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Polka Dot Flyaway Top

Added Apr 7, 2014

by slmnstyle

Portland, Oregon...






I made this silk georgette top from Simplicity 1589 Learn To Sew pattern. Even though I am a very good sewer, sometimes it’s the simple things that bring fast results and little joys, and this top is a great example of that.

The silk is a lovely dot print I purchased at Fabric Depot in Portland, Oregon. I discovered that this is actually Milly designer fabric as printed on the selvedge, so that made me even happier! Love designer fabric, makes the project that much more special!

It only took about 3 hours to make this top. It features a high/low dipped back hem and a crossed over, open back design. I changed the hem on the back pattern piece by drawing a curve from the side seam to the end of the back instead of the straight across, uneven side seam edge that was included on the pattern, like and “L” shape. I like high/low hems, just more curved ones and not so abrupt shaped like the pattern has. I love the open back, it is a cool feature and very “airy” looking, reminds me of a BCBG type of design. This pattern could be modified many ways, and even made to be worn backwards!

Word of warning: This top is quite low in the armholes, at the neckline, and the open, flyaway, crossover back design will expose a good deal of skin if the wind blew or with just regular movement, so a camisole or other type of under top would be best for this top. Also, my fabric is a bit sheer, so I will need to wear something under it for sure.

It is a very pretty and simple top, and only took me a few hours to make, french seams and all! I have seen little silk tank tops, with less design interest than this one, going for sale in boutiques for $100.00 and much more!

I think I need to make some cute off-white capri pants or shorts to wear with this top. Perfect outfit for a summer day!

More about it on my blog “Ode to Sew” http://odetosew.com/2014/04/08/silk-dot-flyaway-tank-top/.

Material Notes

Milly Silk Georgette




Garment Type
Bohemian, Casual
Chiffon, Silk

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    Apr 14, 2014, 01.04 PMby Cleetus

    Nicely done! I live in Portland but I must say the Fabric Depot is very expensive. I wish I knew of some.reasonable stores.. Anyway, you have you have great taste.

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      Apr 14, 2014, 04.32 PMby slmnstyle

      I agree about Fabric Depot, but I try to shop there during the sales and using the coupons I get from them. I also like Mill End, but they can be pricey too, but also take competitors coupons :) Thanks for the compliment!

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    Apr 10, 2014, 09.28 PMby splendarose

    Beautiful !!! Love the fabric and the hem line. Thanks for sharing those wonderful redesign tips. Much appreciated !!!

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    • Swirlblouse1_large

      Apr 14, 2014, 04.30 PMby slmnstyle

      Thank you! I love to use patterns, adjusting them to my liking, as most of the work is done but I get what I out of them.

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    Apr 7, 2014, 07.05 PMby Helen Schneider

    This looks perfect for the summer! I love the design and your choice of fabric, and I agree with you on the less abruptly curved hems :)

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    • Swirlblouse1_large

      Apr 7, 2014, 10.08 PMby slmnstyle

      Thank you Helen! It was a fun, fast and easy sewing project with nice results :)

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    Apr 7, 2014, 07.08 AMby liliv-1

    It’s very stylish!

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    • Swirlblouse1_large

      Apr 7, 2014, 03.01 PMby slmnstyle

      Thank you!

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    Apr 7, 2014, 05.22 AMby Mary Athey

    Gorgeous top and what lovely fabric. I agree white capris or shorts would look great with this. X

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    • Swirlblouse1_large

      Apr 7, 2014, 03.01 PMby slmnstyle

      Thanks Mary! Can’t wait for summer to wear it with white, but for now, jeans are great with it too!

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    Apr 7, 2014, 02.29 AMby schnui

    This is a gorgeous top and although very easy to make, you will probably live in it over summer. A pair of white Capri’s would be a perfect match.

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    • Swirlblouse1_large

      Apr 7, 2014, 04.54 AMby slmnstyle

      Thank you! I look forward to wearing it on a hot day!

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