A few weeks ago we had a very hot day, unusual for the humid, semi-tropical climate that is the norm in Newcastle. It was 39 degrees F, with a hot westerly wind blowing. Now, this is the sort of heat I am used to, as I have lived in Alice Springs. You need the right sort of clothes, and I am a bit light on those sort of clothes. So I decided to fill the wardrobe gap.
I found a rayon at Spotlight which was not the best quality but I thought would do for this job. It is years since I have worked with rayon and it is not a fabric I like- it frays, it wrinkles, it's a weak sort of fibre. BUT - it is cool to wear.
I used simplicity 1316:
I thought the neckline was about right, but this was unfinished, so I added a 3/8 inch (1 cm) seam allowance. I also rounded the square neckline as this is much easier to sew than a square one. my result looks like the picture on the envelope so I suspect that the sample maker knows this trick. This slight change in shape also then lends to curved edges on the outer edge of the facing, making them much easier to overlock. I shortened the bodice by half and inch (just over 1 cm).
It was a straightforward sewing process -princess seams, faced neck turn under twice and sew hems. and no sleeves to set in.
So now i have two daisy embellished backs of tops :) . The one before this had daises too.
Here is the picture frieze, front,side and back
The drapey fabric much such a difference to the look of this top, doesn't it. I'm going to stash some more rayon, as this was easier to sew than I remember. I do think it needs a very simple pattern with very few seam lines, as rayon is awful to iron and shows every seam, even when you do all the things you are supposed to do to avoid seam show through.
But I don't mind for my first rayon top - at least I have something to wear on a very hot day.
I do like this little pattern and see lots more tops in the future.
Sarah Liz :)