Pattern: Lisette Souvenir, Simplicity 1879, found on Etsy, £5.80 (including postage from US)
Fabric: 1.4m navy elephant cotton print from Ditto Fabrics, £7.58
Other: Thread from stash, scraps of navy pin-dot fabric for facings
I chose to make size 8, based on the finished measurements: this gave me almost 3 inches of ease, which sounded about right for a garment which skims the figure with clever, minimal shaping.
The instructions are clear and helpful, with "Lisette tips" to keep beginners on the straight and narrow.
I made View A, without the bottom frill. This made a tunic-length top and used up every inch of my fabric by the time I matched up the elephants.
|Lining up the binding with the neck edge|
Everything was going swimmingly until I reached the bit where you join the sleeves to the body.
My first attempt gave me a stepped-neck feature.
I unpicked it, and lined up the bias-binding at the top of the sleeve with the straight edge of the neck and put in a couple of stitches to keep it in place.
This was all it took to get it right, and I am really impressed with the final finish of the neck facing on the inside - not a raw edge in sight!
Apart from this slight hiccup, I would say this is one of the easiest tops I have ever made: no zips, no buttonholes, no gathered sleeve-set-ins to get wrong.
You could easily make one of these in a day.
Another Lisette success!
I wore my Portfolio dresses and top constantly last summer, and I can tell that this year they will be competing with the Souvenir. I intend to make the dress version (with a deep lower-edge frill) in purple organic cotton.
The only thing I might change is the length of the sleeve. It is slightly too short to be 3/4 length and way too long to be "short". As it is quite wide, it seems somehow out of proportion on the shorter view of this top, although I note the suggestion on the Lisette blog to sew it in a semi-sheer fabric, which would make more of the deep sleeve hem. The sleeves definitely look better from the front, as does the neckline. I could do with longer hair... or a scarf!And the elephants? I think they work with the casual style of this garment. They were never going to be office-appropriate and this neckline is rather too bare for the Corridor of Power, so it is a combination I will reserve for weekends and holidays.
The cowboy boots may just be going too far!