Simplicity 2582 - The "Summer Breeze" Top1:47 PM
Last week The week before last on Sew Weekly was all about mixing prints. After scanning the local shops, I just couldn't find two prints that seemed right for each other. I did, however, find a floral cotton lawn that I thought would make the perfect vacation top. So, I whipped that up instead.
|Top: Simplicity 2582 (obviously)|
Shorts: (excuse the legs) American Eagle
Sandals: Issac Mizrahi for Target
Handbag: "vintage" Dooney and Bourke AWL
Sunglasses: Nine West
I knew I wanted the top to be minimal and airy. After scanning through the few blouse patterns I have, I saw that none of them would work. They all had too much structure. So, I browsed through the dress patterns instead.
I chose Simplicity 2582 for its vee neckline, lack of sleeves, and the gathered empire waist. This is a perfect summer pattern! If you choose to make a top from it (not included but, very easily drafted), it requires only a yard of fabric! Only the bodice is lined and if your fabric is thick enough, you could sub facings to reduce layers. As my fabric is so sheer, I chose to line the bodice in a white cotton lawn.
Since this item was so small, I decided to really take my time with it and make it look as professional as possible. Let me tell you, that paid off! I'm thrilled with this top! In fact, I think this might be my proudest creation yet! "But Jennifer, it's just a simple little top..." I know :-) Let me
|The sun was killing me but, we did manage to get a picture that wasn't so washed out.|
I changed the construction order so that everything would be enclosed and I could add an invisible zipper. I understitched the entire neckline to minimize the lining peaking out. I serged all of the seams and the hem. Most importantly, I slowed down and made sure to sew a c c u r a t e l y. This should be a given but, sometimes I'm in such a rush that seams are off by 1/16"-1/8". Not this time! Every. seam. matches!!!! Hooray! heehee
I was so pleased with this one that I finally took the time to create and print care and "brand" labels. So, this has the honor of being my first "official" looking garment. :-D
For its inaugural wear, I put the lawn to the test. We browsed an Art Walk in roughly 90F heat. (Then, stopped at the below drug store to take a few dozen photos.) The dark color made it a touch warm but, I was certainly cooler than I would have been wearing a thicker fabric. The breeze blowing through the fabric was such a relief!
So, yeah, you could say I like it. It's not my nicest fitting garment, in all it's billowy glory but, I like the variety and its comfort (and ability to hide the damage of a heavy meal!) will keep it in constant rotation this summer.
Do you have a favorite summer pattern or fabric? Are you a lawn junkie, as I fear I am about to be?
Happy sewing! x