I have a new favorite top.
I love the light, loose, and grown-up look of chiffon, crepe, lace, and all other fabrics in that category. I think all of my date-night/out on the town tops are one type of another or a combination of them all, and have been that way since high school. Now these types of blouses are everywhere, but so many are just too short. And I’m poor. That’s when I turn to my little collection of women’s patterns!
For this one, I used McCall’s 5977, but added 3” to the center in order to have room for pleats, and drew up some cap sleeves (which ended up fitting all the way around the arm, obviously I’m not expert at that) to attach to the bodice. I also added the bias binding to the bottom hem instead of doing a regular hem.
Can I tell you how much I love it? I wore it around at night while doing dishes at 11:30pm and it wasn’t even done- I already loved it that much.
In the morning I finished the pleats (at first, I had the pleats end at the bust line, but it was looking a bit like a maternity top, and I don’t want to send any mixed messages to people ha ha) and added the bias hem. I put it on, and didn’t take it off. Even when the baby barfed all over it. It even got blood on it already, but I just soaked the spot in cold water- while it was on- and got it out. When Mike got home with the car, I put on some pearls and took my blue blouse out on the town (aka to Target) and felt so pretty! And thanks to Kirsten for taking the photos, I knew my 3-year-old wouldn’t do justice with the camera ;)
Since I am sure someone will ask, I got the fabric from Jo Ann’s on my Birthday, (it is a sheer crepe-type, and isn’t silky smooth- when you rub it together it kind of makes a sandpaper sound… which is a terrible description, but I adore this type of material) so I guess this is a new birthday shirt? Anyway, I LOVE this top. LOVE. The pattern is a great fit across the shoulders and neckline- and it doesn’t need a zipper or button or anything like that, so I am a huge fan. It is super versatile. The darts are really easy, not that I need ‘em now that my milk supply is G-O-N-E and my sistahs are non-existent again. But I digress. The pleats look wonky in this photo, but they are nearly perfect in real life.
I’m so thrilled with it! Everyone, be thrilled with me!! Ready? Go!
Have a good day!