My plan was to create the perfect nautical themed outfit. The sailor pants I attempted to make were supposed to be the bottoms. This was supposed to be the top. I have to get the pants to fit because I love this top. Super comfortable!
So the pattern I used for the top was Simplicity 1363 view D.
It says "easy to sew" but I would have to disagree. How to make the neck band is like a foreign language to me. I could not figure out what the heck Simplicity wanted me to do. I started an online search to find other bloggers who may have made it to see what they said. Well, I'm happy to report I'm not the only one who had problems with this pattern. Seems a lot of people made it up as they went. So that's exactly what I did.
For the neck band I just put it right sides together raw edges even then sewed 3/8". Then I understitched. It seems to have worked fine.
And the result?
I know it's crooked on the bottom on this picture, but I promise it does really lay straight :)
The fabric I used was Chagall Crepe de Chine Scrolls Navy/Creme, which I bought at fabric.com. The fabric is lightweight, almost opaque, and very soft and comfortable. The only negative is it is 100% polyester.
The back of this pattern has a button closure. But it is loose enough that I can easily pull it on and off.
I'm already pear shaped so I think this might influence it more. Probably not the best thing for me. But I still like it.
And this is the reason why I wanted this top for my sailor pants. Short in the front to show off the cute front of the pants.