This week we are getting the usual February humidity. I decided that I wanted a cool top to wear. I also needed a very lightweight pair of cotton pants - of course, these can be worn with some of my lightweight blouses, but were really planned to go with this top.
The top was New Look 6344:
This looked a simple little top to make and was perfect for Japanese lawn that Spotlight had in stock and which I have had my eye on, looking for an excuse to buy it, for ages. The pattern was already in my stash, but is one of my more recent purchase - usually they mature until they are well past there use by date but not vintage enough to do something interesting with.
And the fabric for the pants was a hail spot voile, originally purchased from The Remnant Warehouse. It was already washed and ready to go.The pants were just cobbled together from my recent more successful makes - pockets from one pattern, torso from another, legs from another, sort of thing. Done early in the morning and not really noted which patterns I used...And the length was governed by the amount of fabric I had - 1 metres x 150 cm. So they were hemmed at about 7/8 length, which works nicely in summer.
The size I used was size 10, which finishes at 42 inches around the bust, so plenty of ease ( I am 34 inches). Lots of ease is nice in the hot weather - plus you can move. Even with all this ease, the top does not look sloppy.
The pattern suggested finishing the neckline with bias binding, but I decided to do a facing instead, because I like the stability of a facing. I topstitched the facing. My neckline is a little smaller than the pattern - I added a seam allowance to the facing of 3/8 inch, but did not take away the allowance used for the binding. Worked out to be the perfect size for me - usually the necklines are too loose.
I also did not sew the pleats down as suggested by the pattern - I didn't think it necessary for this top.
It's hard to show any detail with the black, but I will try to show the pleats:
And that's it - a simple little top and trousers - pretty, wearable and fun:
The last picture was one of those I am not quite ready when the self timer goes off pictures, but I thought it was quite nice - and it does show the pleats of the top nicely :). Mind you, most of my self timed pictures are not quite ready ones,or the light is wrong, or something...
Well, time for
Top. Pattern $9.90. Fabric $14.27, Interfacing $0.50., Thread/Needle allowance, $4.00, Button $1.00 (from stash). Total, $29.67. To compare, little cotton tops in my local boutique with less detail than this retail over $100.00.
Trousers. Fabric $8.95 plus $5.00 freight allowance, Lawn, $1.00, Elastic, $1.75, Thread/Needle allowance, $4.00, Bow from an old pair of underpants. Total $20.97.