Who's got their minds on their holidays? I know we're in the depths of winter here in Yorkshire but if you're anything like me & haven't had one in 2 years, you'll be desperate for a bit of holiday sewing to get you in the mood for some sunshine & Sangria.
Tammy Handmade is a relatively new designer on the block with just 10 patterns available & has very generously made the Etty Camisole top available for free! We can of course print it off for you if you're not a fan of sticking PDFs together.
This is a lovely beginner friendly top, with a pretty scalloped neckline, narrow shoulder straps, and just slips over the head so no fastenings. It's meant to be relatively loose fitting for a relaxed & comfortable fit, so there are no bust darts.
The back & hemline are straight & the neckline is finished with facings.
If you're worried about sewing around the scalloped neckline, don't be - Tammy has a YouTube tutorial to help you sew it up. Just take it slowly & you'll have a lovely top in no time! I reckon it could easily be extended into an A-line slip dress too, just continue the slight angle of the side seams to whatever length that you want, making sure there's enough room at the hips & if you decide to make it full length, make sure that you include some slits or else you won't be able to walk!
The pattern is available in sizes 6 to 24, which will fit a bust of 31" up to 49" with a maximum waist size of 42" & hip of 52".
Even better is that you'll only need need between 1 & 1.5 metres of fabric, depending on the width if your fabric & the size that you sew, so you might find something in our Bolt End Basket
of delight to make it with!
Suggested fabrics are lightweight wovens, such as Satin, cotton lawn or poplin, rayon, viscose, crepe or voile & we have lots of options available for you. Dashwood Studio have their lovely Bold & Bloom
collection of rayons below, which would be perfect for the Etty.
If patterned fabrics aren't your thing, we've got a beautiful Atelier Brunette viscose crepe in tangerine orange
or for a more budget friendly option we have 3 colourways of plain viscose challis in black
would also be perfect, especially for your holidays as it won't crease in your suitcase!
We've got so many beautiful cotton lawns available it's hard to feature just one or 2 but I thought this new collection from Ruby Star Society called Food Group
would be a fun choice. Choose from pretty bouquets of flowers & gingham to full on Carmen Miranda which features a variety of fruit & veg!
Although these are technically quilting cottons, the fabric has a lovely drape to it, almost like a cotton lawn which should behave nicely around the scalloped neckline. You just need to be aware that they are only 112cm wide, rather than the normal 140cm-150cm width of dressmaking fabrics.
So that's it from me, I hope this lovely little cami top has brightened up what is forecast to be a rather stormy weekend. I'll be back next week with another free pattern!