Using both sides of the fabric – 2 hour top – FREE SEWING PATTERN


I just HAD to pen a quick note to show you my latest make. It’s another version of the 2 hour top, which is one of my very earliest free sewing patterns. Here’s the link and a picture in case you missed it the first time round.

What’s new this time round is the use of fabric. I picked up this fabulous material from Fabworks Mill shop (and for those of you who are fed up with hearing me bang on about Fabworks but cant get there, they now do online sales, should you be tempted!)

metallic-2This really unusual broderie anglaise is overprinted with a pale metallic ink which just catches the white stitching of the original fabric. (Broderie anglaise – the translation is “En glish embroidery” – gained its name due to its popularity in Victorian England – but it actually originated in the Czeck Repulic.)

pradaI loved the pale gold look but then when I got it home turned it over and had a good lookat the plain undoctored  pattern, I loved that too. It’s very bold for a broderie anglaise  – chunkier and less delicate than most that you find. It reminded me of the oversize lace fabrics that Prada were using a couple of years ago – like this pastel coloured dress on the left.

I couldn’t decide which I liked more. In the end, I opted for both. A raglan top (thats one where the sleeves come into the shoulders at a diagonal. It’s  usually a less structured shape than the traditional fitted sleeve)….anyway, a raglan top is an ideal pattern to mix fabrics within the same garment. I have added a turn up at the bottom of the sleeve to again contrast the two sides of the fabric.denim-dress-2

Using both sides of the fabric is a really good way to get two different looks that look like they were made to go together  (they were in fact made together, and I like the link it creates). Most of the time when you get a fabric that looks as good on the back as the front then it’s a furnishing fabric. But there are also dress fabrics around – often jacquards – that can be used on both sides to good effect. I have always liked to mix it up a bit. You can see on the Essential Denim Dress is another occasion when that I have used both sides of the fabric – denim is particularly good for that.

metallic-1For anyone who fancies having a go at the 2 hour top there is a step by step tutorial here that talks you through the trickier bits (like the curved hem). I didn’t add anything on to sleeve length to do the contrast turn-up as they are a fairly generous length anyway. Don’t forget to have a look at the original post for information about fabrics and tips for putting it together.