halter top

My latest creation is using a modern pattern (c.2007) but my fabric is something my Mom bought to make clothes for me when I was a little girl. I think I had a shirt made out of this same fabric when I was three or four, so I’m guessing this fabric is close to 30 years old. Its a bright, sunny yellow with tiny strawberry vines and blue and white flowers all over it. Here’s a close-up of it.

The pattern I used was Butterick’s 5011, view A. Its a simple halter top that ties behind the neck, has ties to go around the back of the waist, and just pulls on over your head. Construction was really simple, but I did run into an issue at the end which required me to rip out some stitches and make some changes. You can head over to my sewing blog and read more about it there.

Here’s the finished shirt, with my dog showing her approval.

There’s more photos on my blog.


Here’s a bustier/ bra top I made yesterday from Simplicity 3250. I made it from a 50 cent remnant of luxury satin, found in the $1 bin at my favourite fabric store!

Very comfortable to wear, it’s a one way stretch satin. I thought I’d be clever and sew the 2 ends together at the neck, saving me another set of buttons to wrangle with. The significance of those buttons becomes clear when putting the bustier on – it’s OK, I just have to get hubby to do me up at the back!

Anyway, it was a fun project.