ooobop! gypsy top #2

gypsy top frontThere is something quite comforting about visiting an old pattern. I made my first gypsy top almost a year ago and not only have I had great use out of it, it made a great addition to Dorothy’s ensemble too! Once again I used Butterick B4685, Fast and Easy… and indeed it was.

butterick b4685 sewing pattern

I used view D this time but omitted the front lace panel. I did originally include the underbust elastic but when I tried it on, tucked in a skirt, which is mostly how I intend to wear it, I looked a little (more) like the Michelin Man! So out came the elastic, quicker than when it went in!

I used a remnant of cotton gingham that I picked up from Oxfam, and used every last bit of it! So very satisfying especially as I’ve since found that 100% cotton gingham isn’t that easy to get hold of. Well not in a choice of colours. Despite my local plethora of fabric shops, they all stock poly cotton gingham, for the demand of school dresses, apparently. It looks just as pretty for sure but pure cotton feels so much nicer against my skin.

I prefer the sleeves and the simplicity of this style. Its less fussy and so quick to make up. I am going to make a few more, lined up for summer, and my eldest daughter has put an order in for one too.

gypsy top sleeve detail

It also made sense to enter this into Made by Rae’s Spring Top Sewalong 2012, just as I did last time round. Its not nearly up to the standards of most of the beautiful tops over there but I’m liking the annual inspiration of creating a new tops for Spring all the same! You can see this and all the other entries over at Flickr. My entry has been successful so I will keep you posted when it is time to vote! 😉

gypsy top back view

I wore it out to a trip to the Tate Modern yesterday with Mr and Little Miss Ooobop! and I have to say it is perfect gallery wear. It’s always soooo hot and stuffy in the galleries. The artwork made for a choice back drop too!

gypsy top side view

Hope you are all having a wonderful Easter break 🙂

Gypsy tops

Gypsy top, peasant top, call it what you like, it is indeed another one of those cheeky little numbers that just don’t fade away. It conjures up images of busty bar wenches, sexy Spanish ladies from High Chaparral and proper undergarments worn by ladies of an age gone by. I have to admit that my first interest is the fact that these are seemingly so simple to make and my second is that I am inspired to make a top for the Spring Top Sew Along, hosted by (Made by) Rae.

It will be my first sew along and I’m quite excited. I love being a part of this sewing community.

I have found some gypsy tops online and posted them below (if only to certify that they are still being sold from high street shops in 2011) and I think I might just be heading for a few of these. I think they are so pretty and would make a perfect addition to the anticipated summer wardrobe…

Top Shop gypsy top

Top Shop gypsy top

Miss Selfridge gypsy top

Miss Selfridge gypsy top

Jane Norman peasant top

Jane Norman peasant top

Next gypsy top

Next gypsy top

I also got lucky with a half price sale on Butterick patterns and bought this one …

butterick_b4685

butterick_b4685

I’m loving the ‘Fast & Easy’ bit! Here’s hoping I’ll get my ooobop! gypsy top up by tomorrow evening! Off to my street party now. Just got to iron my ladybug dress… oh and find my brolly! Have a lovely wedding day everyone!