One of my favorite features in our shop is the ability for you all to share your custom pieces with us. Not only do you inspire one another, but you also inspire us here at Hawthorne Threads! When Erin of Hungie Gungie shared this photo below, I knew we just had to whip up some high low tops for summer!
Easy-breezy in style, Erin's top exudes comfort and relaxation. Her choice of fabric adds a bit of sophistication to the design, making it an easy one to dress up or down. She used a soft and airy Voile from Art Gallery Fabrics.
I think I may have to follow here lead and make one up in this Branching Silhouette, which would look equally great with a pair of cut-offs and flops!
For the pattern, head over to Kate n Rose. The Roza Blouse is available for purchase in PDF instant download format, or in paper copies if you prefer.
Since our manager "Becky Sews Best" here in our shop, she wasted no time and has already sewn up two versions of these tops. For the first, she chose a voile from Valori Wells' new Wish collection, another beautiful choice for a warm weather wardrobe. And for the second, she paired a bit of Indian Summer from Sarah Watson with a great Textured Solid from Andover Fabrics.
Becky highly recommends this pattern, finding it clear and very straightforward to put together. Raglan sleeves make this easy to fit and very forgiving. The most difficult aspect is adding the binding - a must know skill for all sewers, and so she recommends the pattern for advanced beginners.
As you can see, the piecing is a great opportunity to use multiple fabrics and to practice French seams! The juxtaposition of these two fabrics really achieves a wonderfully textured, homespun look. If you're leery of an all-over pattern then breaking up the design with a near solid is a great effect. She's going to make several more before the summer's end, perhaps trying some with long sleeves for cool summer nights. While the design is wonderful for light and airy voile, quilting cotton, linen, chambray, and rayon would be wonderful choices as well.
Unfortunately, I had to give Becky back her top. Now if only I could narrow down which fabric to use - I know, it's a job hazard I'm happy to live with! We hope you'll share your new Roza Tops with us - happy sewing!