One of my summer sewing goals was to make some tops. I do wear the dresses I make, but tops/shirts are what I need the most in my everyday wardrobe. It seemed like a reasonable goal, but I have hit a rough patch in my sewing where things are not turning out the way I envisioned them. So, the only wearable top that I made was this one.
Simplicity 1716. I made a size 14, adding one inch at the side seams for some extra room and omitting the sleeves. The fabric is a drapey knit with a crepe-like texture that I purchased for $3/yd. from FabricMart during one of their sales. I was considering using the rest of the fabric for a dress, but now I'm not sure because it doesn't have good recovery. Also, when this fabric gets washed, it feels AWFUL, like I've soaked it in salt, but then when it comes out of the dryer it feels fine again. Not sure what's up with that.
Anyway, I really liked this pattern, especially the pleats at the shoulders and the way they drape. I tried to show it here but solid fabrics are hard (for me) to photograph.
short red pencil skirt, a black cowl sleeveless top, and black sandals. That outfit goes with my zebra purse, too;)