Summer is in full effect and we have had some really hot days.
I sewed up a couple quick summer tops. I wanted something basic but cute, to wear with shorts, skirts, or jeans. So I decided on two summer tops. The first one is in a gray jersey knit. This fabric is so soft and comfortable. I ordered one yard and that was enough and I have a little bit leftover fabric.
This is seriously the most comfortable thing in my wardrobe right now.
I self-drafted this top. The drafting took about 30 minutes. The sleeves are dolman, which means there is no setting in the sleeve, which also makes the sewing very quick.
Also, I love the clean cover stitch on here. I used my Brother Coverstitch machine, which I absolutely love and have been using for over two years
I drafted cuffs for the sleeves and a band for the waist.
Here is the back view. I made the neckline on the front and back exactly the same, and gave it a boat neck shape, which is one of my favorite.
Now moving on to the next top, I also made a white top in a white french terry. This was my 1st time working with a french terry. It is also very soft and is a stable knit. It is thicker, more like a double knit.
Since this fabric had more structure, I decided to play with the sleeves a bit, and create some pleats/gathers. I call them pleats/ gathers because although they are technically pleats facing up, they look more like gathers because the fabric is a knit. This same pattern manipulation on a woven would look very structured, like pleats.
I chose the McCalls M6886 pattern and changed up the sleeves and the hem, and also turned the dress into a top. I do this often.
I did a curved hem.
On the sleeves and neck, I once again used my Brother Coverstitch machine, which I highly recommend.
So lots of sewing and fitting for me in the near future, but a custom dressform has been a life long dream :) I'll share my progress with you once that is done.
See you in July!
Vatsla from Fashion Behind The Seams