When I think of brocade, the first thing that normally comes to mind is cooler temps. Then in comes this beautiful brocade from moodfabrics.com . It’s medium weight, easy to sew and best of all non fraying. Both sides are usable and if you take a close look at the pictures you can see I used the right side of the fabric for the top and the wrong side for the shorts. Because I’m on a shorts kick lately, I knew I wanted a simple pair of shorts and a more interesting top.
-Removed 32″ from the length of the pattern
-Added a 3.5″ waist band
-Removed the back pocket flaps
The top was made using vintage Butterick 4942 view A with the following alterations:
-Used the front as the back and the back as the front
-Faced the entire bodice
-Added a pleated 100’L x 9″ w piece of fabric to the bottom of the front and back of the top to create a peplum
-Finished the top by serging with red and white thread
NOTE: This top pattern is designed for stretch fabric only so if your not using a stretch make sure you cut a couple of sizes larger and add darts or prepare for a tedious fitting session. If you plan to wear the criss cross in the back, I would recommend adding a side zipper.