Playclothes!

Just as hubby started taking pictures in the backyard the snake appeared scaring us to the front where the light wasn’t as good. Ugh – it’s the one drawback about summer in the South….

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…but there is nothing better than frolicking through the warm summer breezes in lightweight clothes that greet the heat with a smile.

Those cute boutique gauze tops I saw last week might have been tempting had the Marc Jacobs white cotton gauze from Mood Fabrics not been on its way to my door.

Sewing with gauze moved me straight into a peace, love and happiness state of mind – almost.

The open weave of the fabric first reminded me of the sterile material used for dressing wounds, but one quick trip through the washing machine transformed the mummy like material into a softly crinkled cotton sporting a billowy drape.

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My pattern is McCall’s 6928 and this is my official ‘just for fun’ summer top.

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Sewing twists, turns and knots can easily lead me astray but not so this time. The bow and knot are easy to assemble. Several layers come together where the knot, the bow and the front of the blouse are sewn into the neck facing, but sewing with lightweight fabric prevents bulk from accumulating at the focal point of the top.

IMG_0057The pattern runs large and is quite full, leading me to reduce the armscye and remove several inches from the sweep. However, it was  easy to get it just the way I wanted it.

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The bow is tacked to the front of the blouse which is another reason a lightweight fabric should be used for this pattern. All seams were stitched and finished with the serger. The bias strip facings were turned and slipstitched, and the top was hemmed with a narrow machine hem.

M6928There is serious sewing and there is fun sewing, and I can’t bear the thought of so much fun coming to an end ……..

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… so now perhaps,  ‘just for fun’ I will return to the backyard and charm the snake off of the patio and into the woods 🙂

Have a good one!

 

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Comments


  • Janette
    June 28, 2014

    I love that top! It’s gorgeous.

  • Sarah Gunn
    June 28, 2014

    Thank you, Janette!

  • piakdy
    June 28, 2014

    That’s a cute top! Not that I would know it from the tech drawings. You really sold me this pattern! Good choice of fabric for it.

  • Sarah Gunn
    June 28, 2014

    Thank you, Piakdy! I overlooked this pattern as well until I saw a write up about it in Threads magazine. Now that I’ve made it I believe it would work well with several fabrics.

  • Sallie
    June 28, 2014

    Great top Sarah! I love how this looks in the gauze! You’re right, the right fabric weight MAKES this top! And great choice making it in white – it really let’s the design of the top take center stage!

    • Goodbye Valentino
      June 29, 2014

      Thank you, Sallie! I do like it very much in white, and I can see it in a cute tissue weight stripe too.

  • Stephanie
    June 28, 2014

    Love that top. I will have to watch for the pattern to go on sale. There has been pink gauze in my stash waiting for some love for years now.

    • Goodbye Valentino
      June 29, 2014

      Thank you, Stephanie! I’m marveling over the transformation of the gauze after being washed.

  • Ginger
    June 28, 2014

    Wow, this is so pretty! But eek! Get that snake out of there! Yuck!

    • Goodbye Valentino
      June 29, 2014

      Thanks, Ginger! We just switched out the garden hose which camouflaged the snake. Maybe now he’ll move on. 🙂

  • Carolyn
    June 28, 2014

    Awesome new top! Love your fun sewing!

  • Fiona
    June 28, 2014

    I LOVE that top! The bow drapes so beautifully in the gauze and it looks so breezy!

    • Goodbye Valentino
      June 29, 2014

      Thank you, Fiona! This top would be adorable on you 🙂

  • Amanda S.
    June 28, 2014

    I once had a snake drop out of the underslot of the chair beside where I was sitting in church – a baby rattler! Can you say freak out?!!! Anyway, this top is SO ADORABLE! I totally missed this pattern and the pattern example is kind of blah but I love your make of it.

    • Goodbye Valentino
      June 29, 2014

      I hope it’s OK to scream in the middle of your church services! Seriously, a rattle snake???????
      Many thanks for the comment 🙂

  • Lori
    June 30, 2014

    Oh, your top is so cute and perfect for summer, Sarah. A snake isn’t so fun, yuk! I will be checking out that fabric and pattern.

    • Sarah Gunn
      June 30, 2014

      Thank you, Lori! It’s fun to come across a different and unexpected pattern especially when you have just the perfect fabric 🙂

  • Peter
    June 30, 2014

    I love gauze and I think you chose the perfect pattern for it. You look so summery and cool — great job!

    • Sarah Gunn
      June 30, 2014

      Thanks, Peter! I had never sewn with gauze before – definitely a cool fabric to work with 😉

  • elise
    June 30, 2014

    Could you possibly be any cuter ?
    Love this, as well as all your choices !

    • Sarah Gunn
      July 1, 2014

      Thank you, Elise! It was fun, easy to assemble, lightweight and wearable – all good this time around 🙂

  • Mary Danielson
    June 30, 2014

    What a lovely blouse! The combination of the box and that flowy gauze is too, too perfect for summer. Lovely work!

  • Sarah Gunn
    July 1, 2014

    Thank you, Mary! I knew what you were saying. Auto correct is constantly getting me in trouble 😉

  • oonaballoona
    July 1, 2014

    but why should your fun sewing come to an end??? there is ALWAYS room for mummy bows and fun sewing! especially when you pair it with those orange pants 🙂

    • Sarah Gunn
      July 1, 2014

      Well, I have to be serious for a few weeks, but will depend on the mummy bow and orange pants to carry me through 😉

  • Sew Busy Lizzy
    July 2, 2014

    I always struggle with bows & ‘girly’ things but I like the simplicity of the white fabric paired with the bow really works beautifully… even this non-bow wearing gal is tempted!

    • Sarah Gunn
      July 3, 2014

      You could pull off this look with panache, Lizzy! Many thanks for the comment 🙂

  • Amy
    July 4, 2014

    So summery! I am imagining you wearing it at a backyard, pool-side barbecue (sans snake, of course!) on this Fourth of July getting loads of compliments from the other guests on your beautiful top!

    • Sarah Gunn
      July 5, 2014

      Thank you, Amy! Would you believe the weather turned cool on us here in SC? There’s a first time for everything but sadly I had to wear something besides my new top.

  • CatDoesIt
    July 10, 2014

    So chic and playful at the same time!