After my ‘creative’ efforts with the feature sleeve I knew I had to have another go at the Bethioua top pattern and in fact I have made four more. One was in the same fabric as the original (when I went back to the shop where I had purchased my original remnant they had another whole roll !) for my daughter which is not shown here.
Firstly, the lobster top. I wanted to make a sea themed garment to wear to the Falmouth sea shanty festival next week and although I’m not generally a big fan of adults wearing children’s prints I just couldn’t help myself when it came to this lobster print. From My Fabrics
I teamed it with a plain navy organic jersey from the same source and gave the sleeves a very small hem.
I’m not sure whether it looks a bit pyjama’ey but it makes me smile so I’ll be wearing it later in the week for sure.
Last Saturday we had a colleague’s evening wedding party to go to, outdoors, and I didn’t have a thing to wear ! What could I make quickly with stuff I already had ? I’m not a big dresser-upper so had the genius idea to make a ‘going out’ sweatshirt top.
I found some gold flecked black ponte roma jersey and gold lace ( both from Truro Fabrics) that I had used a few years ago to make a Moneta. There wasn’t quite enough of the jersey so I had to cut the back in two pieces, hence the lace stripe down the back. I lined the bottom of the sleeves rather than put a cuff on them in order to give a cleaner line which I think has worked well. The weight of the body kept me nice and warm and the gold lace gave a touch of glamour so I was happy with the outcome. ( I didn’t wear jeans to the ‘do’ btw !)
Finally, I made a fourth Bethioua and this time there are no alterations or changes at all, most noticeably the full cuff as specified in the pattern.
I’m pleased with all the garments and just love this pattern. Now I know how it all goes together it takes less than an hour from cut out fabric to finished garment, how fantastic is that ?