I’ve been eyeing peplum tops for a while and then the lovely Fiona (you can find her here) suggest the Marthe top (or Blouse Marthe) and I was sold.


I wasn’t sure which fabric to use, well aware that something not drapey enough would look stiff and sticky-outy (… you find me a better word if you can), then I scored this gorgeous tana lawn, Liberty style fabric at the Malvern quilt festival and I just knew…

(It was £12/m and you can buy it online from Stitchfabrics).


The pattern is  pdf download and it doesn’t take to long to stick all the pages together.

I did size 36″ chest and if fits perfectly.  Maybe if I used a more stretchy fabric I could have made a 34″ but I like to be able to move my arm freely.  The construction is very simply and clever, I loved the raglan style sleeves! (no fiddly inset sleeves… ahem…)

The instructions are in English too but the only thing I would say is … there aren’t many of them… it’s not hard, but if this is your first top you might want to check out a few more detailed instructions.

Or you can wing it.  Like I did when the directions simply said ‘add bias binding to the neckline’.

Let’s not look too closely.

So there you have it, a perfect English summer top.

Tea, anyone?


One thought on “– 81 – summer sewing, part 2

  1. Shirley says:

    Both of your summer tops are absolutely beautiful and look fabulous on you! I would have a hard time deciding which was my favorite but I think I like that Liberty fabric the best. Think both tops will be versatile and can be worn with jeans (always my favorite) but dressed up with skirts, capris, etc. Love seeing your projects.


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