Blue Confetti Knit Top + Cream Selvedge Culottes

I’m so excited about this new top! It’s self drafted off my knit sloper with the shoulder seam pushed to the back in a curved inset. I love how regency dresses had the shoulder seams pushed to the back bodice and I wanted to create a more modern adaptation of that idea. This is my very wearable muslin testing out those seamlines.  I purchased this blue confetti French digital knit on a whim (along with quite a few other knits!) after Christmas (a gift from my husband) from Marcy Tilton.

I only had a small amount of this print so the back bodice was seamed down the center back.  My next version will omit that seam. I’m thinking this pattern will also adapt to a very functional rashguard in the summer. I may make some of these to sell as well.  I love the vibrancy of this print which has a lovely hand and great 4 way stretch.  The top has a banded neck and was a quick make on the serger and coverstitch.  I love how the back curves gently to a slight dip in the back.  I’m so happy with how this came out!

Classes Used for Drafting:

Patternmaking Basics: The Bodice Sloper
Patternmaking + Design: The Pants Sloper

I’m wearing it here with my favorite pants (also self drafted) that I just kept forgetting to photograph.  I made these over the summer out of a beautiful organic cream fabric that I bought for making up muslins but just adore how it looks and feels. It’s an undyed plain weave hemp and organic cotton muslin in a mid weight from Organic Cotton Plus. A real workhouse fabric.  I’ll be purchasing more for dyeing as well.

I left the selvedge unsewn at the hem for a point of interest.  Originally I was going to have these with a gathered elastic waist but it was much too bulky.  I then undid the waist seams and added two front darts and 4 back darts as well as a side zipper closure.  The piece is self faced at the top band.  Because I was planning on gathers I had plenty of wiggle room to redo the seams.  Sometimes simple is best.  I wear these more than any other pant in my closet so I may need to make another pair soon.  The wide leg with a trim waist is my favorite pant silhouette.

Back with more very soon! Happy Sewing!

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