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Lucky Dip Bag Stevie Top

Hi, my name is Holly and this is my first blog post for Minerva Crafts. I'm a Mum of two young boys, so most of my sewing gets done in the evening while they sleep! I was given a Lucky Dip Bag of Fabric by Minerva which included this gorgeous floral cotton fabric, which does have a slight one-way stretch. 
It looks very summery with its bright pink and yellow flowers. I'm always drawn to a floral print, so it was no surprise I picked this one. I did consider making some trousers with this, as I think the light colour would be fab for summer. Unfortunately I didn't quite have enough, so in the end I decided on a Tilly and the Buttons Stevie  top.
This has to be one of my favourite patterns at the moment, as it is relatively quick to make, but is a very flattering top or dress. Also it doesn't use a lot of fabric, which was perfect in this case. This is my third Stevie (I have made both the top and dress previously), but I still managed to make a mistake (but more on that later - I blame the late night sewing!). 
The fabric was lovely to cut, I pinned and cut out with scissors, rather than my usual method of pattern weights and a rotary cutter. I find the rotary cutter is easier when the fabric likes to move around or the pins leave marks in the fabric, this did neither and was lovely to work with.
Likewise it was lovely to sew, I did use a zig zag stitch as there is a small amount of stretch, but also because I felt it would look decorative on the top stitching around the neck and hem.
As I said earlier Tilly and the Buttons Stevie is quick to sew and as always with Tilly and the Buttons patterns, the instructions are clear and easy to follow. The main error made, was my own, when cutting out the pieces I managed to cut the back piece on the lengthen and shorten line and not at the line for the top version (don't ask - as I say, I blame the late night sewing!) This meant it hung shorter than I intended. To remedy this (and ensure I was not walking around in a crop top), I overlocked the hem and then just turned up slightly, to make a very small hem, instead of the larger hem in the instructions.
I tend to finish my seams with an overlocker, although, as the pattern says, it's not always necessary and you can use a zig zag stitch. I also added the tie at the back because I love bows, but it is personal preference as there is an option for a button back. I also imagine you could use a simple hook an eye fastening too.
I was really pleased with how this turned out and think the slightly firmer fabric gave it a different look which I think suited the more (accidentally) shorter version. I think this top will be nice over high-waisted trousers or skirts and I think I'll get a lot of wear out of it for the rest of the summer.
Thank you for reading!
Holly @hollyhocks77

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