Two More Tops Before Summer Fades
Summer is winding down and my thoughts are turning toward fall sewing. I am not ready to give up summer all together, after all it is still 90+ degrees here in Missouri, but I am ready for sewing something different. I spotted this fabric right when it was added—Mood Fabrics’ Italian Teal and Black Lacy Brocade—and I had to have it.
It is so gorgeous and my thoughts were a simple Grainline Scout T-shirt, that way the fabric does all the talking. Another plus was the fabric description from Mood’s site, “Has a soft hand and graceful drape, almost like a knit but without the stretch,” That sealed it, Scout t-shirt for sure.
I used a piece of black knit for the neck binding and turned it to the wrong side of the shirt. I liked this method, as it eliminated the any bulk and the fact is just looks nice.
I did take in the sides a bit more on my shirt and I am quite happy with the results. This top will be great with jackets and cardigans into the fall.
I have just enough left (I hope) to pair it with a solid black for the fall trend of Luxe Sweatshirt.
One more top for my summer-to-fall look, Mood Fabrics’ Black Bold Floral Silk Jersey :
This was a change from my original plan. I was thinking a draped front sleeveless top but I started seeing florals for falls and with the black in this fabric, I changed my mind. It is late August, after all. Megan Nielsen’s Briar t-shirt pattern for this fabric seemed like the perfect pattern.
I only purchased a yard of this, so I had to do some creative sewing. Using black knit from stash, I redrafted the back. When I did cut out this back, I set it 1″ off the center fold. With these 2 inches, I created a pleat in the center back. My knit is a bit clingy and this pleat helps the fabric not stick to me!
I love how a plan comes together, this top is so much better than my original thought. This will be a favorite: The silk jersey feels the best, drapes the best and this is just fun (the floral and high-low hem).
Now for a bit of comedy for the end of this post, from my photo shoot (me and the tripod). It looks like a scene from an old western movie where I’m about to say “Draw!”
Who knows what I was doing but it is good for a laugh.