The “Not-the-90s-Anymore Bandana” Top
Fabric: old skirt Pattern: Simplicity 3835 (Built by Wendy)
Notions: 1/4″ elastic from stash
Time to complete: 3 hours, mostly because I had to stop and make bias tape for the seam finishing
First worn: for photos
Wear again: sure
Total cost: $0
When I found this Eddie Bauer skirt in my parents’ attic on my last visit, I was kind of horrified. I vaguely remember wearing it a lot at some point in the early nineties. To state the obvious, which I still find shocking, that’s twenty freaking years ago! The red bandana print still appeals to me, though, and there’s a lot of fabric there. I was thinking of a basic, not-a-t-shirt top, either Sorbetto (with short sleeves) or this Built by Wendy pattern, both of which I’ve made before. I’m thankful I could go with an easy, reliable pattern this week, since the past couple of weeks have been eventful sewing-wise. Which is great, but sometimes you just need to coast, you know?
I cut out the pattern so that I wouldn’t have to do any hemming– bonus! I left out the elastic at the sleeve openings since the hems were already there; there’s not ton of ease, and perhaps my upper arms are not so dainty (according to Colette Patterns, which I discovered in last week’s challenge), so that worked fine. This was such a quick sew, even for me, that I thought I’d try bias bound seams. They turned out less than perfectly, so I’m glad I practiced on this casual top that I’ll probably mostly wear around the house and in the summer when it’s stinking hot. Which it is not right now, not by a long shot.