Spring is in the air! Warm sunny rays peeked out long enough this afternoon to allow me to comfortably photograph my new date night top outside. I made this top with Valentine’s Day in mind but my boyfriend and I have yet to go out to dinner. He approves of my flirty new top, though, so I’ll stash it away for our next date night. To learn more about the construction of this top and fabric details, read on.
The pattern used is a new 2017 release from New Look, #6490. I made view D. I muslined a size 10 and decided the overall fit was pretty good but I did widen ever so slightly at the hips to make it a little bit more flowy.
The fabric is an Anna Sui designer fabric that I bought two summers ago at Mood Fabrics NYC. It’s rayon and I snagged it for $14/yard. This pattern calls for 2 yards so this cute top only cost me $28. I also had fun looking up what Anna Sui had designed using this fabric. She created some structured skirts and dresses, which surprised me because it is a difficult fabric to work with. I recommend using a spray stabilizer like the one I bought on Amazon above to make it easier to cut, pin, and sew slippery fabrics.
The pattern calls for a lining but I did not want to lose the sheerness of the fabric so I decided not to line my top.
I like that a bit of skin shows through when I’m standing in the sunlight. You might also notice that my collar and neck band is different than the pattern. I could not for the life of me get the collar to sit nicely, so I ended up cutting it off and designing my own neck straps instead.
I think my version looks neater although it’s not the most robust garment I’ve ever made.
I definitely see myself making this top again but when I do I’ll probably make my own neck straps.
As an aside, has anybody else been watching Amazon’s new TV show The Collection?
If you’ve been watching, what do you think about it? I’ve finished the first season and enjoyed it, although I’m not positive that any of the characters are all that compelling. I’d love to hear your thoughts. I hope ya’ll had a lovely weekend and that you’re also busy making spring sewing plans! New Look seems to have really upped their game lately and I picked up several new patterns from their spring collection.