One of the things that has become apparent to me while constructing my me-made wardrobe is that I am lacking basic tops to pair with my me-made bottoms! I have made some tops, but they have all been in fun prints and colours, making it difficult to pair them with my bottoms (also in fun prints and colours). I like the look of a bold garment paired with a neutral, so the outfit balances out nicely.
I’m taking steps to rectify this issue with this simple Tessuti Kate top. I found this teal cotton lawn at a scrap sale at my local fabric shop and I’m glad I picked it up. The pattern doesn’t require very much fabric, so I was able to squeeze it out of this scrap and add some length to boot! My first Kate top was made from quilting cotton and it is a bit too short and boxy, This time I am much happier with the results and the added length makes it easier to tuck into skirts or culottes.
I love the way this pattern is finished along the hem. It features side slits and walks you through how to perfectly enclose the seam allowances on the inside. It is a very satisfying make for this reason, I really enjoy the process.
The bias binding on this top is the trickiest part, but it yields a beautiful result. I also added a pocket to my version, using the pocket from the Grainline Studio Alder Shirtdress.
Do you need more basic tops? Consider the Kate! It also comes with a high-neck view with a button closure on the back.
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