Hilary top made with my own fabric!

Tessuti Hilary Top in wild orchids crepe designed by me

Some readers may remember the wild orchids pattern that I designed a little while ago. I made a few versions in gold, sand, pink, and brick red, they are all available in my Spoonflower shop.

I re-coloured the design to an 11-colour pattern. The blue was drawn from the photographs I took of the blue lady orchids and the rest of the colours are picked from the same collection of photos. I think they look great with the very mellow and light yellow base colour in the background.

Tessuti Hilary Top in wild orchids crepe designed by me

I imagined this print would look so beautiful as a flowy garment so I had it printed on a poly crepe from Next State. My preference is always to sew with natural fibre these days but I have limited options. I also printed the brick red version on the same base. Both turned out lovely! I’m very happy with them. I prepared myself for a battle with the poly crepe, but surprising, this fabric is so easy to work with! I’m really pleased with a painless sew with slippery fabric like this.

Tessuti Hilary Top in wild orchids crepe designed by me Tessuti Hilary Top in wild orchids crepe designed by me Tessuti Hilary Top in wild orchids crepe designed by me

I had my heart set on another Tessuti Hilary Top before I sent it to print! This time, I made a size XXS but lengthened the bodice by 2cm, and the waist and wrist elastics by 2cm for comfort. I used the recommended elastic lengths for both the waist and the wrists for my first Hilary Top, and they’re a bit tight. A slightly longer bodice made it a little more blousy, which shows off the drape of this fabric. I just adore the shape of this top.

I’m wearing it with my Closet Core Ginger Jeans. With the weather cooling down here in Perth, I will get to wear it more often. It’ll look great on its own or pair with a light duster or trench coat for autumn. It’s just delightful to be wearing a garment made from fabric designed by myself, made by and for myself!

Tessuti Hilary Top in wild orchids crepe designed by me

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