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The Bermuda Triangles Top

Everyone loves a good pattern hack. Well check this one out.

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This strappy top is loosely based on Simplicity 2362. I picked this pattern up at the V&A London meetup.


Now I’m sure those pockets are lovely in real life but I just couldn’t bring myself to use those lower bodice pieces. Enter the trusty gathered rectangle.

I could also see that the strap varieties on offer were all lovely. But why isn’t there an option for just a single spaghetti strap? It’s not like there’s a lot of dress to support weight-wise.

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Finally, since I’d decided to turn this into a top rather than a dress I just couldn’t rationalise putting in a zip, so I cut the bodice on the fold and shirred the back.


The fabric used is a Liberty cotton I picked up quite some time ago and I did my very best to line up the fabric pattern placement as well as the pleats. I’m pretty happy with how I did.

(I feel like if you stare too long into the centre pleats you start to go a little cross-eyed anyway.)


Are you all looking at my chest now? Tut Tut.

This is EXACTLY the kind of top I love and have several RTW variations in my wardrobe already. I may have made this a touch too long though, at least compared to my other tops.

I’m totally making more of these. Definitely one in a plain colour (perhaps it’s time to break out my electric blue silk cotton?) – I mean look how great the pleats look on my toile:

2013-08-31 17.15.19Hope you’ve all had a lovely week full of sewing and fun.

My feedly app seems to be stacked full of new posts. So I can’t wait to catch up on everybody’s blog posts tomorrow during my commute! (Makes going to work a little easier.)

(36) Comments

  1. Kristy says:

    love it! Fabric is gorgeous 🙂
    2 weeks time my sewing machine can finally get unpacked and get used for the first time in a year!!

    1. almondrock says:

      Hurrrraaah. Get on it!

  2. It turned out great! You’ve inspired me to crack open this pattern for summer now. I too have a bunch of tops just like this. Only they’re from pre-sewing days so they’re getting a bit old. Which is a great excuse to sew ones just like them.

    Also the shirring on the back makes it looks incredibly fitted and flattering, well done.

    1. almondrock says:

      Shirring makes it so well fitted but is rather boring to sew as its so repetitive.
      Can’t wait to see yours!

  3. You look stunning in this top. I always think the success of a project can be seen trhough the smile of the person wearing it 😀
    such a great pattern hack… enjoy making more of them 😀

    1. almondrock says:

      Thanks Hannah! I will

  4. It looks really great on you, I especially love the pleats. Great Job!

    1. almondrock says:

      Thank you! I can’t wait to make a version where they stand out more

  5. Really lovely top… but, erm, can I point out one thing? It’s nearly winter! How are you going to be able to show it off till next year?! (Unless you are Heat Woman) I can’t wait to see the pleated version either.

    1. almondrock says:

      Bahaha I know! I’m gonna freeze. But I’ll look stylish doing it I guess 😉

  6. Love it – great shape bodice. I tried making a top like that years ago (when I didn’t know what I was doing and just scrunched up fabric). Needless to say it was an epic fail, but you may have inspired me to try again now I know a tad more! x

    1. almondrock says:

      I think this pattern has the right amount of challenge and visual interest while still being quick to make! Definitely have another go

  7. This is lovely! And I’m afraid that sewing blogs seem to be one of the few places on the internet where we inadvertently end up staring at one another’s, ahem, curves… although, we’re only ever looking at the covering! I often chuckle at that – and the covering you have here is perfect with those pleats. Well done!

    1. almondrock says:

      Why thank you *blush*!

  8. This is beautiful, Amy! I really should learn how to do shirring.

    1. almondrock says:

      Do it!! It’s really easy but kinda boring to do then kind of frustrating when your bobbin runs out then looks awesome. It’s really about psyching yourself up to keep going!

  9. What a great top. The pattern matching is just perfect.

    1. almondrock says:

      Awww thank you. It was quite tense seeing if they would line up!

  10. This is really cute! I love it as a top! And an electric blue version sounds really fun!

    1. almondrock says:

      Thank you! As long as I can figure out how to pre wash my silk it’ll happen soon 🙂

  11. Gorgeous! I love the shirring, I really need to try some myself because I love the way it looks. And this top would look totally awesome in electric blue silk cotton.

    1. almondrock says:

      Thanks! I have so many shirred rtw tops that I can’t believe I waited this long to make something with it. Have a go. Its boring to do but has great results

  12. It really suits you. I have never tried shirring but quite a lot of recent posts I have read recently have shirred garments. I may just have to make one myself.

    1. almondrock says:

      Thank you! I definitely recommend it for its wonderful results. Doing the shirring isn’t much fun though. Not hard just a bit boring and slow

  13. What a great top! I love the fabric, and those pleats are pretty snazzy!

    1. almondrock says:

      Thanks so much! I love the word snazzy heehee

  14. I love everything about this hack – the style, the fabric, the pleats! It really suits you and it will great in electric blue if you go for it.

    1. almondrock says:

      Thank you! The bodice actually reminded me of your pattern drafting class dress 🙂

  15. Great fabric. I completely agree you need another version in a plain fabric to let that bodice sing loudly.

    1. almondrock says:

      Glad to hear you agree. Now I just need to find the time!

  16. Love the top, its so pretty and would look great in electric blue 🙂

  17. This is so pretty! What a great pattern hack combination. Also, loving that fabric!

  18. Great job on your hack, that fabric is fantastic too!

  19. Oh I love this!! Such a fabulous pattern bodice for the front (and oh so flattering on you) and I love the surprise of the elasticated gathering at the back. And need I mention the gorgeous fabric? You’ve totally won me over here 🙂

  20. This is a perfect example of a perfect fabric and pattern match – looks fabulous and to be honest I would have looked straight past this pattern – great vision girl!

  21. I think your hack is brilliant! I have this pattern and just haven’t had the time. I think I would have to stick with the wider straps just to cover up bra straps. I can’t get away with braless tops and shirring isn’t enough support for me. You look positively lovely though! The electric blue sounds marvelous!

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