Mid-mod mash-up

And another nice cool linen top.

It’s my good friend Butterick B6056, but with a twist. The linen is a lightweight version, printed with this lovely mid-century modern tropical print which reminds me strongly of curtains my parents had in one of my childhood homes (in a quieter colour scheme!). Even as a small child, I’d lie in bed looking at the print and wondering why they hadn’t coloured in properly between the strong black lines and why the leaves were that strange colour. I must have been a very tidy-minded 5 year old…

However, it was an end-of-bolt remnant, and only 90cm/35 inches long, not enough for any pattern I had. Undaunted, I set about thinking sideways once again. I could get a sleeveless top out of it if I put a seam down the centre front instead of a fold, and if I added a sort of peplum doodah at the bottom to supplement the meagre 25 inch length from shoulder to hem. I was prepared to use a matching dark blue for the peplum, but in the end, careful measuring showed I could probably get enough extra out to make it from the main fabric.

So I cut the front and back and then pieced together a long 4 inch deep peplum out of all the scraps. I made bias binding from a blending pink fat quarter for the neck and armholes. Halfway through the assembly, I had to spend a tedious hour with the overlocker, rethreading it at least 4 times because thread 4 would not stay threaded. Still, I didn’t let it defeat me, and in the end, I was victorious. I debated whether to gather or put pleats in the peplum, and in the end went with pleats as I didn’t feel there was enough fabric to make gathers look good (nothing worse than stingy gathers). Also, my rear end is quite wide enough without a sticky-out frill thing; the pleats do at least lie flat. It’s a little shorter than I usually like, but worth it, I feel. And of course it’ll improve with washing, like all linen – at present it’s a bit stiff.

So there we are. Iteration No. 4 of this trusty pattern. Very happy with it, and the fabric cost me $6…

39 thoughts on “Mid-mod mash-up

  1. Lucinda Sans says:

    I love it!

    The print is very reminiscent.

  2. kymlucas says:

    You are so creative, thinking of ways to make it work!

  3. Beautiful as always & sideways thinking is always good coz u never ever get defeated 🤩
    Another lovely for NH trip 😍

  4. It looks lovely and summery and I am a little envious of your ability to make less than a metre stretch into a top!

  5. Love everything about it, and it looks gorgeous on you

  6. tialys says:

    It’s amazing what you can do with pattern pieces if you ignore the makers’ layouts and go it alone, Depending on the brand, some of them are way too fabric hungry, allowing too much ease and huge seam allowances. It doesn’t always work but, in this case, it obviously has – with lots of ingenuity on your part of course.
    As for spending an hour with the overlocker – how well I remember that. I now have a new machine which is virtually self-threading but, of course, I had to ‘sell the family farm’ to buy it 🤣

    • katechiconi says:

      Having been loaned John’s grandmother’s overlocker (not quite an heirloom, but by no means the latest model), I really can’t justify wanting another one. I’ve had it serviced and when No. 4 thread is running well, it functions perfectly. Of course, the No. 4 is the one with the trickiest threading path…

  7. nanacathy2 says:

    It looks very bright and summery, and I love the doodah!

  8. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    Dubble cool this is !!:D

  9. It looks lovely and I am so impressed by your tweaking and making a little piece of fabric make a garment.

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s such lovely fabric I couldn’t allow myself to be defeated! I’d have introduced the dark blue if I couldn’t get the peplum out of the leftovers, but luckily that wasn’t necessary.

  10. Terri says:

    Very cute top. Isn’t it funny how fabric can bring back memories from when you were a kid?

  11. claire93 says:

    I love it!

  12. Edi says:

    Your top came out beautifully. You are inspiring me to sew garments for myself again. It’s been many years. Love that it was so inexpensive too!

    • katechiconi says:

      This particular pattern is very easy, and I’d have finished it in a day if it hadn’t been for the overlocker (serger). I have 4 versions of the same thing now, and get compliments whenever I wear them, so I think there’ll probably be even more in my future 🙂

  13. Sharon says:

    Perfect summer top ~ love the necklace your wearing with it too!

  14. Dayphoto says:

    You are amazingly creative!!!!

  15. cedar51 says:

    absolutely awesome…I was wearing something the other day, and I thought “could I add to make it longer” – it’s a commercial entity but maybe a doodah is what I need. And since I do have a new sewing machine maybe it’s doable…

    • katechiconi says:

      I don’t see why not… with a different pattern, I’d have cut the top off higher and made the bottom part (hereafter forever called a doodah!) deeper so it looked ‘on purpose’. The only caveat is that you have to use something of similar weight or it’ll pull and be stiff and look completely wrong.

  16. Moira says:

    So nice and summery and lovely!

  17. knitnkwilt says:

    very cool! Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

  18. It’s a gem, Kate. I love the pattern, and who doesn’t like linen on hot days? The fabric is cute and so are you.

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