Tuesday, 14 July 2015

The Lazy-Summer-Days Top

I made this top to wear in the heat of summer where its loose fit and open armholes were perfect on a hot day, but I've discovered that it's quite handy to drop over a roll-neck sweater in the winter.

The only difficulty about making it was dealing with the slippery fabric particularly suited to this drapey style. Click here for some neat tricks from Tilly and the Buttons about working with slippery fabrics.

The one pattern piece needed is a shape for the neck opening. As long as it fits over your head it can be as big or small as you like.

The Lazy-Summer-Days top is made from a single length of fabric folded in half lengthwise to form front and back. My fabric measures 56 inches (142 cm) x 37 inches (95 cm) which allows for narrow machined hems.

Sew the hems on all four sides of the fabric before finishing the neck edge or the side closures. This will prevent excess fraying if the fabric is inclined that way. To achieve a neat edge on the very slippery fabric, I tacked all the way around before machining. Tedious, I know, but it was worth it.

Cut a facing from the pattern you used for the neck and sew in place.

A row of stitching 5 ¾ inches (14.5 cm) in from the finished edge creates the side closures, leaving a gap of 7 inches (18 cm) for armholes.

I'm a pattern size 10 and not very tall so the measurements would need to be adjusted for your size.

I finished the outfit with a simple scarf made from some leftover fabric.

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