Chambray Esme Top

I had some cheap chambray-like fabric lying around and I decided to try out the Esme Top from Sew Liberated. The construction of this top is very easy and fun. It didn’t take me very long to make it. I love the poofy sleeves and the band at the elbow.

Esme Top

 

Esme Top

I made a few modifications. I left off the buttons because I like the open collar look. I have to wear a cami underneath, but that’s fine. Also, I added a hem band because otherwise, this is a pretty short shirt. Short shirts aren’t really the most flattering on me (or anybody?). The picture on the pattern is deceiving because mine would have definitely finished at a higher level. Finally, this shirt is ROOMY! The shoulders, chest, and sleeves fit well, but the rest of it looked like a sack. After some Googling, I ended up adding faux back buttons to give it a more structured fit.

Esme Top

One more note – This did not take 2 1/2 yds for me. I’d say it took two, maybe a little less. I’d still buy the recommended amount, but plan on having extra so buy a fabric that you would use again. I ended up using some of the rest of the yoke for The Ruby Dress. I still have a good amount leftover that I put in a scrap bin.

  1. Van’s avatar

    Hey.. cool shirt.. just in the process of making this as well. How did you do the buttons in the back? I think the shirt will be way too big for me too so I wouldn’t mind trying your method out!

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    1. Lesley’s avatar

      Hi! I kind of made it up as I went because I couldn’t find any good tutorials. I basically created a box pleat and tacked it down with three buttons. I found the middle of the back and ironed a crease. Then I measured a certain number of inches out on each side of the middle line and made another crease. Then I folded the two side creases in to meet the middle and tacked it down with three buttons. Good luck!

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