Summer Top

First of all, let me thank all of you for the kind words about my dad. The sewing community is so thoughtful and encouraging, and you all cheered me up more than you imagine.BlueGreen-LawnI’m back to sewing and blogging! Summer always poses wardrobe difficulties since fall is my favorite season in both colors and weight of fabrics. I’m determined to have a summer wardrobe one of these years, but while I started planning summer sewing in February, life got in the way. I have a spring coat that I’m still working on, but it’s a long slow project that I’m savoring so it’ll get done sometime soon. Hint: machine embroidery is involved.

In the meantime I made this self-drafted (from RTW) pattern that has promise for the second iteration. Not that this is a wadder, but the cotton lawn I used doesn’t have the right weight or drape. The shirt needs something like a rayon that is less airy. In addition I will make the shirt about 2″ longer next time.

BlueGreen-Lawn_2Isn’t this an interesting idea? The front basically ends up on the bias at the placket. Drafting this pattern was difficult, since the original shirt kept shifting around. This front idea is what I wanted to capture and beyond that, I made quite a few detail changes from the original.BlueGreen-Lawn_1 I may add some false buttons on the placket. I usually sew plackets up even on RTW that I’ve purchased. I’m just more comfortable knowing I don’t have to watch out for gaposis at the bust!The back pleat adds to the airiness of this top, which you barely feel while wearing. I find it slightly disconcerting and as I said before a little more weight to the fabric will feel better. I am wearing this “muslin” but I think there is great potential in the future. The body pattern is only two pieces so there is room for fabric play. Hope I have time this summer to make another!
BlueGreen-Lawn_3The back pleat adds to the airiness of this top, which you barely feel while wearing. I find it slightly disconcerting and as I said before a little more weight to the fabric will feel and look better. I’m wearing this “muslin” but there is great potential future iterations. The body pattern is only two pieces so there is room for fabric play. Hope I have time this summer to make another!

5 thoughts on “Summer Top

  1. Both the fabric and the shape are lovely! I hope you tweak this to where you love it. The fabric is beautiful and I too would love to see it on you. The picture of your Dad so lovely for you to share – the family connection to color and funky is clear.

  2. Love this fabric it’s a shame it doesn’t hang enough for your pattern. Would love to see a photo of you in it though.

  3. I love the airiness of the shirt – just thinking about scorching days and you will be cool. Beautiful fabric and colours and I look forward to seeing it in drapier fabric too.
    I’d love to see a photo of your front pattern piece – if you’re willing to share.

  4. Love the airy idea, material for sure and thanks for sharing! Love to you both and pleasant journey

    On Sat, Jun 4, 2016 at 11:59 AM, West Zen Studio wrote:

    > West Zen Studio posted: “First of all, let me thank all of you for the > kind words about my dad. The sewing community is so thoughtful and > encouraging, and you all cheered me up more than you imagine.I’m back to > sewing and blogging! Summer always poses wardrobe difficulties since ” >

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