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Surprise in the back of the Lillia T-shirt

I can’t tell you how excited I am by the response to the latest pattern release. Lots of you have now downloaded the new Lillia T-Shirt pattern.
So I was thinking to myself, now that you have the basic T-Shirt pattern, what else can you do with it?
Well how about adding a surprise in the back?

Lillia T-shirt Back Completed image
Lillia T-shirt Back Completed

This is a very effective, yet simple way to make a nice T-Shirt top into a special occasion top.
I’ve used a soft, medium weight knit fabric in an everyday pink, however I think the look could be a lot more glamorous in black, midnight blue or you could even use lace on the back.

Once you have downloaded your Lillia T-Shirt pattern, assemble it and cut out your required size. You will need to either print off the back piece a second time or draw around it onto a large piece of paper, so that you have two back pieces. Tape these two back pieces together to make one large pattern.

Lillia T-shirt Back Pattern image
Lillia T-shirt Back Pattern

Modify the Lillia T-shirt pattern

Now for a bit of measuring. You are going to alter the pattern to create the new back section piece by measuring across from the neck edge along one shoulder for 2 inches/5 cm. Then measure along the opposite bottom hem edge 7 inches/18 cm. Draw a straight diagonal line connecting these two points and cut along it. This is now your new pattern section for the back of your Sexy Lillia T-Shirt.

Lillia T-shirt Modified Pattern image
Lillia T-shirt Modified Pattern

Cut two back pieces from your stretch jersey fabric along with one front piece, which is cut on a fold and a neckband.
To assemble the back of your shirt together, start by turning under and hemming the long diagonal edges. Use a ½ inch hem allowance. If you are fortunate enough to have a coverstitch machine this would be perfect for using here to create an even hem without pulling or stretching the fabric out of shape.

Lillia T-shirt Back image
Lillia T-shirt Back

Position the two back pieces on top of one another, as in my photo, and baste stitch around the neck edge to hold the two back sections together. Treat the new back section as one piece as you assemble the rest of your Lillia T-Shirt together following these instructions.

Lillia T-shirt Neck Band image
Lillia T-shirt Neck Band
Lillia T-shirt Back Completed image
Lillia T-shirt Back Completed

Camellia Top – Free Pattern Giveaway


This week I have been working with a wonderful IT team to create a pattern of my own to use here on Sewing Avenue. The process has been a lot more technical than I imagined it would be so I am extremely grateful to the guys for all that they have done so far. I love the end result, it is a very useful pattern which I can use and manipulate in many ways to create an infinite amount of designs and very wearable tops.

So far I have had time to made the Camellia Top in three different fabrics for three different looks. I’ve made it in a bright pink with a black trim, a floral cotton with a white bias binding and a silver satin.
I have big plans for this little top and I am going to be making it again in future blogs to create different looks for many occasions.

Camellia Top in Pink
Camellia Top in Pink
Camellia Top in Floral
Camellia Top in Floral
Camellia Top in Silver
Camellia Top in Silver

The Camellia Top is a fantastic item to add to any woman’s wardrobe. This top is very easy to make and comes as just two simple pattern pieces, a back and a front. There are two bust darts in the front piece to create a bit of shape and it is edged with bias binding which can be either the same fabric or a contrasting colour. It is a top which will never go out of style and can be updated for any season in a wide range of fabrics.

I have decided to share the fun with you so therefore I am making this pattern available for everyone to download completely free. It will be available from Sunday 8th February 2015.
If you want to send me your Email before that date I will still be able to ensure that you get the link on Sunday 8th.

Camellia Top Pattern
Camellia Top Pattern

Simply fill in your Email address above on the “Email Newsletter” and I’ll send you a link to download your very own copy of the Camellia Top. I promise that your Email details will be held in confidence and never shared with anyone.

This pdf pattern covers sizes US 4/UK 8, US 6/UK 10, US 8/UK 12.
It prints out in both A4 and Letter and uses 9 pieces of paper. It also comes with a construction diagram for assembling the pattern pieces and instructions for making up the garment.

Camellia Top Pattern
Camellia Top Pattern

I intend to get the pattern made in more sizes before the end of February, up to and including sizes US 20/UK 24, so if you don’t see the size you need here please be patient and I’ll have it ready as soon as possible and post a blog about it when it is done. Then you too can enjoy making many Camellia tops for yourself and your friends and family.

I’d love to hear from you to find out how you have made your Camellia Top. Let me know which fabrics you like and maybe how you have restyled it to suit yourself. Have you added extra length or maybe put buttons down the front? Have you made it a different colour on the back to the front or even with a “v” neck instead of rounded?
There are so many possibilities.

Please leave a comment below.

Happy sewing