I made a thing! I picked up this lovely herringbone chambray from LA Finch Fabrics last summer, and finally found a perfect use for it. When I first saw the new Itch to Stitch Beausoleil Top & Dress (affiliate link), I knew I needed one, but I needed one in a classic easy-to-pair fabric so that the unique shoulder details wouldn’t get swallowed up.
It’s awesome, and I love it. As always, this Itch to Stitch pattern is profesionaly drafted and finished, with easy-to-understand instructions. There are two photo tutorials on Itch to Stitch blog to accompany the pattern instructions, to help explain the more complicated parts. The pattern has 5 cup size options, so you can make a well-fitting woven bodice without having to do a full bust adjustment. There is also an option for a dress with pockets, if that’s your jam.
I made a 12 C cup graded to 14 hips, and added 2″ of length to the skirt portion. I probably could have added another inch or two, but I do like this length. I used a vintage zipper that I thrifted, which worked well, because of the lapped zipper, you can’t tell that it doesn’t even closesly match.
In this lightweight, breathable cotton, this will be a perfect summer shirt. Easy to wear, classic and simple. The cold shoulder detail makes it unique, but I just love that classic shaping that the zipper and waist give it.
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