Tuesday night was Taylor’s open house for school – and I managed to finish my Simplicity kimono inspired top just in time (a photo has been posted on the sidebar, but if you’re wanting a larger photo to check out details more closely, click here)!
Unfortunately, I had to help run the PTO table (I’m co-president this year) and the sleeves seemed like they would just get in the way plus it was just too muggy and warm outside (and I needed shorter sleeves so I could stay cool), so I opted for the Jalie Crossover Top instead.
So in a nutshell, what do I think of this top? I like it a lot! It’s fun and trendy, but not over the top. I think that the longer sleeves really bring out the kimono style to this top and I love how the lower half is so fitted! The neckline is a bit looser than what I would have liked (it could use some tacking down, just in case I bend over), especially if you compare it to the Jalie Crossover Top, but this could be in part due to the natue of the pattern – namely the wide dolman sleeves.
This was also my first time working with onionskin. The fabric is easy to work with, but tempermental when it comes to heat. It seemed like after pressing, then picking it up, it would leave a lump where I would handle it. It really needed to be pressed, cooled, then picked up.
As for if I’ll make this style again, well, probably not. Not because it’s a bad pattern, but only because it’s so distinctive. I’m not sure what to make next. I think that I’ll thumb though my fabrics and see what calls out to me.