I used to have a friend whose internet handle was Josephine.  We lost touch one day. I wonder what’s become of her…

Anyway, that old friend isn’t the Josephine from the post title.  That Josephine is from Made by Rae.  I’ve been wanting a simple top like that for a while.  Pin tucks down the front, side vents, and a slit in the neck (that would be view C).  In white linen, it’s exactly right for Summer.  So I bought the pattern and made it up.

It’s really easy and quick with two different fronts depending on your cup size (one pattern piece for A/B and one for C/D).  I measured myself and of course.  Between sizes.  I picked the larger one with the C/D bust.  I think I could have gotten away with the smaller size combined with the C/D.  According to the sizing chart, I’m just into C territory.  I bet I’m more of a B on some days…  I guess that’s why patterns usually fit me with minimal alterations…

Once I’d made up the top, I tried it on and it felt a little loosy-goosy in the waist.  I pinched it in the back and asked Mr. Mouse for his thoughts.  He agreed.  Since the linen was a little bit sheer, I didn’t want to add the elastic casing from view B.  I decided to do some shirring instead. I’ve had the elastic thread for ages and hadn’t tried shirring.  Scared?  Of course, I’m always afraid of new to me techniques!  But I did it and it was easy.  I did 7 lines in the back, 1/4″ apart.  I could have done more but I decided to stop when my bobbin ran out.

And the shirring worked out so well!  Now, the top has a little more shape to it so it’s more flattering.  And it’s still easy to pull on thanks to the elastic.  Per-fect.  I still think I could get away with the smaller size though.  I’m thinking some pretty interweave chambray…

Creative mommy at home to two wonderful little girls, trying to juggle family, sewing, exercise, family, knitting, photography, and did I mention family?

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4 comments on “Josephine
  1. machinegunmama says:

    Shirring is for sure scary! I’ve never had the courage (or reason?) to try it, good for you 🙂 it’s very pretty!


  2. The shirring really makes it look great!


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