|Simplicity 237, version 1|
|Simplicity 2371, version 2|
|The bad old days...|
Look at the silly small scale lace trim and the kitten heels on a very not kittenish outfit. It just seems all wrong. But, now that I have insulted the pattern photo, I have to admit that I am in love with this pattern. It is exactly what I wanted....a simple summer tunic to wear with straight leg pants or Bermuda shorts. I normally do a FBA but the shoulder pleats gave me enough ease that it was unnecessary this time around. I was so thrilled with the fit on the mockup that I didn't even bring it to Sarah for tweaking. Instead I made one version the very next week.....and then another a few weeks later.
These first two are from semi-sheer fabrics so I plan on wearing them with a slippery camisole underneath. I would like to make at least two more versions, in non-sheer fabrics, but was wondering about how to make lightweight, Liberty-like cotton lawn work. I did ask Sarah Veblen if I should underline this pattern and what would she suggest I use. Using silk organza seems like it would defeat the purpose of the cotton lawn since I am afraid it would lose some of the 'flow-y" effect. I could also underline it in a solid cotton lawn but again, a little bulkier than I want, and definitely not slippery over my swayback high hip shelf. I really didn't want to line it with Ambiance since that seemed like overkill. Sarah made a very interesting suggestion. She thought I should consider underlining the thin cotton lawn with silk chiffon or a light silk georgette. Hmmmm, I think that would work quite nicely. If I ever proceed along those lines I'll let you know what I think.
The pattern does have a facing and I used a very lightweight silk organza as a stabilizer/interfacing to keep the sheer fabric feel. In retrospect, the second green and blue version should have a slightly darker piece of silk organza since I will wear this version with a dark colored camisole.
|Serged armhole inside|