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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Light as a feather: New Look 6303

This summer has been unbearably hot and humid and I wanted some tops that are as light as air, or a feather, or feel like you are wearing a whisper...get the drift?

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When I checked the blogsphere, this pattern has quite a few very positive ratings so I went for it!  

My fabric choice was what I describe as a very lightweight knit mesh print.  I've had it in my stash for a while now and was waiting for the courage to stitch it up.  After using so many techniques when I created a chiffon top I felt encouraged and just went for it!

This top is rather boxy which you can see from the pattern envelope and when I hold out the sides for you.  I don't mind the shape at all.  I would never want a fabric like this to be fitted or clingy.


My only deviations from the pattern design was to add 2 inches to the backside and also the sleeve hems.  I didn't necessarily want them full length but I do like what I will call 7/8th length or maybe that is referred to as bracelet length?  

Finishes for this blouse included a serger and a straight stitch on my regular machine.  I was really worried about the serger stitch showing through the front side, but since my fabric is busy, I don't notice the stitching too much, do you?  

Look how awesome the neckband turned out!  I did hand baste the edges before topstitching.  

Just make sure you refer to the pattern directions and pattern pieces as the seam allowances are not consistent throughout.  

I tried using clear elastic in the sleeves but it was too narrow and I didn't feel like driving to JoAnn's again.

I also like that the extra length covers my backside really well!

I even had a purple cami to wear underneath!

I love my new top!  Especially with white jeans.  You can see in the photo we are working on our landscaping and also my faithful dog, Lucy.  

Thanks for reading!


  1. This is soooooo cute! I love your fabric choice and the way it looks on you. I'm sure you will wear it happily.

    1. Thank you Carolyn! I think I will happily wear this too! ;)

  2. Very pretty top. It looks great with your white jeans.

  3. Nice job with the mesh! I never know what to do with mesh. Very pretty!