So after about 2 hours of rummaging through fabrics and patterns and the mess that is my sewing space I finally settled for a basic top from McCalls pattern M6519. I bought this black ikat print silk Country Road top (below) some months ago and I absolutely love it. It is just a simple pattern design with a cute print and so easy to wear. The kind of top that you can throw on with some casual shorts or dress it up in the evening with skinny jeans and some pretty accessories. I adore this sleeve length and it makes a nice change from the tank style that is so popular … Not that I want to diss my beloved Wiksten Tanks!
With this said I was looking to recreate this style in some other pretty prints. Obviously I could have quite easily drafted the pattern straight from the top as there isn’t a great deal to it, but I decided to try one of my newer patterns for a very similar look. McCalls M6519 has a slightly higher neckline at the front and no panel on the back. I love the high neckline with this particular print because it looks as though the top has it’s own built in necklace … which is why I have named it the ‘Necklace Top’.
I will definitely be making this style again. The most difficult part about the top was having to make my own neck and arm binding. Not usually a super skilled task with my clover binding maker but with the silky rayon fabric this lot challenged me. I made twice as much as I needed and I am glad I did because it meant I could be selective and only use the nice straight bits 🙂