Summer Layers

At the beginning of each season, I find it helpful to define my look for that season.  That way, on those days when I wake up in the morning and am tempted to put on a tracksuit because I can’t be bothered to put together an outfit, I can think about my predefined look and come up with something presentable within those parameters.  

One look that I keep going back to is layers.  I just love wearing lots of clothes at the same time.  This can present a problem in, say, summertime in the northeastern US, where ANY clothes at all can be too much.  For this summer, I’ve decided to try some lightweight layers as a basis for my summer uniform.  To that end, I just made some silk organza sleeveless tops to layer over tank tops or under sundresses.  I made a top similar to these years ago, and have worn it so much that it had to be retired.  

I started from scratch with the pattern, eliminating side seams and making a sort of bias tube with the seams on the straight grain, but the garment on the bias.  That’s why the seams appear to be going every which way.

This is the front of the blue top.  It is reversible from royal to navy.  Technically, they are all reversible, but the white and burgundy ones are the same on both sides.

This is the back of the blue top.  

White top, front and back

Burgundy top, back and front



  1. Posted April 5, 2010 at 9:13 pm | Permalink | Reply

    These tops look awesome!

  2. Posted April 5, 2010 at 9:13 pm | Permalink | Reply

    You always come up with something wonderfully original. Love them. Finding a good summer style in the heat is a bit of a challenge that's for sure. It's much easier when you are younger and showing more skin is attractive!

  3. Posted April 5, 2010 at 9:26 pm | Permalink | Reply

    The look great! And I can imagine they are perfect for a hot summers day.

  4. Posted April 5, 2010 at 9:49 pm | Permalink | Reply

    wow! This is so unique with it's bias seaming. It will be perfect for the summer.

  5. Posted April 5, 2010 at 10:04 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I said it before when you showed us the crinkle dress – I love this concept. I see you do too! Curious, how did you finish the arm & neck openings? French seams?

  6. Posted April 6, 2010 at 12:14 am | Permalink | Reply

    Neat. I'm interested in how you combine these tops with outfits. I really think silk organza might be interesting to try and work with.

  7. Posted April 6, 2010 at 12:59 am | Permalink | Reply

    Absolutely intriguing!

  8. Posted April 6, 2010 at 1:17 am | Permalink | Reply

    Such an interesting use of silk organza and bias. It's fun just to look at the tops, with the seams going every which way, as you say.Kathryn

  9. Posted April 6, 2010 at 2:39 am | Permalink | Reply

    Very interesting and unique. And you have the perfect figure for them.

  10. Posted April 6, 2010 at 11:00 am | Permalink | Reply

    Beautiful and interesting. I have great difficulty in imagining you wearing a tracksuit.

  11. Posted April 6, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Interesting! I love the seaming going around the body. I'd love to see how you style them.

  12. Posted April 6, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I love your style and blog – those tops are fantastic!

  13. Posted April 6, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Permalink | Reply

    What a wonderful use for silk organza and the bias placement and the interest added by the seams is really cool. They look like they will be great for the summer heat.

  14. Posted April 7, 2010 at 3:10 am | Permalink | Reply

    I am always so blown away by your vision and your projects. Your wardrobe is so stylish and beautiful.

  15. Posted April 7, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Love those tops. I would love to see thme a little more clearly. I was just sayng to myself, " it is hard to look good in summer clothes. They just don't lend themselves to sophisticated looks." I live in La Paz Baja California where it is summer all the time and in the "summer" months it is hell.Please visit my new blog http://www.susansewsdaily.blogspot.comYours is a very nice blog!

  16. Posted April 10, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I love the idea of a seasonal uniform!

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