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?
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.