Day 5 #BeeMine- My 30 day blog challenge- Fashion With Fabric

Had a lovely time earlier today at lunch catching up with a fabulously talented Photographer pal of mine Katie Hyams, who has taken the few photos of myself that I like!

She kindly snapped me in the sleeveless shell top from Fashion with Fabric. A project that actually featured in Episode 1 of Series 2 of the Bee, and was a much requested pattern, so here she is.


This top is made in a gorgeous Tana Lawn, and is perfect with jeans or a skirt.

I’d love to see anything you make from any of the Sewing Bee books, please share with the hashtag #BeeMine


Happy stitching:)



  • Pei Hoon

    14.01.2016 at 16:48

    Hi Claire,

    I’m just learning to sew and was hoping to make the sleeveless shell top, as it’s pretty and seems relatively easy. I was disappointed to learn that the pattern didn’t come with the book.

    Luckily, I managed to find the pdf pattern online at the Telegraph website (

    After printing and taping everything together, I realised that the pattern was incomplete on the right most side (pages 8 and 12 of the PDF file). Would you be able to rectify the issue? I’ve also emailed Quadrille about this.

    Lastly, I wasn’t able to find whether ease and seam allowances had been included in the pattern. Could you please advice? Many thanks!

    • The Thrifty Stitcher

      26.01.2016 at 01:30


      The pattern for the shell top does come with the book. The pattern sheets are printed double sided, so maybe you missed it.The pattern pieces come with seam allowances included. The finished garment measures will help you to work out the ease beyond the bust measures- theres aprox 2.5 inches at the bust. the waist is very swingy, so will give more of a boxy fit than a tight fit

      I do hope that helps answer your questions?

      Best wishes:)

  • Katie M

    20.02.2015 at 05:19

    I really liked this blouse when I first saw it on GBSB Season 2. I was disappointed it didn’t make it into the Season 2 book, but I’m glad it’s in your new book.

    I ended up drafting my own version. It took three drafts till I got it perfect. I’ve now made three in Liberty Tana Lawn. It’s the perfect fabric for the hot, sweaty days in Singapore. You can read about it on Random Crafting Adventures.

    • The Thrifty Stitcher

      20.02.2015 at 16:58

      OOH, well done you for drafting your own, i’ll take a peek later on this eve :)