If you are anything like me, then you have lots and lots of sewing patterns. Some have been made, some have not, and whilst I have more than enough to last me forever, I still have a whopping list of patterns that I would like to add to my collection.
In order to ease any guilt in my pattern purchasing I am trying to only buy patterns when they are on sale, and during January I noticed that Christine Haynes was offering 47% off her sewing patterns for one day only (her birthday). I jumped on this and promptly ordered The Piper Top which I had been admiring for quite some time. If you prefer paper patterns you might like to browse the selection of Christine Haynes Patterns that Minerva have on their website - I also reviewed The Emery Dress last year as one of my posts on the Blogger Network.
You might be interested to know that subscribing to the Minerva Crafts newsletter is a great way to find out about similar sale opportunities to this. At the time of writing this they have a sale on Vogue sewing patterns and regular emails received from them are a fantastic way to find out about new products, inspiring makes and of course any items that are on sale!
I could not love this Fabric any more. It's the first time that I have used Art Gallery fabric, and it is stunning. It is soft and has a perfect weight for the Piper Top. Florals and striped fabrics are possibly my favourites and this combination of the pink and orange flowers on the blue and white striped background is dreamy. I chose to use a white Gutermann all purpose thread for this project.
This was a really fun and easy project to sew. It was quick to cut out, only 4 pattern pieces are needed, and the step by step instructions are accompanied by lovely photographs, so it would be a great project for a beginner. What also made a big difference was the quality of the fabric. It's stable and doesn't curl when cut, so the construction of the top was totally stress-free!
The Piper Top is a funnel neck top for knit fabrics and it has the option for short or 3/4  length sleeves. As you can see I chose to make the 3/4 length sleeve version and chose to fold my funnel neck down - but you can leave this standing tall if you prefer a higher neckline finish. The sleeves and hem can be finished with the stitch of your choice, and I chose to use a twin needle as I always do with knit tops.
I am already planning my next Piper Top with some leftover ponte roma fabric in my stash, but wouldn't this also be gorgeous made in a scuba fabric too. Hmmmm....
Thanks to Minerva for once again providing such beautiful fabric, I know it's a top that I will wear again and again!
Take care,
Kathy x