Now that Memorial Day has kicked off summertime, I am feeling the need for some new summer tops. (I’ll apologize in advance for the whining I’m sure you’ll read in this space, now that the weather is heating up. I’m not good with HOT.) Since I’m also not keen on the knit tank top, my idea is to make some cool woven tops that are sleeveless, bra friendly, and tummy skimming. Does anyone have any pattern suggestions? A lot of my current tops that fit that description have side zippers…phooey. I’m looking for easy, fast and cute.

This weekend when my studio started getting warm, I pulled out this shirt I bought at the thrift store: it’s an Ann Taylor Loft petite. (I never try stuff on when thrifting, I just hope for the best.) I always think tiny shirts will fit me. I’m little on top, but my shoulders are broad-ish, so while I could button this shirt, I couldn’t move my arms. I thought I’d hack the sleeves off to see it that helped….it did! ๐Ÿ™‚

I used this blue sleeveless shirt as an armhole guide, since I knew it had good coverage. (sorry about the wrinkles, I don’t usually iron before I throw my clothes out on the lawn for photography…heh) I copied the armholes by marking them onto the striped shirt, cut off the sleeves, then used double fold bias binding to finish the edges. (can you believe I happened to have that coordinating color in my stash?! serendipity!)

One down…many to go. So let’s hear it, any fun top patterns out there you recommend? Something that will use up some of my fabric stash?