I have been attempting to sort through my fabrics and patterns lately, and have found many a piece of forgotten inspiration. One such piece was two yards of a beautiful home dec weight Amy Butler fabric that I had originally bought to make summer shorts. Another such inspiration was an Advance pattern for 5 variations of a wonderful summer top. I decided last week to put the two together and came out with this:
Probably should have straightened things out before taking the picture! Alas. ;) I used a sky blue metal zipper from my stash for the back. I need to install one more hook & eye at the top--I didn't bring the zipper up quite high enough, so it looks a little funny.
The original design was a button-front, and much shorter. Although I love the button-front look, I think a zipper closure in the back looks much better with my fabric choice. Buttons in the front might have made things a little too "busy".
This pattern was super-simple to put together. I think it took me about two hours to finish the garment, and I didn't cut too many corners (although I am ashamed to admit that I did cut a few...). One thing I really love about this top is that it can be dressed up and down very easily. I wore it with cropped jeans and a cardigan early in the week and with a pencil skirt and heels to the Fox last night--and it looked fantastic both ways! Ah, I just love versatile clothing. :)
Have a fantastic weekend!