Would you look at this cute top by Thread Theory Designs? This is the Camas Blouse. I didn't know Thread Theory made women's patterns.
I had what I think is just the right fabric for this top. This is a linen knit in a very pale green. If you've never sewn with a linen knit, they are wonderfully soft but you need to take a few precautions.
First of all, look how low the neckline is on this! I knew it would be low but I also knew that with the lightness of the fabric I'd wear a cami underneath.
This knit also gathered really well!
Both the front and back yokes are self lined. If your knit is super stretchy, you may want to consider adding a fusible, stretch interfacing. I did not. On every knit garment I make, I staystitch stay-tape just inside of the seam on the wrong side of the garment. This small step ensures I don't get anything to stretch out of shape.
I used steam-a-seam on the hems.
I also choose not to have functioning buttonholes. This went on and off easily so no need!
I used a rotary cutter when I cut this pattern out and carefully fused a high-quality interfacing to both sides of the bands prior to stitching on. No matter how careful I was, I still had an area or two where I just didn't have the same width so I used a quilting attachment. That is that bar thing you can see above. This ensured that when I stitched these bands on, I had an equal width everywhere around it. I simply love sewing tools!
Here you can see more of the front gathers. This is a great pattern. I hope you will try a new-to-you pattern company this summer!
Thanks for reading!