|Posted on September 15, 2013 at 11:30 AM|
This top is made from a rayon blend satin, floral print in off white, aqua and caramel. The pattern (called Gypsophelia Peasant Top) is a semi-fitted pullover with dolman sleeves.
While this top is not my usual style, I thought it would be great to have a fast sew blouse that could be made on a whim. With no buttons or zippers, all you have to do is pull fabric (woven or knit) from the stash and start sewing.
This pattern was a free download from Fabric.com that you print out on regular copy paper. Once you print it out and tape it together, most of the work is done. The sewing part is fast, no sleeves to set in. You do have to make or buy seam binding, and use it
I thought the pattern was clever, making the "sleeves" from side panels to give a slight princess seam to the bodice. The directions seemed clear and easy to follow, except they did not say how to finish the tie ends. I just knotted mine.
I also liked how the bias binding on the neck extended to form the ties. I made my key hole higher than the pattern, but I think I made it too high because it does not look right. Maybe, I will just leave it alone next time.
I was not sure at first if I made the right size, it seemed so big to me. But, with no zipper, ect, it really can not be much smaller and still come on and off. Once I put a belt with it, I liked it much better. Sometimes it takes a few wearings to get use to a new style.
I love the print, it's subtle and airy. Satin was not one of the recommended fabrics for the pattern, but I wanted a blouse not just a top. It feels luxurious and fits my dressy wardrobe, yet it is still casual enough to wear with my jeans.