Usually I'm the kind of girl that likes for my clothing to be fitted. Not necessarily tight, just appropriate for my size. I've always thought that dresses that nip in the waist and slim-fitting tops show off my figure better. I've noticed the growing trend in very loose, flowly clothes, especially for summer. I never thought I'd buy in but I finally did! I saw this crazy fabric on sale at JoAnn and immediately thought of a loose casual top. I love the summery colors and it's super soft. It's something that I would've liked to have worn while walking around steamy Cruz Bay, the main town on St. John.
Pattern: McCall's 6359, view A (99 cent pattern sale!)
Notions: None! Yay!
Time to complete: About 2 hours
First worn: July 2011
Wear again: Yup!
Total cost: About $7
I cut a 12, one size down from my measurements and the size I usually cut, but I definitely could've gone down to a 10. I had to take in the sides right under the arms by about an inch and a half on both sides. View A has facings, which I thought was a bit weird for a stretch jersey top at first, but I decided that I'd turn the interfacings into a bandeau bra with elastic to help keep up the strapless bra I knew I'd need to wear! I just held the facing pieces up to a store-bought tank top with the look I wanted and elongated them accordingly, by roughly 2". I used some 6/8" elastic that I had and cut it to my underbust (correct term?) measurement minus about an inch and stitched it to the facing using a zigzag stitch. I tapered the facing in on the sides by about an inch and added darts to the front, but still I had to stretch the elastic a lot to fit!
Here's a shot of the front of the bandeau bra from the inside. Sorry it's not super easy to see!
I also had to shorten the straps considerably. Stitching the straps to the front is the last thing you do, so it's easy to get them exactly right. Still, I think this top might work better in a woven material because as I've worn the top the straps have already stretched out.
I love the racerback with the soft gathers. The straps are first basted to the facing and then the facing is stitched to the back piece. It's a bit of a pain to get the straps aligned correctly, but overall it's not a problem.
Hooray, it looks just as cute tucked into a skirt! You know, in case I need that nipped-in waist look.
I'd love to make this top again, maybe in view C with lace as the straps and racerback. I've come to realize that loose tops can actually be very flattering, and super comfortable when it's hot!