I first made New Look 6225 last summer, in a lightweight cotton lawn. I have actually worn the first version of this top quite a lot. I like the longer length and the comfortable fit.
Some of you may recognise this floral print silk charmeuse from my Vogue 8998 dress. Interestingly enough, I STILL have not had an occassion to wear this dress. Sigh. Maybe for my birthday this year? Anyway, I had just enough left of the silk to cut the front panel and the back, although I had to add a centre back seam to facilitate this. I did not even consider print matching. The sleeves and bias neck band are cut from black silk charmeuse.
I did not realise how hard it is get a nice finish on a silk charmeuse bias band. I unpicked the first attempt and tried a second time (probably resulting in some stretching of the band), but I have to live with it. I love the feel and the print of the silk too much for this to be a wadder.
The only change I made to this version was to move the bust darts back to their original position (in the first version I had moved them down far too much) and I used the instructions from the True Bias Sutton Blouse to finish the side seams and hems. All the seams were french seamed, but the side seams were finished on my overlocker.
Despite the neck band I love this top. Throw it on over a pair of jeans and I feel dressed up enough to go out for an evening meal or drinks. I am also planning on sewing a midi length satin skirt soon and I think it will be great tucked in to that too. Once I have had enough cocktails I won’t care about the neck. Hic.