I do love those cotton sateens, however I am going nuts for knits this summer. Can I tell you how crazy I am for this pattern which is Simplicity 1916. Perfect for vacation wear and maybe this is the right top for my Vogue 1247 skirt. I have another one planned with short sleeves.
Fabric is from Joann fabrics, I had enough to make a Jalie scarf-collar top this winter for a friend and then thought it would work for this pattern. I first saw this top on Myra's blog, it looked really great on her so I was intrigued. She made it a couple of times and in her second post included some very helpful tips on adjustments of the front.
Side and back view.
Shockingly good pattern matching if I do say so myself, which I kinda tried to do but figured it was not really important. How come I can't get these results on expensive wool plaid with equally minimal efforts? Perhaps there is an equation out there which expresses the variables:
Cost of fabric x importance of project = stress factor of person holding the scissors. . . math problem for another day. In any case, this top is no stress at all, although I did make a few changes.
I did make a third version for my friend Alice, in a brown rayon jersey knit she purchased from the bargain bin at Happy Stop Fabrics in Oakland. After a few months she came over with a bundle of these knits saying she decided they were not going to be sewn into anything soon. So I was rather pleased with myself to make her a top for her birthday with fabric she provided! Note that she is tall and I added about 3 inches to the length.
I could not resist this taking this shot of plumeria on a walk this morning, what a color combo. Happy sewing, Beth.