I needed a fast and easy project after my Easter outfit, and this one fit the bill. What do you know - it actually was fast and easy! This is my third garment from the November issue, so I'm really getting my money's worth. (And incidentally, I found these brown slacks at Target for $6!!! When you can't even buy the fabric for what the item costs, it's a good time to buy in my book.)
Here's the back. It has a few pleats as well, though not as many as the front.
Okay, so you may never have noticed but I have a large head. I have trouble wearing headbands because they are tight and give me a headache. Most one size fits all hats don't fit. But I have never made something that I couldn't get over my head until this top. It was a simple fix by cutting the opening a little bigger. Here you can see the bias binding around the neck.
This is the front of the top flat without the belt. The waist is cinched in with an elastic casing.
I did french seams along the shoulder seams.
The armholes are finished by a double folding seam. Easy, right? But then I was left with the issue of finishing the side seams. Doing a french seam was not possible here. After thinking about it for awhile, I decided to follow the double folding seam at the armhole and secure it to the top with a whip-stitch. I used a single thread to be as invisible as possible on the outside.
Here's what the outside side seams look like. It's barely noticeable, especially when I'm wearing it.
This is the picture in the magazine. Isn't it hysterical?
I'm not sure what's next. I've got a dress to revamp the sleeves on, and a knit dress I'd like to make for a social event on Friday night. Decisions, decisions.