Summer seemed to arrive really quickly here a few weeks ago with very warm sunny days. Immediately I wanted a breezy summer top which would hardly touch my skin while I tried to keep cool.
I had a lovely piece of white eyelet fabric that I picked up from the remnants table at Ditto Fabrics earlier this year – this one is similar. I have been taking this out periodically and pondering what to make with it, but in the recent heatwave the idea of the cross back top was perfect!When I made this last year I made a few changes to the pattern as drafted – full details are on my original post. I had to cut the kimono sleeve back a few inches as it was too tight on my upper arm and I also dropped the front neckline about two inches and stitched the facings down as otherwise they tend to flap about. I also omitted the button at the back – the pieces are stitched into place anyway, My version is a size 12 bust graded out to a size 14 at the hip.After making these changes last year (and thankfully updating the pattern pieces rather than just making the changes on the fly!) I was able to cut this out and sew it all up in one afternoon. The only adjustment I think I still need (which is one that I really need to do more) is a forward shoulder adjustment as I find the shoulder seam isn’t in quite the right place.So – the perennial question with eyelet – how much can you see through it? I am wearing a white bra and although you can definitely tell it is there I don’t think it is necessary to wear anything over it. The other question with this top is whether I am in danger of revealing more than I might like when the backs falls open? I didn’t feel as if I was – the back does open if you lean forward far enough and lifts up a bit in a breeze but that was exactly what I wanted on a really sunny day!
Perfect for summer and a quick afternoon of sewing – exactly what I need at this time of year!