So far I have only blogged about my Dora Dresses, but if you have had a look at my pattern on Etsy, you will have seen that the download includes the option to make a hip length top version also.
The best part about the top version is that it is a great scrap busting pattern requiring very little fabric to make, approximately 1m for most sizes. You do also need 0.5m of lining material, but with wider fabrics and in smaller dress sizes you may be able to squeeze the whole top plus the lining out of 1m.
The fabric for the version in the photos below was from Backstitch. I bought it quite a long time ago, and had some scraps leftover from another project. This top was made out of those scraps, win!
The Dora top is a great layering piece and very versatile. In the summer I would wear my cotton lawn versions by themselves with jeans (it doesn’t really get warm enough here for shorts), but in winter I am layering them up with big cardigans and still getting so much wear out of them.
Below I’m wearing mine with this long cosy cardigan I bought a while ago from Celtic and Co. I love their knitwear and it’s made in the UK. I really should try and knit some cables at some point, but I’m still a bit intimidated, maybe one day.
If you like the look of the Dora top you might enjoy these posts about my Dora Dresses. The silver one and the green one.
Speaking of knitting, I just finished making this hat for Aaron. I had a couple of balls of wool left from this jumper project and the pattern for the jumper came with an additional hat pattern, so I thought I’d give it a go. It’s just a simple hat, as I left off the colour work, but Aaron says it is his favourite hat ever, so not a bad result. I think it looks a bit weird on me, but it really suits him and my dad has already requested I make him one, so I think this hat has been an unexpected hit.
We took the above photos on our Sunday walk a couple of weeks ago. It was really fun taking photos of Aaron. It made me realise I should probably make more handmade clothing for him. Can anyone recommend any good menswear patterns? I really struggle to find any I like. I did buy the Aldrich menswear book ages ago so maybe I should try drafting my own. So many ideas, so little time 🙂
Gorgeous photos! Something tells me you’ll find knitting cables to be no challenge at all! Go for it.
Are you familiar with Thread Theory ? It’s an Indie pattern company from my part of the world, western Canada that specializes in menswear.
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That’s great to hear! Maybe I should get over my fear and just go for it.
I have heard of them but I didn’t realise they did menswear, I will look them up. Thanks for the recommendation I really appreciate it 🙂
A friend of mine has a really neat project going with free menswear patterns drafted to your measurements. I’ve made one of the hoodie patterns for myself and it worked out really well! Joost has been working so hard on this and it deserves all the attention: freesewing.org
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Oh yeh I read about this yesterday it sounds like an incredible resource. What an amazing achievement for your friend. I will have to check it out. Thanks so much for pointing this out.