So many of us are having a heat wave this summer. I went on vacation a couple of weeks ago to New England, where it was just as bad. Thank goodness for some reason I’d had the foresight to sew up an outfit for the weather!
The top is Simplicity 8342, a tie-front top for knits. It’s my new favorite pattern! Fantastic for heat, the easy care of knit fabric, I love it. I used a super cute red, pink and white striped cotton jersey.
Like most Big 4 patterns the sizing is crazy, and I had to size down and then take the pieces in even further at the sides. That was the only major adjustment I made though, the rest was just shortening the torso a bit and strategic placement of the straps in the back to hide my bra. That’s one of the beauties of sewing, fine tuning to work specifically for your needs.
I thought a good bit about the placement of the stripes and matching it all up, and am overall happy with how that worked out.
The instructions were easy to follow and I’m super pleased with the result. So pleased this is just one of three I’ve already made in a short period of time!
The shorts… ugh, I’m really sorry, photographing black shorts is like photographing a black hole. You’re just going to have to kind of trust me on them. I used Simplicity 3688, which is a 1940s reproduction trouser pattern meant for wovens, and went a little rogue and used a knit fabric. I wanted a pair of super casual knit shorts for hanging around and waterside activities on vacation, so I made mine in black French terry that’s a bamboo/cotton/spandex blend and is so soft. Soooo soft. And I went with a wide elastic waistband.
Comfy, pull-on shorts, but with a vintage style. They were totally perfect on vacation! And I expect they’ll get a ton of wear over the rest of the summer, too.
Honestly, comfy really was the name of the game with this outfit. And it worked out just like I’d envisioned in my head, and managed to look pretty darn cute to boot. I’m calling it a summer win!