OK, confession time. I am a Maria Denmark super fan. Apart from enjoying her blog tremendously & having a stackload of admiration for her giving up her day job to live her dream designing & drafting sewing patterns, I absolutely love every single pattern that I have made that she has produced. I am particularly keen on the knit patterns she has crafted – the style & fit are perfect for me. They are distributed as pdf downloads, but don’t let that put you off – I’ve seen that she is making it even easier to download & construct all those pieces of printed A4 with her new Audrey dress pattern (yes I have it 🙂 ) Anyway, I have to say also that her instructions are also very well documented with photos to help explain the steps, and are easily achievable makes in my opinion. Anyway, this post is about the Day to Night Drape Top pattern.
Folks, this is a speedy stylish sewing fix – seriously this pattern is sooooo easy to make, especially the sleeveless version. Lizzy has made it in the sleeveless variety in highly covetable stripes, & even making it up as a dress (see here) .
Remember I made it here with long sleeves as soon as it came out, & was impressed with it & it has been worn lots. Plus, you must know by now that I adore cowl necklines! With summer on the horizon I could at last make it up sleeveless.
I had some fabric recently acquired that cried out to be made up in this pattern. This is the wondrously fine jersey from Jill’s Itterations Workwear store on Etsy (remember it is still on special offer). I had me some Silver lurex sparkle on beige (hey disco!!)
So this pattern is constructed from just two pieces: a front & a back. It is easily made from less than a metre of fabric. Bargainalicious. And so stylish too.
The front has an integral facing that folds down to make the cowl. This is what it looks like from the inside. I am rapidly falling in love with using clear elastic to finish the neck & sleeve edges. Just requires two rows of zig zag & so neat.
I could not stop at one, I had to make two 🙂
Jill kindly sent me some black to try & it is so soft & wonderfully fine. Perfect for a drapey cowl.
Black to bring my By Hand Charlotte skirt into Spring rotation…
And an added bonus? This top took me an hour tops to make, once I’d cut it out. Cutting out must take all of 15 minutes!