Anyone remember Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World? And how the society had degraded to the point that clothing was super thin and the fabric just fell apart? No? Well, never mind then.
Here is my Number Two for Made By Rae’s Spring Top Week and my completed assignment for Set-in Sleeves
I made this top based on a sketch of mine.
I originally called the sketch of this "Tullip Top" because I designed the sleeves to look like tullips, sort of.
I used one of the vintage dress patterns I picked up a month or so ago (McCall’s 4305, 1974) for help with the princess seam placement and shaping.
The material is this crazy thin sheer with lavender polka dots from a bag of old 70s fabric my mom gave me. It was super hard to sew with, tearing and fraying pretty much anytime the needle even brushed against it. As a result, I did all the seams and finishing with rolled hems on my serger.
In spite of it’s difficulty in getting to this point, I’m super happy with how it turned out. I love the little belt and the princess seams. I did a bit of scalloping and pin tucks on the sleeves, in addition to their gathering.
And I love the sheerness, now that I no longer am holding my breath while sewing it. It just makes it that much more flirty and springy.
I’m so in love with this design, that I’m totally going to make at least one more top just like it, but out out of fabric with just a bit more weight to it.