Thursday, June 12, 2008

Light and Airy

Whew! The 100 degree weather has finally passed us by, and I've never been so happy to hear "high eighties" in my life! I took a few days off from sewing, mainly because I couldn't face the thought of standing over the ironing board. Today I tackled another piece of fabric from my stash--a wonderfully lightweight brown and white print. And guess what! I made a shirt for a change!

I used the ever-popular Simplicity 3835, the Built by Wendy top. I had wanted to use it last week when I was refashioning that skirt, so it had been on my mind, and this seemed like a perfect opportunity to use it. Last summer, I made a muslin of this top, and I had some notes written on the pattern about the sleeves. I was not thrilled with the fit of the sleeves and thought they were too tight, so I took steps to fix that this time around. Originally, my plan was to go up a size, but I was worried that would make the body too billowy, so I just cut the sleeves a little wider and made the seams a little narrower. It worked great!

This top is really fun to sew, just because it goes together so quickly. If you have enough fabric, I would recommend cutting the back (as well as the front) on a fold, just to eliminate another seam. My notes from when I sewed it the first time said, "the worst part is the narrow hems," but I've learned I don't have to be all that precise with them, especially when using a printed fabric. I mean, really, who is going to notice if you every hem isn't exactly even? Especially with all that gathering.

This fabric's right side was barely discernible from the wrong side, so I marked each wrong side with a piece of tape. My mom is always telling me to put a pin in my fabric to mark the right side, but I always end up poking myself, so I like the tape better. Just be careful, if you use tape, not to IRON over it!

So now I'm thinking I really want something new to wear with this shirt. I have either a piece of brown linen or a piece of white that has sort of a pique thing going on.

Although I think a pair of shorts would be perfect for this, I'd like to be able to wear it to work, so I need to stick with either pants or a skirt. I've gone through my patterns, and nothing is jumping out at me. So, what do you think? Brown or white? Pants or skirt? And any pattern suggestions?


Christy Michelle said...

Since the top is billowy, I would wear it with a skirt. You might look like a sac instead. How about some capris or long walking shorts?
I think white would really set the top off. Just my two sense.

Cute shirt BTW!

Christy from Texas said...

Try the Janina 8087 from Burdastyle in either length.

Christy Michelle said...

I meant to say not with a skirt. It is getting late in the day.

I am sorry it took me three comments to get out what I wanted to say. But hey-third time's a charm right?

Copper said...

Well since I fell in love with the top I really want to say "send it to me" but that's not fair or right. It really is beautiful. I'd agree with the pants, but I have a moral objection to white pants in general so I'd go with brown, wide leg and long.

That's also probably because I seem to collect brown linen skirts at the thrift store so I would have a backup there....

But yeah, pants. I can also see the top with a long skirt, maybe in a dark red or green too and a belt to set it all off. But that's mixing it up a bit much for many people.

In any sense, beautiful top. Enjoy!!

Camille said...

White capris!!!

Darling Petunia said...

Christy...don't worry about the three comments. I love getting comments, so I was all excited when I saw how many there were! :)

I think you're right about the white--it does set it off. I don't know if I have enough fabric to make white capris, though, now that I think of it.

Darling Petunia said...

Copper, I wish I had enough fabric to make another shirt to send to you! Thanks so much!

Leigh said...

Breezing through my fav sewing links and saw your top. I think some white city shorts (Simplicity 4110 maybe) and white cork platform sandals and a white bakelight bracelet would be awesome. It would be a great transitional outfit for cookout/cocktails on a hot summer night.

Darling Petunia said...

Oh, Leigh, I wish I were the white, cork, platform sandal type!