French travel wardrobe, part 1: black Matcha top

The first piece of my French capsule/travel wardrobe is complete! I made a wearable toile of the Matcha top by Sew Liberated from what I think might actually be cotton toile. It’s been in my stash for ages, so I can’t be sure.


I followed the fitting advice in the instructions and went with my shoulder measurement (size 12) but the armscye was a little small and I had to whip out my trusty curved ruler to adjust it.

I plan to make the next version in a size 16, based on how much I trimmed from the underarms and because I’ll use the sleeved variation, so I want the shoulders to sit wider anyway so I don’t hulk out of it.

Speaking of which, I also had to do a sloped shoulder adjustment because my posture is kind of terrible 😐 but it was really easy to do, hiding the extra fabric under the shoulder detail.

I’m not loving the gathering from the basting-stitches method, so I’ll probably pull out my ruffle foot next time, but overall I’m pretty stoked. It’s comfortable and lightweight and fits as expected.

Now that I know the adjustments I need to make, I’m looking forward to the next one. Ive got this white gauzy cotton that I thought might be cotton voile, but it has more drape than this black fabric (more stash busting, so I’m not sure what it actually is). The white fabric is also quite sheer, so I’ll add a second layer to the bodice, probably as a lining. Tune in next time to see how it goes!