It was quick and simple to make, so I decided to make number 2 this week, which you can see above.
The pattern I used was Vogue 1390, a Sandra Betzina pattern. I've always thought of Sandra Betzina's styles as a little mature, but really they are quite nice. Or am I getting a little mature? Or is it a mixture of old and nice?
That pattern appealed because I had a half metre of 112 craft fabric. What on earth was I thinking, given this would nowhere near make a top, even for a small person.
Well, actually, I was thinking Prada, when she was adding this sort of print to denim jackets, but I never got around to making that, and then I went off the idea. Next, I saw a little shell top in an Armani Spring/Summer 2013 collection (I am not sure which of his two collections it was in) that was made in a fabric with a pattern similar to this -only probably silk, not a very wearable everyday cotton type of fabric. But not even I was going to eek out this small amount of fabric into a shell top, so when I saw this pattern, I knew exactly how to use it.
All fabrics were originally from Spotlight.
This is a quick and simple make - especially as the pattern is loose fitting, so no time consuming fitting.
I cut size B, which is about 12 or 34 inch bust. There is a lot of ease, which I like in summer tops.
Isn't it a super little top - even if I do say so myself :)
The side view shows the straight panels - I did not think these would work, but they do :)
You can certainly see the side panels here, and the overall shape, which is loose. But that is fine for casual summer wear.
And the back view:
I eked out the poplin by adding a seam in the centre back of the yoke instead of cutting it on the fold:
And although Betzina did not specify top-stitching, I like it, and I think for casual clothes it is a good finish - it looks a little sportier. Betzina suggested hand stitching the bias armhole facing in place, but I machine stitched it carefully down- it holds the binding down firmly onto the lining and bodice pieces, instead of being stitched only onto the lining. Nothing will move or go astray now:
For those of you looking forward to seeing the dress I am going to make, that will happen by Christmas, but a few other garments are in the queue first :).
That's it for now, do have a lovely weekend everyone, stay happy and healthy.