My makes of 2015: Open back top

This is the fifth instalment in my ‘Makes of 2015’ series, in which I’m shining the spotlight on my unsung makes of 2015 – you know, the ones I’ve been wearing so much that I’ve forgotten to shout about them! If you missed the last instalment you can find it here.Today I'm talking about a quick little open back top I made last summer, when it was so hot in our flat that a full t-shirt was just too much! I used the fabric remnants I had left over from my Mathilde blouse, which was a perfect weight for a light, summery project.


I self-drafted the pattern with the help of an existing vest-style top I already own (to get the neck and shoulders right), and then customised the back with a wide overlap and two buttons to join the neck at the back. The buttons are functional on this version, but the neck hole is actually wide enough that I never have to use them - I can just slip it over my head.




Here's what the front and back look like - I actually wore it quite a lot in winter too over a little black body con dress, so it's a top for all seasons!


Having said that, the week after I made the top the weather took a turn for the worse so I actually ended up wearing it like this for the rest of the summer:


Can you see the top? No? That's because it's hidden under three jumpers and a coat! Ah well, best laid plans....