It seems I am on a roll this year, as among all the new projects I’ve been making I’ve inserted the ones I started years ago and managed to finish them. There are still quite a few projects that I still have to finish but the UFO pile is doing down (slowly, but surely going down).
Once such a project is my second Hello Sailor Top by The Fold Line (I blogged about my first one here ). I pretty much cut it at the same time I was making my shirt dress for the Sewing Together for the Summer 2017 challenge using the leftover chambray. I only had one issue I did not want to cut bias in the chambray. Took me until this year to decide that red bias tape would be prefect. Also I lengthened the bodice by 10 cm on the second one.
I used the ready made bias tape to finish the neckline and armholes. Added a bit of contrast to a fabric that’s a bit boring.
There is one issue with this. I should have thought about cutting off about 0.5 cm because when I added the bias tape I used a smaller seam allowance which made the top a bit wider over the shoulders. That’s the only part that this is obvious.
And since I added the red bias around the neckline and armholes I felt it was necessary to finally use the decorative stitches on my sewing machine (it has quite few) using red thread.
So as the summer is coming its end, I try to wear my sleeveless top as much as I can. This top is perfect and as I love the back detail, I love that the red is drawing the focus on it. Also, it draws the attention to my face so boxiness of the top does not make me look too big.
I am even tempted next year to lengthen it into a dress. The top is wide enough for my hips. So a dress won’t be too tight, especially if I put in the side seam the slits like in the top. Obviously, the slits on the dress would start on from just under the hip line. I’s also add a belt to emphasise my waist.
What do you think, would this pattern work as a dress?