With all the hot weather we have been having, in between the rain showers, I have noticed the lack of summer tops in my wardrobe and thought I should do something to rectify this. I had just one metre of this beautiful floaty fabric. It was the end of the roll and only the first metre of the fabric was printed the rest was plain. I couldn't resist buying it and hoping that it would be enough to make something nice
This design is so interesting. It was a pleasure to sew because I kept seeing new things in the pattern. At first I was drawn to the button boots and roses but as I looked more closely I saw jewellery, lace, butterflies, a fan and so much more.
I needed a pattern for a sleeveless top which would not take too much fabric and I chose Kwik Sew 6391. I had used this pattern before to make a winter tunic dress in a much thicker knit fabric but the pattern is designed for light weight woven fabrics like this one. View B can be made from just one metre of fabric and I had just enough.
This fabric has a lovely drape but does not stretch at all. It was easy to sew because it didn't slide or slip. I am pleased with the finished top which is very cool to wear.
The pleats sit nicely at the neck and it doesn't gape at the back.
I chose the medium size again. This blouse is quite roomy but because the fabric is so soft and drapes well this isn't a problem (I had to take the tunic in quite a lot because it was too big).
Although I am very pleased with both of the garments I made using this pattern there is one thing I don't like about it. The neck and armholes are finished with separate facings, which have a real tendency to poke out. I much prefer an all in one facing or bias binding and I will alter the pattern if I use it again. Here you can see the inside. I top-stitched all of the facings but they just don't want to lie flat. I have also neatened all of the raw edges with a narrow zig-zag to stop them fraying.
All in all this is a nice blouse which is going to get plenty of wear if the weather stays nice.
Bye for now, Rosemary.