I am still finishing off replacing some of my casual wear. One of the summer tops I am making is the “Old Mexico Dress/Top” from Folkwear. I won this pattern on IG through the @sewover50 giveaway #so50sewalong. Love @sewover50, you should check it out!
My sewing partner @auntie_pauwa_sews won the same pattern and finished her’s promptly the beginning of August… me not so much. Sorry! Mid-September is “promptly” for me!
As you can see it was a PDF sewing pattern. Since I only needed the pieces for the top though, I didn’t have to print off as much paper as required for the dress. Here’s the yoke piece to be put on the fold of the fabric.
Attaching my yoke was no problem, but they suggested the front and the back of the yoke just be sewed down … i think … I just followed the pattern diagrams and didn’t read the instructions … oops! my bad!
Like always, I preferred the “burrito” technique for attaching the front and the back yoke. I rolled it up into itself, sewed the edges together and then pulled the insides out – a beautiful finish!
I sewed the seams together with “french seams” too. First sewing the wrong sides together with a 1/4″ seam allowance, pressing the seam and then sewing the right sides together with a 1/2″ seam allowance – again a beautiful finish!
I like the sleeve hems. They are cut with funny little angles, but when you turn the hem up and press and turn then up again and press, they make a lovely edge on this triangular sleeve piece.
It was a sunny, but windy, day. I managed to get photos of my new summer top. I think the trick to this pattern is really lightweight fabric, like this cotton, because of the way the sleeves are attached to the square yoke and the numerous pleats in the front and the back. It makes for a lot of lovely fabric billowing around you!
All in all a welcome addition to summer! I still have one more top to make and two yoga or jogger style pants. Do you think I am going to get it all finished before summer is over? LOL!
Are you digging into the fall/winter fabrics yet? Or are you still hanging on to summer?
Happy Sewing, and stay safe!
STASH BUSTING WITH THIS PROJECT: This Top used up 1.7 meters of my stash. So I believe I still have 125.8 metres left!