Rescuing a Dogs Dinner

I decided to make myself a top over the weekend, something nice and simple! I chose a pattern I bought last year, Butterick 6256, and picked some pale mint jersey from my stash. It’s a lovely weight jersey, I bought it in Fabworks a couple of years ago, I think it was their organic cotton range. I’ve got a length of pale mauve as well.

The fabric was made in a tube, which I’ve not come across before, when I say a tube, I mean there was no selvedge, both sides were on the fold. It feels lovely and it was nice to sew too.

Considering it’s a simple pattern – there are only three pattern pieces, it’s amazing how many mistakes you can make when you’re not firing on all cylinders! I sewed the wrong bits together, sewed back to front…my seam ripper was well used!

The front of the top has a crossover design and a curved hem. The first time I tried it on it looked awful, a right dogs dinner, I commented to my OH that it was a perfect lockdown top as I wouldn’t be going out in it! It was too big, even allowing for dropped shoulders and the front cross-over just sagged in a most unbecoming way!! I took it in a bit down the side seams..

The fit was a little better, but the cross-over was still awful, it sagged under my bust and made me look about 7 months pregnant – not a good look!

I then hit on the idea of stitching the cross-over in place. Initially I was just going to slip-stitch it down but I then had the idea of embroidering the neckline and continuing the stitching through all layers of the cross-over. It worked brilliantly. Initially I thought I would have to stitch both sides, but having secured one side the other side sat OK. I just used fly stitch in a very pale blue DMC thread.

Please excuse the lockdown hair – my last haircut was the end of August – I went from autumn lockdown to self isolation to national lockdown!! Goodness knows how long it will be when I next manage to get an appointment!

I rather like it now, whilst it’s not a great make as the hems are wavy, it is wearable out of the house! I’m even tempted to make another one now, probably a size smaller though!

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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12 Responses to Rescuing a Dogs Dinner

  1. Gretchen says:

    Your top is lovely! Happy stitching!

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  2. I am laughing over the phrase “a dog’s dinner”! I’ve never heard it before but I knew what you meant! I think you rescued it very well – no longer dinner for any dog! I like how people are growing out their hair during the pandemic – no need for apologies!

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  3. Laura Conowitch says:

    Great save! The top is really lovely…pretty color! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. sandidureice says:

    Love this. The embroidery adds that special touch.

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  5. claire93 says:

    I rather like it! The cross over and shaped edges at front make it very different from other patterns and it looks very comfortable to me.

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  6. katechiconi says:

    It looks both pretty and comfortable, and I don’t find the wavy hem objectionable, it looks as if it’s supposed to be slightly ripply and fluted. As for the hair: at least you haven’t resorted to the ‘cut it yourself’ idea I’ve seen trending, with dire results! And once you do get back to the hairdresser, the longer locks will give you some new hairstyle options ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. kathyreeves says:

    What a great save Margaret!

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  8. nanacathy2 says:

    It’s very pretty. We all have natural hair now!

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  9. tialys says:

    I like the top and the hair ๐Ÿ˜

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  10. I’ve decided that I’m going to do all my first attempts with new patterns using patterned fabric as it covers a multitude of mistakes! That said, you managed a very acceptable rescue and it looks like a nice comfy top.

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  11. Cute top, and great idea to use the embroidery to hold the neckline in place.

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