10 Super Quick Tops – Just in Time for Me Made May!

Are you ready for MMM’13? I kind of am. But then again….if you’re anything like me then you’re possibly starting to think that maybe (just maybe) you could do with a couple more “you made” items to get you through a whole month of wearing (possibly exclusively) handmade items. You’ll probably want them to be super quick to knock up too? Because maybe then you could knock up 2 or 3 new little tops? Well, just in case you’re running short of ideas and time, here’s a selection of tops that you could whip up in under 3 hours….

Top Row: How about Colette’s Sencha or (free!) Sorbetto patterns? Available in PDF or, in the case of Sencha, paper pattern too. Simple designs with only a few steps! Yay for that! Or how about grabbing a black fabric pen and getting all “arty farty” on a plain tee?

Middle Row: Grainline’s Tiny Pocket Tank & Scout Woven Tee patterns make fabulous simple wardrobe staples. Yes PDF’s can be a pain, but you can download them immediately (no waiting for the postie) and once you’ve got the pdf assembled and cut, the actual making part is super quick and straightforward. Or how about taking inspiration from Zoe herself and refashion a plain sweatshirt into something a bit more “ta-dah”!

Bottom Row: Dixie’s summer concert tee anyone? Available to download now in PDF. You could whizz through a couple of these in an afternoon with an overlocker! Sadly I don’t have one yet 🙁  Or how about following Cotton & Curls’ tutorials for transforming a men’s tee or shirt?

Number 10: Did you notice I said “10” Super quick tops and there are only 9 pictures? Well, that’s because my innate need to have everything neat and symmetrical, means I could only get my photo collage to sit nicely with 9 images, lol! I am a total saddo sometimes I know. Anyway, my number 10 of super quick tops to sew, is my kimono tee. I cannot overstate how quick and easy this top is to make. (btw, if you’ve made one, let me know! I’d love to do a little Kimono Tee Gallery on here with links to your posts!) I’ll be whipping up a handful of these in time for MMM’13. Click here to see my various incarnations of this top so far….

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12 Comments

  1. hellozoeb April 25, 2013

    Love these ideas, I made up a couple of Sorbetto’s last night, so quick and easy. Perfect for MMM13 🙂

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  2. yesilikethat April 25, 2013

    Great round-up, thanks! I am panicking slightly about Me-Made-May, definitely need more tops (and bottoms, to be honest). I love the Dixie DIY concert tee, don’t know how I’ve never seen that pattern before!

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  3. Kessem April 25, 2013

    Thanks for the idea! I’m still trying to figure out if I have enough garment to do MeMadeMay but oh well!
    Also, I’d love to add my DIY circle shirt to the list! It’s really easy and could work well in the MeMadeMay theme.
    http://dinosaurgirlfashion.blogspot.co.il/2012/04/diy-circle-shirt.html

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  4. Claire April 25, 2013

    I’m starting to feel the panic too! I have planned a top as one of next month’s makes but I’m more concerned that I don’t have enough pieces to match my me made items with!

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  5. charlotte April 25, 2013

    a nice selection.

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  6. kristicraft April 25, 2013

    I know we don’t really *know* each other, but I sort of love you for this! Like Kessem, I’ve been debating whether I have enough me-mades to make it through Me-Made-May. This really helps, and it’s tipped me over the edge to participating. Thank you so much! =D

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    • Miss P April 25, 2013

      Aw, yaaaay! So glad I “tipped you over the edge”, lol 😉
      Good luck, and let me know how you get on!
      Px

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  7. flossiejamieson April 25, 2013

    I am refashioning like a good’un after your sweatshirt remake the other day got me thinking about other stuff for MMM, but I definitely want to make your kimono t shirt too. Can you give me a rough idea for how much fabric I would need for this, as I am off to the charity shops in the morning and don’t have the energy to draft the pattern right now … I am a size 14/16, and I like my tops long to cover my post baby belly and bum. Your weight loss is another thing I need to copy!

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    • Miss P April 25, 2013

      Depending on the width of the fabric, 1-1.5m. If it’s very narrow you’ll need 2m or thereabouts 🙂
      Aw man, the baby weight thing! I think our bodies really take alot longer to go back to normal after babies than we think. Elliott is 4 now. It was only when he was about 2 that my body seemed to naturally start contracting back in. (It’s like they stay on high alert after one, thinking “oh, she’ll have another one in a bit. No use in going back to normal yet!”. Then after a couple of years your body gets the hint and starts going back to it’s “dormant” state,lol!) Then I changed my eating habits a bit, not obsessively dieting or anything, and the weight has come off slowly over the last couple of years.
      I still like my long tops though! Not sure that’ll ever change!
      Px

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  8. Claire Cooper April 25, 2013

    Ahh yest need to get my sew on ready for Me Made May! I think I have at least 3 tops to finish!

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  9. flossiejamieson April 25, 2013

    Thank you! My son is also four, but my daughter is seven months old. Put on two stone with him and three stone with her! Only 22lb to go … Feel like I will never fit into my old clothes, hence the need to make new ones. I will defo post you a pic when I have made the finished article.

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  10. Zoe April 26, 2013

    ACE post Portia! And thanks for the MMM’13 mentions! This is such an inspiring little blog post, it’s so nice to be reminded that a sewing project doesn’t have to be some huge epic under-taking, that there are some lovely quick-fix patterns and tutorials out there for our enjoyment xxx

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