It’s time for another garment from my 2017 Summer Sewing list! McCall’s 6848, View C is a top I’ve made before (in pre-blogging days, maybe?)…and one that I love! I really wanted to make this simple top out of a flowy fabric to wear to work and church as well as with casual bottoms. When I saw that Fabric Mart had black silk crepe de chine on sale, I knew that I had found my ideal fabric.
Now I know that silk is often viewed as a fabric that needs a lot of special care, but that is really up to you. If you want to dry clean your silk, you can, but you can also throw it in the washer and even the dryer if you want to. It does change the look of the fabric a bit if you wash it, but it doesn’t damage the fabric in any way. So, while I actually prefer the look of the prewashed silk, I knew that I wouldn’t dry clean it due to cost and inconvenience, so I prewashed and dried.
Sewing up this pattern was really fast and easy. I made it in a size large this time. It only has three pattern pieces: a front, a back, and a neckband. It was easy to sew the side and shoulder seams with French seams, and the neckband encloses the raw edge around the neck. For the sleeves, I just did a basic hem with the raw edge turned under so that it was enclosed. Fast and easy with no exposed edges left to fray in the wash!
(front view, above)
(back view, above)
I love the boxy cut and drape of this shirt and, while I wear it as an everyday shirt rather than as pajamas, I can feel how lovely this would be as a silk pajama top. If you are looking for a basic drapey, boxy shirt pattern that is quick and easy, this is for you! I’ve already got another cut out in rayon. Highly recommend!
- Proceed with caution if you try this one out! Cooking Fever is a fun (and addictive) game where you have to serve your customers food as quickly as possible. The better you do, the more (virtual) money you’ll have to upgrade your appliances and restaurant. My fast food establishment is pretty awesome by now, I have to say! 😉
- The Refashioners blog series and competition is up and running again this year with a theme of suits. If you love refashioning, you can remake a suit into a new garment to compete for prizes (rules and prizes can be found here). Right now, Portia, owner of the Makery blog which is hosting the event, is posting inspiration by various bloggers. I was completely blown away when I saw Joost’s zebra-inspired coat. You HAVE to check it out!
- I just finished the audiobook version of Wonder by R. J. Palacio. It was a great kids’ fiction book about the power of kindness.