If Me Made May reminds me of anything, it’s that I should sew more everyday items: versatile shirts, blouses, pants, and skirts. Naturally, I did exactly the opposite for my latest make.
I love it, but I can think of one—and only one—way to wear it: with my black skinny jeans. I tried it with shorts, and I looked totally pants-less from the back. I tried it tucked into a skirt, and it looked frumpy because it’s so loose fitting. If you have any suggestions on how to style this sucker, please, please let me know!
This is Butterick B6324, a variation of view C without the overlay. I sewed pattern size 14, based on my 36-28-38 measurements, and added my usual 1 inch of length. I curved the front hem and added a side slit.
Let me tell you, hemming that deep curve was a pain. I sewed long basting stitches at 1/4″ to help ease in the fabric, but this tencel frayed like a biatch. It’s amazingly soft and floaty, but it made for quite a frustrating hemming session.
As you can see, the back is super long—pretty much tunic length. I think this is where it’s supposed to hit, but I probably could have done without adding the extra inch.
Recognize this button band and collar fabric? It’s my favorite Leah Duncan/Cloud9 voile, which I also used for a Willow Tank and as the lining for my jeans. I had just enough leftover fabric to squeeze out the accents of this shirt, and I’m really likin’ the pop of pattern against the blue.
If you’re looking for a button up with a boxier silhouette, I’d say give his pattern a try. It’s a solid starting point with a lot of room to customize, if that’s your thing.
Now to search for some styling inspiration!
4 thoughts on “Sleeveless Button Up in Tencel”
Gorgeous top! I would try it with a black or white jeans style skirt that finishes just above the knee. I agree whatever bottom you pair it with needs to be fitted and black/navy/white/ other neutral to balance the loose fit and bright colour in the top. I Love your accent fabric too!
I love the idea of a fitted black jean skirt. Thanks for the comments!!
Great colour on you! I keep hearing about this tencel stuff–really must try it sometime…
As for styling it: I think you’re right to go with black, so maybe experiment with some different black bottoms? I’m thinking a long pencil or maxi skirt (provided it was a slim fit as you definitely don’t want too much volume). Possibly culottes if they were a slim fit over the hips…
Tencel is amazing! I’ve been meaning to sew a pair of wide legged cropped pants. That’s an interesting idea if they’re fitted enough at the hips! Thank you!!
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