I’ve been really into boxy and flowing tops this year… but as we head back into the school year, I felt like maybe I should make a few more polished items. I’ve been obsessing about sewing neckline keyholes lately, so I combined the two goals into one top!
The pattern is one of my all-time favourites: the Comino Cap dress. Seriously, this has been the pattern that keeps on giving: I’ve used the dress as-is, the bodice with other skirts, the skirt with other bodices, the t-shirt pattern, and now, a short version of the dress as a peplum blouse.
The fabric is so pretty, isn’t it? I love a floral on a dark background. It’s an ITY, which worked against me a bit… My neck and sleeve bands came out a bit tight, which is gathering the shirt up and making the waist sit higher. Truth be told, It’s probably time to reprint the pattern and cut a bigger size – my pattern is labelled with little prompts to cut on the fly, like “add 1 inch here!” That said, it’s totally wearable like this, so I’m not going to fret too much! In a rayon, the size is just right.
The keyhole is low-tech: I used a scrap of fabric as a facing, and freehand sewed a shape I thought would work. It’s trimmed and topstitched, and that’s it! I serged the neckband as normal, pinning either side of the keyhole to get the right spacing. I handstitched the serged seam allowance up towards the neckband so it wouldn’t show through the keyhole. Super simple!
Oh, and the pants? Jeggings that I made before jeggings was a word! They are Espresso leggings sewn in a stretchy twill sewn in 2014. I know sometimes on blogs we see things when they are new and never again, so I’m trying to mix in some older stuff I still wear.
I’m really pleased how well this dress pattern works as a blouse – I wonder what other TNT dresses are just waiting to be shortened?