Merchant and Mills Fielder Top

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I LOVE this!

But before I start, I fell for this top after seeing the exact same fabric/pattern combo in Kellie’s version, of maycontainnutsbykellie on instagram. So thank you Kellie and sorry for the complete plagiarism.

I’d had the Fielder top and Dress Pattern for a while but was waiting to come across some appropriate linen ( as per the majority of the Fielder Top makes) to make up the longer sleeve version.

This, of course, is not a linen!

It’s made up in a John Kaldor Barbi Stretch Crepe in ‘sky’. It feels like a ponte type fabric.

Knowing that the pattern runs quite generous, I sized down to a UK size 10. It fits perfectly.

Kelli had made her version using the crew neck add on pattern but I stuck with the original neck line.

The length is unchanged but I shortened the arms.

After applying the bottom ribbing, I took it off and took it in by 2 cm to give this look. It just stopped it looking too boxy in this fabric. I also narrowed the hem band so it was the same width as the neck band.

Even though I shortened the sleeves, I used the pattern wrist band ribbing size for the upper arm ribbing but I cut the depth in 2.

It was incredibly quick to sew.

The bust darts fell in exactly the right place.

I love the shoulder darts that give extra shaping, falling down the top of the arms.

I used my cover stitch machine to top stitch around the neckline and hemline.

I can see plenty more of these. Especially longer sleeved ones in the autumn.

I think this one can be worn both casually and in the office.

I love the white ribbing.

I’m off to sift through the stash to find some appropriate fabric for another!

It would be lovely in a solid bubble crepe.

Love, Lucie xx


  1. This is fabulous Lucie. I bought the Fielder pattern getting on for a couple of years ago on a trip to Merchant and Mills but have yet to make it. This has tempted me to dig it out and find some fabric from my stash.

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  2. Very nice and you’ve made me feel better about a Boden top I bought in a charity shop yesterday which has a large pattern on it and I wondered if it was ‘too much’ but you’ve proved big florals can look good.

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