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Summer Sewing Challenge - Express Yourself in Linen

They Call Me the Breeze!

Vogue 8472, a jacket pattern made into a sleeveless top.

I used Vogue 8472 (actually a jacket pattern) to make this easy, breezy top.  Last summer was SWELTERING, even by Nebraska standards, and all I wanted was something COOL for my walks.  This fit the bill perfectly.


100% linen yarndye, washed and dried twice before cutting.


I did a full bust adjustment (standard operating procedure), using Sandra Betzina’s method for princess seams.

Design changes:

The jacket is designed to be partially lined, but I forfeited the lining for the sake of coolness and, thus, used French seams.  My yoke was faced with handkerchief linen.

I left off the sleeves and finished the armholes with seam binding (Photo 2).

To attach the yoke (which also forms the top of the armholes), I sandwiched the top in between the layers of the yoke and the yoke facing, used lots of pins (Photo 3), and edgestitched my way around, and then topstitched (Photo 4 detail of yoke). 

I also used bigger buttons than called for, and three instead of two.  (I like odd numbers, when it comes to buttons.)

This top is so cool and breezy, it’s one of my favorites.  I wear it often when I take the dogs on their outings. 



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    Creativefool | | #1

    What a clever idea. I'll have to look at my jacket patterns with a new eye to details.

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