Spring Linen Top - Simplicity 2892
May 31, 2013
Hot weather means linen tops, lots of them. My first, in what I hope will be many, is Simplicity 2892 with modifications. I started with a medium weight linen in a light color which is to die for.I think all linen is to die for though. My mother-in-law dislikes is because it wrinkles so easily. As a mom, this doesn't bother me like it used to (because let's face it what I'm wearing will be wrinkled, covered in snot, spit up or dirt by the end of the day but it starts off cute) but if you share her opinion and dislike linen for its upkeep then I recommend using a crinkled gauze. A nice gauze will function similarly to the linen and keep you cool and breathe well. But the added bonus is because of the texture it will not show new wrinkles readily and will offer a little stretch in case you want to really enjoy your meal.
This warm weather top really goes with so many items: skinny jeans, patterned shorts, short skirts and wide legged khakis. The top shown is view D though next time I will make View E with the belt. I usually wear this top with a wide belt which really nips it in and makes it look great. I left the edges raw around the neck because I really liked the uber casual look of the frayed edges at the neck line (see picture) and it adds more interest. I have already washed this top a few times and the cut of the neckline frays much less than expected so you don't have to worry about threads constantly tickling your neck.
I also made the top an inch longer so the top hit at my hips. You could also add another 5" to make this top into a tunic to wear over leggings or another 10-15" to make it into a dress though I definitely recommend added a belt of some kind to accentuate your waist. This top looks great under jackets and cardi and looks great with trim skirts or worn with a belt with flowy skirts. There is one more 2892 cut on my table in a print to fill out my wardrobe.
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