What could be better than stumbling upon a pattern for fifty cents (.50) that may be used for a variety of outfits? The Simplicity 8523 pattern comes with four neckline variations. The V neckline, View F tickled my fancy. Among the many things I love about this pattern is the fact that no zipper, snaps, or buttons are required. Side slits are built in for ease of wear and a cute detail I’d say.
Rarely do I cut and sew the same day. But this top was so easy I completed it the second day. Normally I don’t go for my upper arms being exposed but between the cuteness of the pattern and the humidity I went for it!
Aging myself here, but have you heard of Punky Brewster (Soleil Moon Frye)? I think the show was popular in the 80s. Anyway, she was known for wearing a variety of colors, within the same outfit, LOL. I too love bright colours and recently I purchased a skirt with beau coup colors and needed a top to go with it. To the stash I went. The off-white fabric that I chose was a skosh too short to complete the top.
Back in the stash I remembered a turquoise knit fabric that would go swell with this skirt (see the turquoise at the bottom?). So I franken________ (whatever that word is) the two fabrics to wear with my new vintage silk sari magic wrap reversible skirt from India.
These skirts are too cool. As a matter of fact even though I purchased the pattern, if I see delish silks I am going to get them. Check them out for yourself, here’s a link – Wevez Two Layer Magic Wrap Around Skirt / Dress – Silk Sari Wrap.
I’ve got to write a post about body image some day. Get this, in RTW I am a size 18. For most of the big four patterns I wear from a 22 on off the envelope package, right. Well, lately I’ve been cutting patterns out at the largest size. Then when it comes time to put together the side and waist seams I wind up cutting inches away to make the fit better. I should have photographed me trying the top on inside-out to check the fit. Didn’t think of it at the time, duh. I’m sure I’ll do it again.
In keeping with my new love of bias tape I replaced the armhole facings with white bias tape. Had I been a real good gal I would have used white for the front and turquoise for the back area. But, ahem, I ain’t that good.
I took this close up hoping someone could help me figure out what type of fabric this is. It has the hand of linen. That’s why I did not overly press the opening image to show the “texture” of the fabric. Truly, it is going to take a heapa bunch of starch to get this fabric totally flat.
This pattern was quick and fun to make. It does not take a lot of fabric and requires no extra notions should you choose to not use them. Yet, it can be embellished to your hearts content. Perhaps one day I’ll get a photo of me in the outfit. Or, perhaps a mannequin before that. 🙂