Today I've got two, TWO new tops to show you made from this fab pattern. Here's the rundown:
New Look 6217 - a kimono sleeved top. A real belter, this one - it includes a pattern for a top, skirt, kimono jacket AND trousers! I saw it when it was free with a sewing magazine months ago but was too late to buy the issue so I picked it up on eBay instead. Handmade Jane has also discovered this pattern recently too. Maybe we can spearhead a comeback for this gem! I've since seen it popping up on other Instagram feeds and blogs so I reckon it's a bit of a sleeper hit.
It was really simple and I love not having to set in sleeves
For the first - a beautiful arrow print voile (I think) bought in Walthamstow last summer for £1.50 a metre. It is pretty light but wonderfully drapey and I used less than a metre to make this top so still have loads left for other projects (it would make a lovely slip or nightdress). I used a vintage white glass button from my stash - love a chance to use a pretty, lone button.
I did iron the top but you can see what a poor job I did round the back neck! Still you can see the fabric and nice button.
For the second, some fun mushroom print voile bought from Mandors for £6 or £7 a metre in 2014. As mushroom printed fabrics go, this one is very tasteful and although it's a bit sheer is lovely and drapey too.
Pattern Alterations or Design Changes
I usually add length but this time I just cut a straight size 12 for both. For the mushroom one I cut the back piece on the fold to eliminate the back seam and button fastening because I could get the first over my head without unbuttoning. Win!
Would you sew it again and do anything different next time?
Yes, this is getting filed away as a great tried and tested pattern. I think it would benefit from a small narrow upper chest adjustment next time. This is an adjustment I often need and I think the drapiness of both fabrics makes it less obvious here, but next time I would do one.
None (or else I wouldn't have chosen it!)
Would you recommend it to others?
Totally. It would work nicely extended to a dress too.
This was the perfect pattern to gently lift me from a sewing slump. Buy it, sew it, sew more, you won't regret it.