Entry number three for the Spring Top Sewalong! I had a gauzy top from H&M that had seen better days (
I don’t even want to photograph it, it’s so dingy! See below for the side-by-side comparison!), but I love the shape and feel of it, so I decided to use it as my template for a new version. Not that I’m ever going to wear it again (in public), but I didn’t disassemble the shirt; instead just traced parts of it on Swedish tracing paper. Unfortunately, parts like the button placket, banded neckline, and even the sleeves were not really “traceable”, so those bits I recreated on my own (and the neckline and sleeves more than once!). I eye-balled the tiny pintucks (there are some on the back, too), but I wish I had put in a few more.
Since I had never sewn one like this before (let alone create the pattern), the button placket was the most challenging part. I used this tutorial to draft and sew the one piece placket. And it only took one try!
I wrangled a rounded hem, adjusted the sleeve openings at the shoulder and, as usual, took in the sides to make it less boxy. In the end I love this top. LOVE IT. I can picture it getting as “well loved” as the original.
Fabric is crinkled gauze, purchased at Fabric. com for an absolute steal (like $4 a yard, if I remember correctly). This gauze was fun to work with and extremely forgiving.
Okay, by request, I have added a photo of the side-by-side comparison!