I am so excited to share today about my VERY FAVORITE shirt! It’s the The Summer Day Top!!!
For real y’all this pattern is GOLD!! Dana of MadeEveryday did an awesome job on creating truly the most comfortable, flattering top!!
The name is even perfect because it has been my staple during this hot Albuquerque summer! I find myself always wanting to grab it when getting ready because it’s so darn comfortable and I feel amazing in it. I can easily dress it up with some jewelry and heels or can dress it down in shorts and flip flops while I rock the mom bun!
For my Summer Day Top I used an Art Gallery rayon by one of my favorite designers Bonnie Christine. This print is from her fabric collection Gathered and I couldn’t be more in love with the quality of the fabric, the color is to die for, and the print… GORGEOUS!!! If you have never used an Art Gallery rayon then you need to make it happen for your next sewing project (Ehhh maybe a Summer Day Top?!? *wink wink*) it is like butter in your hands.
I ended up sizing down to a size 4 for my top even though I was measuring for a size 6. I feel like the pattern runs slightly larger since it is not fitted and meant to be loose and flowy. I felt the 6 looked too oversize hence the size change (totally preference though).
**I tend to make the size I measure for on the sizing chart first and then adjust with my next one if its something I know I want more of. I had already made one before well 2 before (surprise surprise) so I knew I wanted to size down.
A few tricks that I have learned sewing with rayon that I have found helpful:
♥Use a mini rotary cutter like this Fiskers one you will get smooth lines that scissors won’t give you since rayon is so slippery
♥Use extra large metal washers instead of pins for pattern weights. This way you won’t accidentally snag the fabric since it’s so delicate. I found mine at the hardware store.
♥I find serging the raw edges before hemming is helpful to get a smooth line to work off of for my hems. I love my Bernina serger!
♥I also found that if I use the rayon fabric for my bias tape (which this pattern calls for) instead of purchasing pre-made bias tape from the big box stores, the neck line and the arm holes will lay flatter and be more flowy since the pre-made stuff is pretty stiff. It’s more work sure, but the pay off is so much better!
This pattern is great for a beginner-intermediate sewist. The directions are clearly written and it has step-by-step pictures of what to do next.
The skills you will learn (or practice) as you sew your Summer Day Top are:
♥Making Bias tape
♥Finishing a hem with bias tape
♥Making a fabric gathered ruffle
I hope you love your Summer Day Top as much as I love mine!