Finally I have some finished projects to show! (I’ve been working in-house for the last month hence my sewing and blogging productivity took a nosedive – renewed respect for anyone who manages to juggle them with a full-time job!) You probably saw references to this pattern cropping up a few times during my #MMM – the Zippy Top by See Kate Sew. I only bought the pattern in April (during a 20% off period) and it’s more than paid for itself in finished garments already. It may seem pretty basic, but the drafting is really great and it also has a nifty way to insert that back feature zip that I wouldn’t have figured out by myself, so I still think it’s worth the quite steep $12 price tag. You can also easily hack the pattern into a darling smock dress, so it’s really two patterns in one.
It’s a speedy and thrifty sew, as you can fit the top onto 1m of 52-60″ wide fabric (1.5m of 44″ wide) and easily make it up in one quick sewing session. It works with nearly any light/medium woven or knit fabric, from quilting cotton to viscose jersey. My first one was made from the quilting Annali Collection by Dashwood Studio, available here or here. I’ve found the neutral grey goes great with coloured chinos or jeans, and it drapes amazingly well for a quilting cotton top with no darts or shaping.
The pattern has a cool/weird uterus-shaped neckline facing to get a nice clean edge on that back exposed zip. I bought a big job lot of mixed zips from eBay, and there were a bunch of these cool neon plastic chunky ones in there; perfect for a statement contrast on the Zippy.
Photo yanked from MMM to show my second zippy, with no zip but an added draped front pocket. It’s made from a vicsose jersey from Minerva. The pattern needed no alterations to work with a knit (besides leaving off the zip and facings), and this is basically a perfect t-shirt to me. It might wean me off my cheap high-street-basic-tee habit and make me start sewing my own. Minerva just got a whole load of brilliant new jerseys in, which helps – I’ve got some gold and grey to make more of these.
My third Zippy is a frock version using my dreamy Shavings & Sharpenings Liberty tana lawn from Shaukat and Kate’s tutorial. I tapered down two sizes at the base of the bodice so it comes in a little at the waist rather than hanging too wide (I can still easily pull it on and off), and also made the skirt panels A-line rather than rectangular to avoid too much bulk at the gathered waistline.
I treated the special fabric with the respect it deserves and it gave it neat and tidy insides. The skirt top is with gathered with elastic and overlocked to the bodice. There’s a nice deep blind hem to help it hang properly. As I mentioned before, it could just do with a skirt lining or slip to stop it sticking to tights, but it’s perfect with bare legs for the summer.
Since than I’ve made two more tops: a polka dot silky poly one, and another knit one using some of the fabric I scored in Quito, which I wore yesterday. As you can tell, I’m smitten with this pattern; the things I’ve made with it are real wardrobe workhorses and you can get such a different look with different fabrics and embellishments. Definitely a TNT pattern for me. What do you think, are seemingly simple patterns worth investing in sometimes?