Last week I was in the UK. A flying visit for my friend’s wedding. An amazing wedding with lots of old school friends, some of which I haven’t seen since I was yawning my way through A-level geography.
I always like to make myself a little something for my trips (apart from the obvious wedding attire that is!) so I decided on a top. I wanted something I could wear with jeans and that wouldn’t crease. I had the perfect fabric!
I had recently stumbled into Tessuti and raided the remnants table. I came out with a marvellous 1m piece of monochrome nylon mesh. Lets just say creasing would not be an issue. It’s a synthetic dream!
Surprisingly enough I reached for my Japanese pattern book collection, choosing the Stylish Party Dresses book.
I decided to hack this dress pattern, the raglan sleeve dress, into a top. Of course, I wanted to add a little interest and make the shoulder panels again. I know, I know, I do this all the time, but I just love it!!
I made a minor tweak to the pattern by lowering the neckline a little, this meant I could dispense with the closure at the back. I cropped the top quite short. It’s shorter than I would normally wear but I think it works well with this style.
The shoulder panels are made from the reverse of the fabric.
It was a quick sew and a surprisingly easy fabric to work with. It does have lots of ‘bounce’ so pressing wasn’t all that effective and I didn’t persevere as I was scared it might melt.
I did spend a little extra time in the finishing. I hand stitched the binding on the inside so there are no visible hems, cuffs or neckline stitching. It worked a treat.
I have worn it A LOT, it was perfect for the UK climate too as we had surprisingly good weather. It also took me back to the joys of 80’s synthetic clothing. Thank god there wasn’t a naked flame in sight!