I know we are in the middle of winter now but I’m doing some forward planning for my summer wardrobe and so I put my hand up to test* the India camisole (**affiliate link) as it had a nice bodice detail which also serves as a potential modesty panel.
The India camisole is cut in the bias so it’s a bit more forgiving but also means that it is best suited to light weight fabrics to give the flowy, gentle and feminine effect. The potential to make not only a fancy version for a night out, a casual everyday version or as a bedtime camisole is endless.
Because I actually wasn’t sure what I would pair this top with or if it would be a dressy or casual version, I went with some in between fabric that could serve both purposes. It’s a pink gorgeous garden printed rayon (100% rayon), although was a bit of a pain to work with. I did stay stitch my neckline as per the instructions but my pattern markings still didn’t line up perfectly. I guess when making things that are cut on the bias there is always the possibility that they can stretch out and some other testers didn’t seem to have this problem depending on fabric type. Regardless I got through it in the end. I will admit I had a head scratching moment when it came to the neckline detail but it does come together neatly, just make sure to follow the pattern markings and maybe make a mock up first.
I made a straight size 12 (42) without any pattern alterations. The side seams are finished with french seams and there is a pattern piece to make the bias binding that also becomes the straps or you can use pre-made bias if preferred. I guess if using a light weight fabric however you want to ensure your bias weight matches. I placed the straps as suggested on the pattern piece but shortened them to the length I felt comfortable. I also finished the hem as per the instructions and didn’t shorten the top as all.
The darts in the bodice seem to be in the right place for me but again this is why a muslin is key when sewing as you don’t want things pointing in the wrong directions. I must admit though, personally I feel a bit exposed in this top, especially if bending forward and have decided that a bandeau style top underneath would probably make me feel more comfortable. I just need to find one with cups for support or make my own.
The India Camisole is on sale for $ 8.50 (reg. $10.00) up until Friday, July 17th, 2020.
I am eagerly awaiting summer now to show off my summer makes. I have also discovered a few UFO’s that have short sleeves so you may see some more seasonally inappropriate items coming up. I’m really trying to clear out my UFO pile as some things in there I’m actually excited about.
*The pattern was provided to me free of charge for testing but all opinions expressed are my own and I received a copy of the finalised pattern for taking part.
**This post contains affiliate links to Wardrobe by Me Patterns