Anyways, I wanted to share with yall a top I made earlier this summer, and one that has had a lot of wear already. It's quickly become one of my favorite shirts.
I used the Callie Top pattern by See Kate Sew. I like using Kate's patterns because they are so feminine, simple, and elegant. I love how this top is very modest and still has a bit of a girly edge to it. Kate made this up in an eyelet/lace top - and since I couldn't get that verison out of my head, I copied with my own eyelet one. I used this purple/gray eyelet from Michael Levine (no longer carried -sorry yall!).
The Callie ruffle top is a feminine summer top with ruffles over the shoulders and ruffle sleeves. Perfect for a summer party or date night. Back and front darts that are easy to sew. Ruffle sleeve or cap sleeve option. Button up back.
A grayish purple cotton eyelet.
I made a medium based on the bust measurements. It was definitely super big on me - I ended up taking four inches out of the back to compensate. Next time, I'd sew up a small and just do a FBA.
Clarity of Pattern
Kate's patterns are super easy to follow. They are written just like her tutorials- you feel like she is right there with you guiding your sewing along.
Because it ended up being so large on me, I ended up omitting four inches out of the back, and omitted the back buttons - it was easy enough to get on over my head.
It took less than a half an hour to cut out, and it took a naptime to sew up! That's less than two hours, yall! My kind of sewing!
ThoughtsObviously, I love this top! I'm a little unhappy with how the front of the neckline drapes on me, and I think its partially because of how large this was on my petite frame. But even with that, I still love this top. I wore it for a weekend away in Charleston, and received so many compliments on it. It was a great casual top with jeans, but I've also worn it to work many times, too. I love that it's girly and fun without being over the top. I'd love to see how it sews up in a linen or another type of material. Take care yall!