After having made two Kwik Sew 3891 Batwing tops that I *love*, I remembered that I made this batwing-like top over the summer, hoping to look like the lovely lady on the pattern envelope, casually posing with her bicycle.
This is McCalls 6704. There are 3 variations of this top, all of which are basically a tank top with a sheer batwing or poncho-like overlay. I specifically purchased a sheer from Colorado Fabrics for this top. And now that I’ve worked with a few sheers, I’m realizing that the better quality sheers (such as those purchased from Colorado Fabrics) don’t fall apart as easily as some of the “value” sheers I’ve purchased in the past. I need to remember this.
Even with this better fabric, hemming the overlay was still difficult. But I managed to hem the fabric without having to resort to overlocking it first. It made a nicer hem than I’m used to. Stitching the neckband onto the overlay and the tank top was also somewhat difficult with the slippery sheer. I hand stitched the neckband down instead of machine stitching it. I felt I had better control over the outcome doing it this way.
The tank top underneath was made with some stretchy polyester I had in my stash.
Overall, the top is really lovely! The neckline is really way too low for me, but it works great over a turtleneck. I may wear this top during the hot months in a casual environment and more often in the colder months with the turtleneck.