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Selfish Sewing Week Featured Blogger: Sew DIY

By Beth – Sew DIY

Beth is a designer and maker living in sunny Los Angeles. She's been sewing and knitting for over 20 years but still loves an easy, satisfying project. Check out her latest DIY adventures at

Selfish Sewing Week Featured Blogger: Sew DIY |

Sew DIY's Josephine Top |

I am delighted to be part of Selfish Sewing Week and wrapping up the week of Featured Bloggers on the Indiesew blog. I tend to be a very selfish sewist all year round so this is the perfect time to celebrate what I love doing most–sewing, of course!  

Beth from Sew DIY created a lovely Josephine Top by Made by Rae |

I work as a freelance graphic designer and on days when I need to go to the office I want to be able to get dressed as quickly as possible. For me that's jeans and a nice, but not fancy, top. I also like something that will be comfortable all day and not too revealing. The Josephine Top pattern by Made by Rae fit the bill. I love the front pleat details and the slightly gathered sleeve cap. 

The Josephine Top by Made by Rae |

The pattern comes with three views and I had the hardest time deciding which details I wanted to use. I decided to do the sleeves from View B and the center front slit from View C. I also made the front pintucks stop halfway down the bodice for a very slightly flared look and added a curved back hem. Making the decisions definitely took much longer than actually sewing the blouse.

Close up of the back of the Josephine Top |

The instructions for this pattern were very detailed and easy to follow. There were lots of hints and tips throughout that would be very helpful for beginners. I especially liked the recap of instructions at the end so if you don't need the full instructions you can just look at one page and quickly move through. 

Made by Rae's Josephine Top on a hanger |

I was lucky enough to be receive fabric from Art Gallery Fabrics for this project. They have so many choices it was really overwhelming to choose just one. After much debate, I decided on the City Lights Night design in a lightweight voile. I wanted something unique but still very subtle. The fabric was really easy to work with. It made making the front pintucks a total breeze. I think it will be the perfect thickness for the office. If it's cold, I can throw on a sweater or jacket but the voile will be light and breathable when I go outside in the heat of the day.

Sew DIY's Selfish Sewing Week Project |

A want to give a big thank you to Indiesew for asking me to be a part of Selfish Sewing Week and to Art Gallery Fabrics for providing the fabric. I've loved seeing what everyone is making. It's so inspiring and I'm itching to get back to my machine and indulge in a little selfish sewing.

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