This is about as 'instant' as you can get when it comes to instant gratification.
The back story. Last week, I went to my local Nordstrom and Nieman Marcus. As is usual, when I visit these retail paradises (or is it 'paradii'?), I come home with some goody ideas. This idea was one of them.
Lucky for me, I had Hot Patterns' "No Sweat Easy Sew Butterfly Top" in my inventory. (Thanks to Ann of Gorgeous things for suggesting this to me - since I'm 5 feet 9 inches tall, with broad shoulders, this is a great pattern for me.)
SO...I whipped out some sage/grey rayon lycra from Kashi of Metro (prewashed and dried in anticipation of times like this), traced this pattern (one size smaller than I normally wear) and got to it.
The instructions were easy. The only trouble I had was with the sleeve hems. I had decided to do a rolled hem with my serger, in lieu of a turned and stitched hem. No problem. The hard part was getting my serger set up. I usually leave the serger in the '3 thread seam overlock', but had to convert it, to 'three thread rolled hem'. That took an hour. A long frustrating hour. Even Midge the cat left the room due to the frustration in the air during that time. Other than that, you can see the results. Easy to sew. Easy to wear. Light and comfortable in the hot July/August weather in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Love this pattern! I really love it. I love LOVE LOVE it! LOVE IT! Do you understand? I really do LOVE this pattern. Really.