Some Sumekko hackery

One of the things that I’ve really enjoyed about Pattern Union’s new Sumekko pattern is that Sarah has urged makers to hack the pattern. I made the long dresses as per the pattern, and also made a short dress, but the time came to make a couple of tops. I had bought remnants from Woven Stories Textiles and set about eking the tops out of the tiny bits of fabric.

I happened to be with Sarah when I bought the fabric so we headed back to her atelier to play. We cut out this gorgeous blue cotton knit first, and the fabric had a long piece which was begging to become ties. Unfortunately the way this remnant was cut meant that I had a big “divot” right at the centre front.

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I fiddled around with it, a bow looked terrible, so I resorted to a large buckle. I couldn’t handle the amount of skin I was flashing, and depending on what I wore, my navel was exposed – quelle horreur!

I knew I would never wear this top as it was, so it needed a creative solution. I’m not sure my solution is that creative, but it does work. I simply filled in the gap with a scrap of fabric.

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I made sure that said scrap had some of the lovely gold print on it. You can see that the gap at the front is much smaller, and I feel much happier.

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The back view highlights this gorgeous fabric better. I really like the gold print.

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My second remnant was this really bold bird painted on red cotton knit. Again, it was a tiny piece of fabric, which made it perfect for the Sumekko.

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I didn’t have enough to give the top any sort of length so added a band and ties from some black cotton knit which was in my scrap box. Unlike the blue top, I simply turned the armholes and neck under and reverse coverstitched them.

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I didn’t have enough fabric to do pattern matching, but like the fact that the birds are in full flight on my back.

I really love these birds and decided to add a little bead where the eye would be on the one on the front. I am also considering putting red beads on the red dots on the tail.

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I have worn and worn both of these tops and envisage having them in pretty constant rotation as the weather warms up.

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The Sumekko is the perfect pattern for making simple tops that are super quick to whip up. I have one planned without ties, perhaps just a band round the bottom.

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