Having just started a blog it was great timing when I saw the simplicity challenge and an even bigger bonus was the free pattern they provided. Having a love of vintage & a shortage of tops in my wardrobe I choose the vintage make category; the lovely Simplicity 1364 pattern arrive promptly at my door.
This is a lovely easy make with flattering French darts so decided I wanted to keep the front as it is but add swing & length to the back so out came the tracing paper & pencil.
Slicing the pattern from just below the armhole level, spreading out the bottom edge to give extra volume to baseline & then drawing the hemline shape required.
As my fabric was reasonably sheer I decided to line the body of the garment, therefore I eliminated the need for the facings by attaching the lining to the main fabric around the neck edge & back opening. Clipping seams where needed & top stitching close to seamline to prevent lining showing at edge.
I like the use of buttons with loops as a closure. A loop turner means it’s easy to make neat thin tubes from a bias strip of fabric, I can’t believe how much I used to struggle before finding this fantastic little tool!
With the fabric being fine I opted to use a fine machine overcast stitch to finish the hemline then added a button hole in each side seam so the belt could be worn in various ways; by threading belt though buttonholes the top can be worn belted at front but with back outer fabric still free.