This week I was not sure what to make, so I decided to stashbust a piece of patterned voile, originally from Spotlight. It has been stashed away for years because I only bought a tiny amount - from memory it was $24.95 and could not work out what to make from it. I had just under 70 cms of 112 wide fabric with a nap.
Enter Butterick 6214:
I recently made this top in a nice drapey fabric (post here), which I think is really needed for this sort of top. As you can see in the picture of the model, even a softer top tends to box out.
I knew a voile top would not drape well, but this did not really bother me - in hot humid weather you just want something nice and light and cool. I could use my pretty piece and then something else for sleeves and contrast bottom.
I rummaged in my pieces and found some lawn that was left over from something, and it went perfectly with the patterned piece. Voila...the top will be made :)
I have modified the pattern a bit (post here), and of course added a contrast panel. I just started this at the point at which my patterned fabric ran out.
I even had enough with the leftover bits to make the facing - although I did have to put a seam in on the CF fold line:
As I make the neckline smaller on my tops - they tend to be far too large - I need to put a back seam in and a button fastening:
I did find the sleeve a little on the short side - next time I will add a bit, or make a short sleeve. It is also quite an open and on the large side for skinny armed me - which is great for hot weather but unfortunately you could see the overlocking - which is fine, but at the bottom of the armscye I tend to have two layers where I run the machine on and off, and it just was not the greatest finish. So I bound the bottom only of the armhole with some lace, also found in the stash:
Which is a pretty finish now when I lift my arm. You can see how tiny the sleeve is.
I also found that the curve on the sleeve hem was quite sharp - so being much narrower than where you fold the hem too. So there are a few puckers. This may not be such a problem on a looser weave fabric. Still, it is barely noticeable.
The contrast was just attached by a flat fell seam, and not folded as the pattern instructed.
Quick views (and the pants have to go - they are my weekend house pants, RTW rayon and I hate them - they are quite a not nice cut. I will have to make some lightweight weekend house pants...so ignore the pants please :) )...
The front is as baggy as that on the pattern envelope:
From the side I have a triangular profile - which doesn't bother me - this is after all a loose skimmer for the heat. And it sort of looks cute...
And the back - as I have a narrow back, it works well as a swing back top:
So now I have a nice little hot weather top for when I want something just like this. All I need now are a flattering pant to go with it. On the list....although that may take until next summer to happen...
Costings - Voile, $17.15, Lawn, $2.00, Thread and Needle allowance, $4.00, Interfacing, 0.50c, Button$1.00. Pattern used before.
Due to the drain adventure, I did not make quite as much as I planned. In all, 6 simple garments, which all things considered, was quite an achievement.
|Top - Butterick 6214.|
|Top - Butterick 6214.|
Dress - Kwik Sew 3956.
Pants, Simplicity 1592.
Top , New Look6273
|Jungle January Cowl.|
I used three new patterns and kept track of my stashing - but unfortunately the stash ratio does not match the planned goal, so I am not going to tell you about the stash this month. Yes, the year has just started and I have already fallen at the temple of the stash. You know how it is - a stressful month. Still, by the end of the year, no doubt the ratio pendulum will swing to the goal point. I'm always optimistic...