A quick SewDIY Lou box top

I’ve had a bolt of this lovely mustard-yellow Art Gallery Jersey for ages. I bought it at Ray-Stitch with the Colette Wren dress in mind, but after three toiles all fitting worse than the last I decided to save it for something else.

Last month, among all the amazing posts I saw on the #sewphotohop Instagram challenge, there was one particular entry featuring the Sew DIY Lou Box Top that looked awesome. This weekend I thought I’d make it up as a little break between two identical projects.

The pattern offers six different options interchanging hems and necklines. I went for the scoop neckline and curved hem in a size XS-S, and added a patch-pocket. The top went together very quickly – even sewing with a hangover, I was done by lunchtime.

It was the first project I have done with my new Janome Atelier 3, so I used the awesome stretch stitch for the binding on the neck line.


It was a real pleasure to sew with such a great quality jersey, all the seams finished beautifully with my Janome 9300DX overlocker. The curved hem is also a nice finish, and looks great with skinny jeans which I wear most of the time. Having a look on Instagram the top also looks great in a woven rather than knit – I am sure I’ll be making one soon.


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