This top took some work.
Well, actually, it was really pretty simple to make. Making it look good on, that’s what took the work.
In fact, it took so much work to make it look decent on (notice the ribbon belt as a last ditch effort to give it some shape), I’m not going to share a tutorial with you. I will tell you what I did, and if you find a way to improve on it, go for it!
I cut two wide sections of fabric and left them folded the way it was on the bolt (this way I didn’t have to finish the neckline). Then I just pleated the entire width of the sections with 1 inch pleats. I sewed up the side seams and sewed the tops together to make 1.5” wide shoulder straps, thus making a boat neck style. I love this part of the top. I finished off the arm holes and then discovered how shapeless, billowy and non-attractive the top ended up (once you got below the neckline). I tried taking it in on the sides and the front and back were still just as ugly. So I did a somewhat bubble style hemline with and added elastic so it would bunch. Folding the elastic under made it wearable around the hips. So I had a great top at the neck and a great top at the hips. Everything else in between was just ugly. So a thick band of grosgrain ribbon around the ribs added just the right definition in shape.
Since I want what I’m making to be wearable into the fall, I tried it out with a jacket, skinny jeans and some paten-gray-peep0toe-sling-back heels (which I LOVE but have yet to wear beyond pictures for this blog). All in all, it’s a shirt I’m sure I’ll wear often, and in reality, it only took an hour to make. Now if one of you finds a way to actually make it attractive on its own, I’d love to see it!
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