It feels like summer is easing in early this year; time to stitch up some new tops and skirts to accommodate the warmer weather.
This 'summer smock' was something I just finished. A lesson on tucks. Although it didn't really start out that way. I decided to insert a tucked panel, AFTER I cut this out. Yes, it was an afterthought. One that actually worked out! I started with an older pattern, one I've made many times, mostly out of linen or chambray. I like this top because it 's casual and loose; comfortable for around the house and working in the yard.
Here's the pattern. Which now looks nothing like what I ended up with, but the back is the same. I also shortened the sleeves to 3/4" length, because I don't like to keep pushing them up while I'm working. For the neckline, I cut out a square self-faced yoke and stitched it over the top of the tucked portion. Somehow, it all went together beautifully.
Please excuse my figure model, she is easier to photograph than I am. I forgot to make allowances for the shoulders. Mine are not quite so "impressive", so this is a tad wide at the neckline. Making notes for next time, because I see more of these in my future.