My Makes | The Molly Top

The Foldline recently shared an article from The Guardian on their Instagram and it prompted some interesting comments. One that really struck a chord was from Marie. She said that she’d noticed a lot of sewists make masses of new garments, much faster than she’d buy clothes from the shops. If you read this post you’ll know that I’ve made a lot of stuff recently, far more clothes than I would ever buy in a month. Part of me is pleased about that because my handmade to shop bought ratio is improving. On the other hand, churning out loads of home sewn clothes seems like just another brand of mass consumerism.

Part of my plan for this year is to make sensible choices when I’m sewing so that the things in my wardrobe get lots of use. Enter the Sew Over It Molly top.

White sew over it molly top

I have a lot of long sleeved tops in my wardrobe and I wear them often. Most of them are years old and came from low cost shops like New Look or Primark (I know, I know! I’ve seen the error of my ways and now avoid fast fashion retailers). They’re tatty and need replacing. I’ve heard lots of good things about the Molly Top and I like the grown-on-sleeve-plus-extension-bit (technical term).

I used a remnant from The Shuttle that cost 30p a metre so this was a really inexpensive make. Its super soft, very lightweight and has a subtle slub. When I went to press it, it became obvious that it’s synthetic. Very synthetic. Even the lowest setting on my iron made it stick! It feels lovely though, so I’m not going to get too snobby about what it’s made from.

White sew over it molly top

The Molly pattern is very similar to my Breton top, but instead of a facing it has a proper neckband. I much prefer the neckband as it looks more like a t-shirt you’d buy RTW, and I really don’t want my homemade clothes to look homemade! I did have a lot of trouble attaching that neckband though. There was lots of swearing and unpicking, but I got there in the end. It’s a bit wobbly in places but it sits nice and flat when I wear it. For a first attempt I’m pretty chuffed with it!

The keen-eyed among you will notice that my tee isn’t hemmed. That’s not entirely down to laziness, I actually quite like the unfinished edge. Before I started sewing I used to buy ASOS’s Forever t-shirts. They have unfinished edges and I love them, so I decided to mimic that style on my Molly.

White sew over it molly top

Neckband woes notwithstanding, it was really quick and simple to put together. If you happen to be in need of basic t-shirts, you could definitely cut and sew a few of these in a day.

I know I’ll get lots of wear from a plain white tee, so although it was a quick make using cheap fabric, I still feel that its better than stocking up on low cost clothes from the high street.

I’m really interested to hear your thoughts about high volume home sewing. Does it bother you?



  1. 4 March , 2017 / 10:51 am

    Totally agree, I have been making far more clothes than I can physically wear. So for now I’m working on some longer projects (jeans and a coat) and then I’m going to continue my quest to find a style that suits my lifestyle. I no longer work in an office environment and the only difficult adjustment is my choice of clothing. I love smart and beautiful clothing but my lifestyle really dictates test I should go more casual

    • 4 March , 2017 / 11:03 am

      Hi Patricia!

      I think working on more complex projects is a great idea. You can still sew, but reduce your output. I’ve got my eye on the Sew Over It Chloe coat at the mo. Just need to decide on the perfect fabric/lining combo.

      I used to wear skyscraper heels and a pencil skirt to work every day. Then I left to work in the voluntary sector and there’s no dress code so I don’t have a “work wardrobe” any more. I only dress up for external meetings and such. It’ll be a big shock to the system if I ever work somewhere smart again- I’ve been used to wearing jeans and a tshirt to work for the last 4 years!

      • 12 March , 2017 / 7:03 am

        The Chloe coat is a brilliant pattern. We’re hoping to make that our first blog this week. The course is brilliant, hope you find your fabric soon.

  2. 5 March , 2017 / 11:24 pm

    Totally agree that it can be just as consumerist as shopping! Once I get my basics made I’m planning to cut down on the number of items I sew and sew items that take a bit longer and have new techniques to increase my skills. For now I’m enjoying actually having nice things to wear again!

    • 11 March , 2017 / 12:23 pm

      Couldn’t agree more! I want to replace my tatty old basics and, once that’s done, make a start on longer projects like shirts and coats.

    • 11 March , 2017 / 12:23 pm

      P.S. I love you blog! Your photos are beautiful!

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