Sunday, June 10, 2018

Summer Swing Top

Every summer, I make a bout...a gaumpty billion versions of the same top/dress. I get that summer's pattern down to where I want it, and then I just crank them out, with slight variations on a theme.
A couple of years ago, I made a shirt based on this pattern.
which turned into a series of woven pullover shirts, after I had refined the armscye fit.

You know the drill: there's the first, then changes, then the second, then more changes...
And I'm leaving out a couple.

This spring started the new one off.

with short sleeves and a new neckline.
Pretty much this shirt is the shoulders and sleeves of the previous shirt, with a new body. A trifle more width in the back between the shoulder.
And no buttonholes. 

I will go to great lengths to avoid buttonholes these days.

Originally, the * top had the semi v-neck. Which looked dumb.

So I picked it out and added seam tape for a little neckline definition.

I made the neck line into a circle that was a little tipped forward (the edge starts coming back to the center before the seam line)

and I traced off new pieces to make it's own set, rather than being the subset of the long sleeved version

 Just tracing over the old sleeve.

Taylor Mac watches over the process.

Still working on the selfie set up.

Hey, new pants. Same old pattern. We'll get to that presently. I do get MMMay points for finishing them (started them last summer).

Tasteful Incredibles2 scatter print sleeveless version.

I like to put my tag in the back on the facing. And yes, it's the Alexander Henry bathing beauties print.
And more in the next few weeks.
But right now, I have a present to make for a pal.


  1. I think I remember the earlier year top in the Indian print - so amazed that you took that uninspired pattern and made such lovely shirts. And this year's patten looks promising too - your fabric choices are so spot on..


    1. It was the pattern closest to a lot of things my sister and I enjoy wearing, but it turned out to be a lot more fitted than I had anticipated. And it just motored on from there.
      Just wait until we get to the cartoon prints. You'll be astounded in my poor taste.

  2. hmmm, I have that pattern. How you got to yours is a deep mystery, but very cool, especially the ole prints.


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