Here’s a two piece set I sewed! I was inspired by Sophie’s post here about two piece sets on her blog Ada Spragg. Actually, Caroline was the one that mentioned it during a discussion about us both wanting to sew more just for fun projects. Which got me excited about dreaming up two-piece set projects! So here is mine.
The top is the bustier/crop top from Burda 6970, same as the turquoise one here. I made the first version to test the fit, so my two-piece top would be even better.
The skirt is the Hollyburn skirt, view A, the longest version. I meant to place the centre front seam placed on the fold instead but totally forgot while cutting it out, so it’s the same as the pattern. Looking at these photos, I think the waistband would look better narrower, so there’s more space between the top and the skirt.
The good part about combining these two patterns is that the bustier pieces fit in the wasted space around the Hollyburn pieces! So it doesn’t take much more fabric to add a crop top while cutting out the Hollyburn skirt. If you skipped the self-fabric facings and used a different fabric, you could save even more.
The fabric is a cotton voile from Telio, originally planned for a Cambie Dress. It would make a lovely Cambie, very pretty and girly, but I think I’m even more pleased with it as a two-piece set. For one, you can mix and match the pieces!
(Cool sunlight effects in these photos. I have no idea how they happened but it’s rather neat!)
I totally fixed the gaping across the top edge of the bustier top. What I did was added stay tape across the neckline, but cut the stay tape shorter than the seamline. That way, it ended up shorter than the seamline, pulling the edge in tight against the upper bust. (I wish I’d written down the measurement somewhere! I believe it was half an inch but when I make this top again, I’ll measure the finished edge of this version to compare.)
I also added stay tape across the back neckline, just for good measure.
The top goes especially well with a dark slim skirt.
In fact, I prefer it with a dark solid bottom rather than as a matching set. As a set, it’s pretty much just like a dress, but with a dark skirt the top stands out more.
I underlined this version, since the cotton voile was on the thin side and I thought it might wrinkle at the sides. It’s lined with stretch white poplin because that’s what I had on hand.
Added a cute ‘Handmade with Love’ label (get them here!):
I understitched the lower edge of the armhole, the back neckline, and the front neckline. You can only stitch part of each section but it makes a much nicer edge.
I catchstitched the hem to the underlining, instead of topstitching as it calls for in the instructions. There was no visible topstitching anywhere else so I wanted the hem to be invisible too.
And the best improvement I made – I reduced the facing by 1/8″ (3mm) so the fabric rolls to the inside ever so slightly.
This makes nice edges along the neckline and armhole and reduces the chance of the facing rolling to the outside. When you can’t understitch, this helps improve the finish.
It fits well, it feels comfortable and I feel rather sexy in it. It’s easy to make things that are cute and pretty and girlish, but I rarely choose things that give off that sexy bombshell vibe. It’s a little outside my usual comfort zone but I absolutely love it. I feel hot in it!
There’s a limit to how many crop tops one person needs in their wardrobe, but I have plans to make one more – a plain black one. On the envelope cover the sample crop top is black and I think it looks great. Now that the bustier fits well I may even try the dress version.
So I was inspired to sew this top for the co-ordinates theme, making a matching set to wear, but I actually prefer both pieces on their own. I’m glad because I might not have made this pattern otherwise and I really like it.
What do you think about coordinating sets: yes or no?