tiddlyompompom made: a top using burda 7051

Last week I finally braved the terrifying world of zips, and now, having discovered that they’re not that scary after all there is no stopping me. I had bought a few patterns the other week when John Lewis had a half price sale on. One of them was the Burda 7051.

On Saturday I cut out the pieces. After making the vintage top, I have decided I need to add at least 5cm to any future patterns. The 7051 has two points at which you can lengthen the pattern – one at the bust and one at the waist. According to my measurements I needed to add length at both points.

Whenever I have lengthened patterns before (basically, once) I just added the length to the bottom of the pattern. I have no idea if my method with the 7051 was correct, but I think it worked…


Any tips would be gratefully received.

Anyhoo, once the M’s were in bed I spent a rock and roll evening sewing. Mr TOPP was out so it was me, my machine and an audio book.


I am so bloody middle aged. At least I had wine.

Two hours later I had a finished top.




The pattern was really straight forward (it is labelled as easy so it should be…) and really would have taken less than two hours if I hadn’t had to have two attempts at the invisible zip. Although I have discovered they’re not scary, I have discovered you need concentrate a bit more when stitching them in.

Best to start on the wine *after* the zip is done. Just FYI.

But the main thing is, it fits.


Go me.

Just so you know I have started a new blog to keep a record of my adventures in sewing and other needle based things. Please come and read it. And if you know about sewing, stick around to give me some tips maybe? Pretty please?

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