I may have bought Learn to Sew With Lauren for the Simple Sleeveless Top pattern (I know, an expensive pattern!) but if you’ve visited recently, you’ll see this beautiful Yoke Top is the third thing I’ve made from the book (the other being my super snuggly Pyjama Bottoms).
The gorgeous aqua flamingo print fabric was another find from Abakhan – in fact, I bought the end of the bolt and was worried I hadn’t got enough fabric to cut out this pattern. As it turned out, I had enough for my Yoke Top, with enough left over for the Simple Sleeveless Top.
Whilst I was in Abakhan I bought some ready made insertion piping…I know, I know, complete cop out but it was only a tiny shortcut. I couldn’t find any buttons that I liked in Abakhan (I know, I was surprised too!) but the Mama Bear came to the rescue with her never ending supply of buttons (do you get this as standard issue when you become a mum?!)
Given the lessons learned with the Simple Sleeveless Top, I could have cut out the pattern a size smaller (as you gather the main front piece of the top, there is a little give in the boob area) but again, that would involve me making a toile, which so far has seemed like too much effort! Oops! That said, it doesn’t look too big on but as I plan to make another in a different colour I’ll need to make my pattern a size smaller.
The instructions were, once again, very easy to follow although lengthy in the number of steps there were in the method. The ladder stitching on the inside of the top felt a bit laborious at times but it leaves a really neat finish (something other Sewcialists keep posting on Instagram and shaming me into). In total it took me two evenings (although for the quicker or you, this might be even less, I’m not known for speed-sewing).
I can’t wait for the weather to warm up so I can start wearing this little lovely…it will no doubt be perfect for meals out over the summer as it’s very floaty and covers your tummy perfectly.
What colour fabric shall I use next time? I’m thinking a nice navy print so that I can wear it in the evening – the turquoise is beautiful but it, along with the white piping and binding on the inside of the garment, feels very much like a summery daytime top rather than something that will take me from day to night. That said, I can’t wait to put it on with a pair of shorts when the sun starts shining!
If you like this post, you might also like my Button Down Back Top post – sadly it’s not a Lauren special (it was a pattern from Love Sewing Magazine) but it will be another great addition to your wardrobe and also has a beautiful yoke and contrast piping detail.
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