Hello! I'm Suzannah, a serious DIYer. Follow along with my DIY fixer upper house renovations, sewing and crafty projects, real food recipes, and de-stressing goals.
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Mom to Otto born April 2018 and Lucy born August 2020!

More gingham! Simple black and white top

I just can't quit you, gingham!!

I've made two fabulous black and white checkered dresses this summer (this ruffled one and this fitted one) and I love them both SO much! They are both on my all-time fave DIYs list! I had some extra fabric from the larger buffalo check one, and have also been loving loose, simple tops this summer... so I made very efficient use of it and whipped up this top!

I used the dress and romper pattern Simplicity 1355 as a starting point. I've used several times before (see them here), even as a top (this striped one from last year) so I knew it would be easy!

I wanted it to be a little shorter than the one I made last year, and slimmer fitting. I also thought a contrasting tie (rather than self-fabric as the pattern calls for) would be cuter with this bold check!

It was so fun to wear with white jeans and my fave comfy espadrilles!

I love it as a summer look, and I think I may need to buy some more gingham (maybe a different color?) for some fall pieces in the next couple months! Until then I will be rocking my white jeans and summery pieces as long as I can!

Pattern: Simplicity 1355 (see my other uses of it here)

  • Made it as a top (lengthened bodice, but not too much
  • Made it more tightly fitting
  • Used a cord instead of making a self-fabric tie
  • Cut the v-neck deeper and did it on the fold instead of a center front seam

Shop the look below! This is a great time of year to buy espadrilles and they are so comfy and versatile!

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