It feels like a sailor top should be in navy and white stripes, with a big square collar and some shiny silver buttons, but this is actually the Sailor Top from Fancy Tiger Crafts. I saw a tester version of this, I think, on a blog – can’t remember exactly where – but it grabbed me as exactly my style – nice wide neckline, a little, loose raglan sleeve and a loose, easy fit. I always like a raglan sleeve, they always feel a bit more roomy than a set-in sleeve, which helps in my never-ending quest not to over-heat. The fit helps here too – lots of room for air to float around. The length is perfect for me, I like a hip-length top, I’m not young enough or thin enough to go anywhere near a cropped length – and I like a good amount of coverage so I can wear the lower-rise jeans that I’m most comfortable in without being in danger of scaring small children when I bend down!
I also really like the yoke at the neck, which is echoed in the sleeve bands and the deep hem. It reminds me of a couple of RTW tops I had a few years ago which were favourites until they fell apart. I made the size L with no alterations at all and it fits exactly how I like. The yoke in particular looks great, sitting beautifully flat at both front and back…..
Slightly blurry picture of the back there, this was the best light we could find last weekend when Edinburgh was particularly grey and miserable – there was no way I was standing outside in a lightweight short-sleeved top in the wind and driving rain……anyway, you can see the way the yoke sits on my shoulders and across the back.
The fabric was an impulse buy from John Lewis, on sale – according to the tag it’s 100% cotton, but it’s very drapey, and both the shop assistant and I felt that it might have some viscose or rayon content – it’s lovely and cool to the touch. The print was a bit of a departure for me, I don’t usually go for floral, but this had some gorgeous colours in and it has an almost abstract feel to it. This also meant I had no qualms about not even attempting to pattern match anywhere – there just wasn’t any point with the combination of the gathers and the random-ness of the print. While I’m on the subject of the gathers, I was pretty lazy with them and there are a few spots where things get a little lumpy…..but again the busy-ness of the print means it’s not that noticeable, and I just couldn’t be bothered to try again.
This was a really quick, simple make but it’s become a regular in my work wardrobe – unfortunately the temperature in our office building is controlled centrally and it’s always too hot for me – so this is nice and cool for inside. It also sits fine under a jumper or cardie without getting too creased, which means I can dress for the outside as well. A very successful project and I’m planning more of these. I think in a fancier fabric, maybe a silk crepe or something, this would be an easy-to-wear evening / dressier top.