Well, that was easy.
How often do I say that?
I’d been wanting to make this top ever since the pattern came out. (They did really a good job on the cover photograph.)
This make was really precipitated by the fabric. I snagged this cute poly jungle-ish print from the red tag area of Joann’s. It was perfect for participating in Pretty Grievances‘s Jungle January! (And with tiger stripes *and* leopard spots, it’s ideal for undecided fence-sitting jungle enthusiasts.)
At $2.50 a yard (extra 50% off sale, booyah), this was a bargain. But at only a yard–I bought the last of it–it was also a challenge.
What to make?
My options were pretty limited (no long sleeves, for sure!). When I saw Lori’s version of this top in a single silk print, I was sold.
I went with view A, which has double slits along the diagonal front seams. I was torn between this and the pocket version. I couldn’t really picture how View A would look sewn up, so I decided to make it and find out.
And the results are…
Well, I kinda wish I’d made the other version, to be honest. I thought the slits would be a cool, unique feature. But they just kinda hang there. They come up a bit too high (as drafted), so I’ll have to wear a tank if I don’t want flashes of my belly showing.
And in general, the slits pull away from stomach in way that’s not flattering. I certainly am not one who thinks everything needs to be figure flattering. (Because that’s some sexist, fascist BS.) But I also don’t dig the “belly protusion chic” look.
That’s me: making unflattering things so you don’t have to! Trust me, just make the pocket version or stitch the seams all the way. It’s still a cute, relaxed top.
Also good about this pattern: the length of the back. It offers nice coverage (not quite full butt coverage, but close) without feeling long or baggy. It stills looks and feels more like a fancy tee than a tunic.
One more note: there’s a dart on the shoulder. I did not expect that from the envelope artwork. I got the boxy, square-shoulder look that people seem to be split on. Personally, I think it’s cool. It adds unexpected structure to a flowy top. But if you don’t like it, I don’t think it would be hard to eliminate.
So, my Jungle January task completed, I’m free to roam and seek adventure in a new environment. Or fabric. Something like that.
Welcome to the fold, my Silky Jungle T-Shirt of Questionable Abdominal Aesthetics!
I love it! Would it make the slits flare out if you belted it? I’m thinking maybe a brown or teal belt that goes with the print might look nice. Oh, and maybe black tights for the bottoms? Hmmmm…it could work. But then, you’ve seen my wardrobe so you know I am NOT at the height of fashion. 😉
I love that idea! A belt might make it all look a little more intentional, and the silhouette would be perfect to go with a pencil skirt… Thanks for the idea, my stylish friend!
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I love that pattern. I have a couple of those tops myself! Nicely done with the print!
Thanks, Linda! The print was a lucky find!
I’ve got this exact same print, but in a denim. Also from Joann’s!
I think I saw that fabric, and had in the cart for a bit! (Before going with the cheap version, heh.) I’ll be watching to see what you make!
I love this print! I also have this pattern in my stash but haven’t tried it yet. I’ll have to give it a go!
Go for it–it’s a pretty fast sew!