The Hila and Teresa Tops #sewdowndewsbury

I’ve already written about how much I enjoyed #sewdowndewsbury and spending time with Ali of Thimberlina. Another thing I was particulary looking forward to was meeting Hila and Teresa, who I’d already felt a connection with via their blogs  and 2015’s antics of Jumping Into June.

Turns out that they are just as fantastic in person as they are on their blogs – and maybe on some cosmic level there is a connection between me and them, because we bought the same fabric in Fabworks. If that isn’t proof that we met in some earlier life or something then I don’t know what is!!

So I decided to call my makes after them – so may I introduce the Hila and Teresa tops.

First up the Hila.

This cowl neck top, one of the many Burda permutations is one of my favourite patterns. So far I had only made longsleeve or sleeveless versions of it, but a picture on Lucie‘s blog convinced me that actually it looks really smashing with short sleeves.

One thing I changed from the Burda pattern is the size of the cowl. I made it a little bit less pronounced by pinching out a little from the pattern and also by making the shoulder seem come closer to the neck. In that way the cowl doesn’t open quite as far as normal and bra-revealing accidents are a thing of the past.


There’s your evidence. Yep, I follow the scientific method on this blog!

Next up is the Teresa blouse:

Fashioned from spotty cotton lawn/batiste (which unfortunately creases like a thing possessed, so much so that I’m inclined to group it with “creases are fashionable” linen).

I used the Barbara pattern from Maison Victor 3/4 2017

As you can see, the patter is acutally for a dress, so I just lenghtened the bodice and eyeballed a few changes to make it look right.

Do you know Maison Victor, by the way?

It’s the younger hipster’s answer to sewing magazines. I’m neither young nor a hipster, but ever since I cancelled my Burda subscription I feel I have leave to buy loads of other magazines. It has some nice boy’s and men’s patterns that come in slim sizes (those hipsters don’t seem to be very hungry…) so that’s good for my boys.

Back to the Teresa:

I love the scoop neckline – I know that choking high necklines are all the rage, but all the do for me is give me a rage (plus they look ridiculous on me, my head seems to be twice the size when I wear a very high neckline), so I was pleased about this variation. The blouse has a gathered back bodice and a yoke with I lined in a remnant because I was worried the dots of the fashion fabric might show through to the front.
I think the rick rack makes this – just breaks up the fabric enought to add a little bit of interest.

The blouse was a big hit with my students today (“Oh Miss, you look very pretty today” “Hush, don’t tell her that, tell her she looks pretty all the time” “But she looks particularly pretty today” – sometimes you just gotta love teaching 🙂 ), so I am pleased to have scored in a young person’s world. Maybe there’s a hipster in me yet?

So, Hila and Teresa: it was lovely to meet you in Dewsbury and I’ll think of you every time I wear these tops!



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8 thoughts on “The Hila and Teresa Tops #sewdowndewsbury

  1. nelnanandnora March 18, 2017 at 12:01 am Reply

    Both topes are lovely, Chris. I love La Maison Victor! Not sure if we can get it in the UK so I’ll have to order from Belgium.

  2. nelnanandnora March 18, 2017 at 12:01 am Reply

    Tops, not topes!

  3. tialys March 18, 2017 at 9:43 am Reply

    Both look great. I’m with you on the high necks dilemma – I don’t know about my head but they certainly make my bust look twice as big :/
    I see you are making the most of discovering how to do the photo circles! They are good for highlighting details aren’t they?

    • Chris March 18, 2017 at 11:15 am Reply

      Yes, I love those circles. I’ve always admired them on other Blogs and regretted that I don’t know the first Thing about techy stuff like that. And then I discovered that you can simply select them on the menu!!! Mind blown!

  4. Nicely done! I like them both. You finished off your insides perfectly!

  5. chocolatebluenz March 19, 2017 at 12:10 pm Reply

    Nice tops and I agree with your students that the second one is very pretty (nice neckline) . I enjoy reading your commentary – your sense of humour makes me smile.

  6. Danielle March 19, 2017 at 1:05 pm Reply

    They both look great. I especially like the Theresa pattern!

  7. […] you can see the finished neckline on my Hila top. I’ve used this method for loads of knit tops and it has always worked a […]

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