Quick topper

The mags and books that I bought from Taunton’s arrived yesterday. The box they came in was a bit worse for wear and the Postie shook the box when he handed it to me and asked me what was in it. Funny guy. He then asked me if I was a teacher.
I bought Sew Stylish Spring 2007 #1, Fall 2007 #2, Winter 2007 #3, Summer 2007 #1, Winter 2009, Winter 2010, Little Green dresses and Betzina’s Power Sewing on sale.
Ok, so this morning  just after 5am I had to check that our work website was updated. And it was. It was a major update. Yippee. With my excitment, there was no way I was going to get more sleep so I decided to trial a topper (bolero style) from Sew Stylish (Spring 2007) that I’d read yesterday. Below is the fabric folded in half 50 inches by 30 inches. Then it’s folded in half. The side cut is my attempt at the sleeve curve – freehand. 

The instructions suggest you then fold it into ‘quarters’ and then cut the sleeve curve. Below is how it’s folded in quarters. Then you only need to cut the sleeve underarm curve. The style I chose was the dancer’s sweater.

I love the colour of this fabric but it’s not a favourite fabric, so I’ve used this fabric to see if the instructions and my adjustments worked. The finishings of such a small and quick piece still confounded me so after rummaging through my notion stash, I decided to go with no trim at all. Just a simple single fold and straight stitch.

Instead of 50 inches long, mine version is 45 inches long. The width is 30 inches but the side view pic shows that the back has some bulk, so I could make this about 28 inches next time.
This shot is supposed to show you the arm shape, but I feel like I’m about to start dancing the Zorba. WOopha!


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