22 August 2018

A Dreamy Double Gauze Stevie Top

Tilly's dreamy double gauze Stevie top - Tilly and the Buttons
Tilly's dreamy double gauze Stevie top - Tilly and the Buttons

My everyday wardrobe is seeing more and more versions of our Stevie pattern on rotation. I've made two dresses, which have seen me through the never-ending London heatwave, and my third version is this top, which I think is my favourite one yet.

Tilly's dreamy double gauze Stevie top - Tilly and the Buttons
Tilly's dreamy double gauze Stevie top - Tilly and the Buttons

The fabric is a beautiful double gauze that I found on Etsy. If you haven't handled it before, double gauze is made up of two layers of very fine cotton gauze woven together, giving it a lightweight-yet-not-thick, almost cloud-like - marshmallow-like, if you will - feel. Yes, it's as dreamy as it sounds! I thought the stripes would be horizontal, so was a bit thrown when it arrived and they were vertical, but I've come round to it and think I like it more this way.

Tilly's dreamy double gauze Stevie top - Tilly and the Buttons

The yoke on the back is just screaming out for a contrast print, so I cut the pieces on the crosswise grain to make the stripes horizontal. The wrinkly, floaty nature of double gauze mean that the stripes don't always look like they match up - and I'm totally blaming that on the fabric, and not on the large glass of chardonnay that was sat next to me as I sewed the top one night in a sleep-deprived mama haze, hehe ;)

Tilly's dreamy double gauze Stevie top - Tilly and the Buttons

Some of our customers have been wearing their Stevie tops and dresses back-to-front-on-purpose, so I thought I'd give it a whirl myself... and it totally works! The modern, easy-fitting style of the pattern means that it doesn't matter which way round you wear it.

Trying Stevie this way round has inspired me to plan a peasant-style version in something drapey like tencel, voile or viscose chambray, with an embroidered design on the yoke - worn at the front - and perhaps adding tie tassels. Ooh, you could also insert a little ruffle into the yoke seam if you wanted to make it extra pretty. I've seen lots of tops and dresses like this in the shops recently and think it would make a lovely summery piece.

Tilly's dreamy double gauze Stevie top - Tilly and the Buttons
Tilly's dreamy double gauze Stevie top - Tilly and the Buttons
Tilly's dreamy double gauze Stevie top - Tilly and the Buttons

Do you prefer Stevie with the opening at the front or the back?

Sewing pattern - Stevie top and dress
Photos - Jane Looker

7 comments:

  1. Love this shirt with the pocket and the sleeves, the opening in front looks nice, but not with the one you just made, because of the pocket. Would this pattern suit a body with big breasts?

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    1. Hehe good point - I know sewists love pockets but not sure why anyone would need one on the shoulder blade! :)

      I wear a FF cup bra and love the look on me. I guess it's down to personal preference.

      If you wanted to do an FBA (I didn't do one as bra cup sizes don't exactly translate to pattern cup sizes), you could use the same technique as we suggest for the Bettine pattern, where you gather the extra length created on the bodice into the side seams instead of inserting a dart.

      Let us know how you get on if you make it!

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  2. Love this both ways.. pocket in back would fit our comical art culture. Can it work just a bit longer? My daughter had a baby and has her baby belly, but this looks great for that.. she's having such a hard time finding attractive shirts that are affordable, for this phase.. she's got a 6 mo old and still recovering from an intense labor that prolonged getting back into shape. She's frustrated.

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    1. Yes you can certainly lengthen it. 11 months on I still have a baby belly too, but hey, I've also got a lovely baby so all smiles here :) Wishing your daughter well x

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  3. I do like it with the split at the front and I LOVE this pattern. I used to sew all the time but apart from curtains & cushions I havent sewn a thing since I moved into this house 16 year ago. I have been looking for a versatile top and I think this one fits the bill perfectly, Well done so glad I found you.

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    1. So glad you like it! I hope the pattern will get you back into sewing clothes. It's quick and easy so should be a nice one for reigniting your sewing mojo!

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  4. Love this :)
    do you have any suggestions for a full hip adjustment... same with the Bettine dress (which i bought the pattern for a while ago but never made). I am very pear shaped, hip measurement is approx 48" (waist is 36") so I don't fit into any of your gorgeous patterns :(

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