I’ve been feeling pretty uninspired (or lazy?) in terms of sewing lately. Maybe I am preoccupied by other things? Running, Orange is the New Black, avoiding housework. Hmm…or maybe sometimes I just need a simple project to get me back into the groove. I decided I needed to beef up my summer wardrobe a bit and thought whipping up a few tanks would be perfect. One of my favorite free patterns is the Polly top by By Hand London. I made it last year too. My favorite part? No darts. Not that darts are really that intimidating- but having to often worry about the placement of them when you’ve got a big chest can be a pain. The Polly top is super simple to put together, simply by easing in the front center panel alleviates the need for darts and offers up a really nice and quick top. With its pull on design and opportunity to do a contrasting fabric it is super quick and gives you a chance to use smaller bits of fabric for the accent.
I picked up this sweet retro floral quilting fabric a week or so ago and paired it with a light denim to make this top. The neckline and armholes are done with a store bought bias tape. I used the largest size (same as my version last year), but given that I’ve lost about 10lbs recently I think I need to cut a size down next time- I can really see it billowing out in a few of these pics and I think it would be more flattering if it were more fitted. My measurements don’t really indicate that I should use a smaller size by their measures…but this seems to have a great deal of ease.
For now though, it is comfortable, effortless and keeps me cool in the horribly humid weather we’ve been having these days! Not aiming for perfection I had my 8 year old shoot these from the least becoming angle possible from down below…oh well!