Simple Summer Sewing.

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As the temperatures begin to rise I realized that I needed some light summer tops to get me through the steamy summer . I gathered together a variety of fabrics, prints and solids, some knits, some wovens mostly remnants. I used Vogue9057-Marcy Tilton view C, Butterick 5925- Katherine Tilton view C and McCallsMP206 also view C. I say used loosely as I changed hemlines and width as I made each one. Here are a few details and quick finishes I used.

I wanted some yellow to match a piece of jewelry . This is a knit. Did you ever get some fabric with a square print and not know what to do. I don’t think a square in the center is flattering. I decided to use part of it and make the rest black and a solid yellow . I used the McCalls pattern for this one and played with the placement of the pattern. I wanted a sleeve and also played around with that. I did not have a lot of fabric so I finished the slit in the center first, and then used what I had to cut out the sleeve. I used a purchased fold over elastic to finish the neckline.

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I used bias to finish the woven tops that I made. I like this finish as its clean and easy.

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Vogue 5925 is one of my favorites. I have made it a few times and I really like the seaming on the back. I only had a small amount of this knit so adding the solid worked great and highlights the detail. This has a front seam but I made it a fold and changed the neckline from a V to a curve. I also added  I think 3 ins to this pattern.

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I used V9057 for the black top. I extended the shoulder to make a dolman sleeve- really easy. I found some knit bindings at JoAnns and I used them on a few of my tops. This one is ruffled elastic and I used a zigzag stitch to attach it to the neckline. I did not pre stitch the neckline but fused a thin line of interfacing to the neck edge. It comes in a few colors. The other binding is fold over elastic and it looks really nice and is easy to use.

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This coral knit top was a thicker fabric and I will probably only wear it to the Gym or around the house so I just turned under  3/8 in. and  zigzagged the edges.

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This  print is the same as the solid black, I wore  it to a party with my sweetie!

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About maryglenn

I lived in Ireland for the first half of my life and Philadelphia for the second half--so far! I have always loved Sewing and all things creative . I am starting an inspired sewing and design Blog to connect with like minded friends.
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12 Responses to Simple Summer Sewing.

  1. Mollie says:

    Fabulous tops, Mary! You make steamy weather look good.

  2. Maureenclayton says:

    I love all your tops and all your creative finishes. Looks like a million dollar summer wardrobe!

  3. Nell Lee Stinson says:

    Finally found your blog! You are truly an inspiration. See you soon in Taos❤️

  4. WOW! You have been busy, and each one a winner. Wonderful selection and I love that ruffled elastic trim. I must look for some of that. My tees are so uninteresting – boatneck with 3/4 sleeves from Lands’ End, whenever I find colors I like. My biggest problem is horrendous hot flashes so I am pretty much stuck with looking for cotton, which has the benefit of not pilling. I had one wonderful striped boatneck tee in red, navy and off-white uneven stripes, but someone took it out of the washer I was using here in our apartment bldg. Broke my heart. I will be checking back for more pattern inspiration! Great job – and you look so cute with your sweetie at the party.

  5. worthmorenow says:

    Hello! Just found your blog and I live in Philadelphia also. Was wondering if you do any “local” fabric stores? Hoping to hear from you…….
    Eileen

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