With all of my patterns, I try out variations around the basic style, often influenced by the fabric I’m using. One of the most versatile sewing patterns is the Drawstring-neck Dress and Top; this is a style that can work in woven or jersey fabrications and can take on a very different look depending on the fabric choice.
In the photo above the dress has been made in a silk/viscose jersey, whereas below it is in linen from Rue Herold, this gives it a more casual feel.
I also like playing around with the length, you don’t have to stick to the top and dress lengths specified - any length in-between can create a great tunic.
In this tunic I have also simplified the sleeves by continuing the line of the side-seam in a subtle curve to the shoulder.
Then making the armhole just ample enough to accommodate the breadth of the arms.
For this summer I’m also going to be experimenting with a drawstring at the waist to create a peasant style top.
To do this make a small button hole at the centre front 3cm above the cut line of the top, then create a channel and thread through a drawstring and you are ready to go!