I LOVE this pattern - the Lou Box Top by Sew DIY. I made one the other day in the gaps between the washing and cooking and my goodness it's simple. In the original Simple Sewing 101 - Tops post I gave you my six step program to building your simple sewing skills. Step 2 was the simplest garment. My suggestion was a woven version of the free Hemlock Tee by Grainline. The Lou Box Top is the same stage of sewing. Super dooper simple.
Now you all know I love my Hemlocks but The Lou Box is something else. It has this really neat shoulder shaping that just adds a little zing. Simple zing but zing none the less. And the shape falls beautifully, especially in the linen. I was originally inspired to make one because of this lovely specimen but now that I've made one myself I'm already planning about 4 more.
The plan for the next one is to use a fabric I've been saving (hoarding) for the perfect project. I have some of the linen that I used in this quilt left. It's going to be lovely. The only thing I'll change is the neckline. I already hacked it a little with this version but next time I'm thinking of doing a hack - a Lou Box with a Wiksten Tank neckline raised by an inch or so. I love the scoop of the Wiksten and as it stands the Lou Box is showing just a little too much boob for the school run. In my part of town anyway.
Let me walk you through how simple this thing is to put together and then I'll sign out because there really isn't anything more to say..
- Two pieces - a front and a back. If you use the larger neckline then you don't need the split in back of the neck. So a front and a back. Can't get simpler than that.
- Sew together your shoulder seams and your side seams.
- Finish your seams - I just used a zigzag. Nothin' fancy here.
- Hem the bottom and the sleeves using my super hem trick.
- Bind the neck using Jenn's binding tutorial for perfect binding.
Make a Lou Box. You know you want to!