My “Momiform” has changed over the years. I have years of photos of me in hoodies and yoga pants. YEARS!
In recent years I’ve realized that there are still so many ways that I can be comfortable, simple, and still look nice. And that has been my motivation in a lot of my recent sewing for myself. Getting dressed shouldn’t have to be this whole production. For busy women, we need something easy, comfortable and classy.
Part of feeling comfortable in my clothing is not having to pull, smooth, or be checking all the time to make sure I’m covered. After 5 kids my core isn’t as strong, or as flat as it once was, and having something that doesn’t accentuate that or hug all my extra curves.
I love that it’s a basic, and can be paired with anything. It’s also a simple silhouette which lends itself to a more sophisticated look. You get the ease and fullness without any gathers, ruffles, or pleats (Although you know I’m a super fan of pleats).
The design is super basic, and something that anyone could DIY.
It’s really just a loose t-shirt with contrasting bias binding.
- Trace a well fitting T-shirt (not form fitting)
- Add ease to the top (I added 1″ on the sides, 1/2″ at the shoulders, 1/2″ around the sleeve, and I lowered the arm scye by about 3/4″) and adjust the neckline, and length to your preference.
- Check your measurements so the sleeves will fit.
- Sew it up an bind with contrasting bias tape.
You can also use a well fitting woven top, to estimate the ease, and the bodice shapes.
I made this version out of a rayon challis. It’s not a natural fiber, but I just can’t escape the buttery softness and amazing drape of rayon.
Rayon is that fabric that dominated the fashion world of the 90’s with tops, skirts and dresses. We took a little break from it but now it’s back and better than ever.
I did attempt to add a white pocket but it looked absurd. So I scrapped that idea.
I really love this top and I’m on the market for some printed rayon, or silk to make some other versions.
What’s on your sewing table today?