I’m always looking for new woven top patterns, and when I saw the Anna Maria Horner Roundabout dress and top on the South West Stitchers swap table I pounced! (Politely – there was no grabbing, I promise).
The cover doesn’t look promising – I can’t tell you how much this dress wouldn’t suit me – but I liked the line drawing of the top, and it looked perfect for this piece of vintage fabric I picked up a while ago at Fountain Antiques in Honiton.
A few changes – I shortened the sleeves as those flowers could be overwhelming, and narrowed the hip band to a more flattering width.
I love the neckline. It’s very stable, which works well with the flowing lines of the rest of the top.
I don’t know who donated this pattern, but if you are reading, thank you!
Swaps are brilliant. I took along several patterns, books and fabric which I wasn’t going to use, and brought home some that I will. I organised this swap, and (after looking up how to do it online) I used colourful cardboard (greeting cards and packaging) to cut out some slim rectangles for tokens. Everyone was given a token for each item they brought, and later in the meeting tokens were swapped for things to take home. The tokens weren’t really necessary, but made it more fun.