Taking inspiration from Cherie's recent Japanese Sewing Book Series I traced out a pattern from one of my books. I chose pattern A from Girls Lovely Clothes. A short sleeved t-shirt style top with a bow tied neckline.
I used a lightweight knit fabric. Very lightweight in fact. I had some trouble with the edges curling as I was trying to sew. I had to apply some interfacing to the neck binding as a result of this because the folds weren't staying as crisp as I needed them to be.
The pattern pieces are the same for two other patterns in the book so I traced out the biggest variation of the pieces and folded the lines back to cut out the pattern I wanted. I guess I will have to go back and make the others now I have done all the prep work!
This is the 120cm size and the fit is nice and roomy. I think on my other Japanese pattern attempt, I screwed up the seam allowance because it came up small. This time I made sure I was doing it right and I had no problems.
The little anchors made me feel all summery and happy and so staying with the nautical theme I pulled out a pair of Oliver and S Sailboat Pants and I think they make an outfit fit for seaside walks in the sunshine.
I really like the keyhole fastening at the back. It turns a normal looking top into something fancier.