I can't believe I completely missed posting in May! May was a super busy month with my middle daughter, Serena, graduating from college; my youngest daughter, Alyssa, going to France, graduation parties, and wrapping up the year at my elementary school job. Whew!
Soft Surroundings, and I really loved the styles that they presented. Lots of simple cotton voile tunics with interesting details like unusual hems. These retail for an average of $70, and I could definitely beat that by making my own. I knew that we just got in a beautiful shipment of cotton voile for SewBaby, so I shopped my shop (yes, this is the perilous part of being a fabric shop owner- you wouldn't believe the stash that I have!), and found this lovely Aqua Voile. I had just bought Vogue pattern 8821 and decided to try it out in the voile.
This top pattern has gorgeous lines in the back. I did not lengthen it, and I am 5'9", so keep that in mind if you are shorter. It is pretty easy to sew- it does involve quite a bit of narrow hemming to go around the bottom. I cut a bias strip of self fabric to finish the neckband, instead of using purchased bias tape. This is much softer, and easy enough to do.
Love, love, LOVE IT. I highly recommend the pattern for the top. And I will definitely be making more of these for summer.