Electric Summer

Theme: Electric Summer
Simplicity 1426; Balconette halter with button back

Hi Everyone!! Hope you all are enjoying your 4th of July weekend. I definitely am. :) I'm in Ohio for the weekend spending time with my loved ones. In a future "travel" post, I'll share pics and details about my trip to Ohio. This post is just to tell you a little bit about the bra top I made for the Pretty Girls Sew (PGS) June Sew-Along.

Moving on, for the month of June, PGS didn't really choose a pattern for the sew along. We were just asked to create something for the summer... but because I was mourning the loss of my dad, I didn't sew anything nor look at my sewing machine for like 3 weeks, so I wasn't planning on participating in PGS sew-along. Then one day I remembered how much joy and peace I found in sewing.. When I sew, I'm in my "happy place" and it's like I'm in my own little world. Anyway, I dust off my sewing machine and made a Red Skirt for my sister's baby shower, and just like that, I was back in my sewing mode. This is when I decided to make something for the PGS June sew-along. 

I actually started this bra top about 2 months ago, but I never finished it.. (my little secret) lol. I only made it because I wanted something cute to go with the Tulle Skirt I made last month.  I really wasn't planning on wearing it. I made it just so that I can take the picture below for the PGS May Sew-Along promo. Anyway, I decided to finish it and make a gathered skirt to complete the look.

Pattern Review (Simplicity 1426; view C)

Description: Misses' vintage bra tops are a flirty way to pull off a retro look. Make a faux wrap halter, ruched with cross back, balconette halter or strapless with button back or a bandeau. Wear alone or under tops when bra is meant to be seen!

Fabric Used: Akara / Wax Print.. purchased from Obokun African Fabric and Design.

Were the Instructions easy to follow?  Yes, I think they are, but I wouldn't recommend the pattern for beginners.

Likes or Dislikes about the Pattern: Love that there are different variations of the bra tops. Also loved that the view I made can be worn as an halter top or strapless.

Pattern Alterations or Design Changes made: None. But if I ever make it again, I'll add a couple of inches to the bottom of the bra top.

Would you Sew it again? I might make another version/view...

Thank you for stopping by. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.


  1. This is definitely one of my favorite looks from you. I love everything about it. I even love that you through over that light sweater (and not just because it's my fav color..LOL!) You are such an inspiration. Thank you for sharing your talent!

  2. "Electric summer" sounds about right! I love it! So chic! I'm glad you were able to complete it he outfit with your love for sewing. You're talented. Keep it up!

  3. That outfit is sooooo cute. So glad I found your blog.

  4. What an outfit! The geometry and construction is great. I've been looking for a "bralette" top pattern, and this is just perfect. Definitely one to try for the summer. Thanks for posting, Ye!

  5. Just the right amount of skin for a crop top, it looks great!

    1. Lol I know.. Thanks! This whole look was so out of my element, but I made it work.

  6. oooh I want that outfit! Great job!!! Added to my post-baby to-do list lol.


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