Summer is approaching fast (it was 90 degrees yesterday) and the elder daughter is planning a trip to Texas to see her college friends. I am making her a series of sleeveless tops to take on the trip. These tops are great because you can wear them as is on a hot day or wear a little cardigan over them in the air conditioning. I am using her favorite top pattern, New Look 6027:
The first fabric is a drapey cotton in black and white, though the white reads as gray, and the second is a batik I got at Fabrix in The City.
M thought a gray trim would look the best, though finding a trim that color is impossible. Instead, I used a decorative stitch to make scallops on the tucks down the front of the inset yoke piece. I also found some great buttons to sew down the middle.
The light is not too great in the sewing room when you are taking pictures at the crack of dawn, but you can get an idea of the batik for the second top.
These tops will be like the first sleeveless top I made from this pattern, the tan one with the embroidery:
The sewing room cleanup went faster than I thought it would, and I found it easier than expected to get rid of my extra patterns. I sorted through all my fabric stash, separated the stuff I didn’t need anymore and put the rest in opaque bins to go out into storage. I took pictures of the fabric that was in each bin so I will know where to find it in the future. This took a huge stack of bins out of the sewing room and opened up the space. I was able to move my cutting table in there and have better access to the knitting machines, too. I also found stuff that has been missing for awhile, including my self-drafted pattern for a checkbook cover from past Christmas presents. I want to make myself several more of these. Here’s a picture of the cutting table being moved into the room before the place was made a little neater: