Happy First Day of Summer Everyone!!!
The last few days have been beautiful in New York, the temps have been bearable and the humidity low. Now, if only the temps & humidity could remain like that, I'd be in a blissful state of mind throughout the season. Anyone that knows me, know I am not a fan of summer, I can be found tree hugging for shade or scaling along tall buildings to avoid the sun. However, what keeps me from complaining about the excessive heat & humidity that occurs is sewing for summer... call that an oxymoron.
In an attempt to beef up my casual wear and after lusting over Ann Taylor's sleeveless wrap blouse, I made Simplicity 1588. A sleeveless wrap top with knit back that can be worn with a tee or alone.
During the summer season, office attire is casual and this top is perfect for adding a lil ump to my casual wear for work as well as on the weekend.
The instructions call for edge finishing the front edge and applying single fold bias tape for the back neck. I followed the instructions for finishing the front edge, created the shoulder pleats, but opted out of the bias tape and serged the back neckline and fold to inside and final stitch. Further, the instructions direct that you stitch the front to the back at the shoulder seams and make side pleats in the same manner as the shoulder pleats. Didn't think that would work for me and instead formed the side pleats before seaming up the shoulder seams.
Basted the side seams to check fit through the torso (wasn't truly paying attention, my front is overlapped wrong). Ended up removing 1/2" from the front pleated edges, there was too much drape that formed a sagging pouch. Once that was corrected, I moved to the armholes and again the instructions direct to use bias tape. Instead I serged the armhole and fold to the inside and stitched. For the hemline I fused steam-a-seam on the right side and fold in twice and final stitched.
Caution, the neckline opening is deep throat, a lil safety pin will help or a cami, I went with the safety pin, but before wearing it again, I will add a clear plastic sew-on snap.
End result a breezy summer top that works well for the office and for play.