St-Tropez-Scoop-black-sqaureI just HAD to show you my newest make. It’s another version of a top you may have seen already, the St Tropez Scoop Neck. One of my FREE sewing patterns available for download – here’s the pattern. This one here has a completely different look and it shows the shape off much better than my original patterned version. Here’s a link back to the other one in case you missed it.


This has been a staple in my wardrobe ever since I made it – you can never have too many loose fitting grey tops in my opinion. It was originally based on the yellow top I am wearing on my home page picture (that someone must have once pinned somewhere and has been floating around Pinterest ever since.) I think I’m going to end up making it in 100 different colours because the shape seems to go with everything.

Maybe its asking for trouble but the fabric I used in this one here is a very dark grey linen with a crease printed onto it.  Does linen need any more creasing than it already has? I don’t think so. But I loved the idea of it anyway. Both the fabrics for this top come from Fabworks Mill Shop – they are now selling fabrics online, should you be tempted.St-Tropez-Scoop-black-detail

snake-dressAnd then, just to sharpen it up a little, I have finished the sleeves in a fabulous leather-look python print. I like the way it takes the edge off the prettiness and is a lovely contrast of textures. This black dress from H&M is another good example of how to use python print without looking over the top. Keep your fabric colours the same  and just use the snakeskin as a texture change. I love a bit of animal print but I think less is more, or you end up looking like Bet Lynch, which, however fabulous she may be, is not a look I aspire to.


You can find step-by-step instructions for making The St Tropez Scoop Neck, including how to achieve the little tucks and tips for changing the pattern’s neckline on the original post.