These are a couple of tops I made to wear to work. I can wear them anywhere, but work will do.
The first is made from a wool gauze from Emma One Sock (where else) and this gauze is fantastic. It’s not just a winter fabric at all, but light enough to wear year round. The print is lavender, periwinkle blue and orange, orange being one of my favorite colors.
The pattern I used is this one
which I shortened to make a top. I love the lines of this dress and I would wear this with leggings. As soon as I make the leggings ……………..
Here’s the top
I had to line this because the wool gauze is sheer. It was super easy. I just made the shirt back and front out of an orange jersey and sewed them together at the neck. The right side of the lining is toward my skin – which is how I always do it. The sleeves are unlined.
The second top is my all-time favorite. The fabric is a polyester sheer knit. It is hard to explain but there are stripes through it and the abstract print is printed over the sheer fabric. Makes no sense so I’ve taken a close-up.
The pattern for this was seriously mutated by me. I used Marcy Tilton’s
Vogue 8582. I don’t see this on the site any more. I’d look for it, seriously, it is one of the best and most functional shirt patterns I’ve ever used.
To this pattern I added a ruffle at the bottom of 4″ in depth. The ruffle is split at the sides to allow me to sit without pulling it. I just shortened the top enough so that it would be the right length for me with the ruffle. This too had to be lined because the knit is sheer. I just made the front and back but this time I used a neckband to put them together. A great way to calculate a neckband is a ratio of 75%. Whatever the measurement of my neckline is, I use a strip of fabric for the neck binding that is 75% of that. I used normal construction methods on this shirt. By that I mean I did an overcast of the seam allowance before I put the top together and I put clear elastic in the shoulder seam to keep it from stretching out. I used 3/4 sleeves on this top. I love it.
Both of these will be fun to wear – with jeans!