Flora flaunts The Good Stuff
Last year (was it really last year, as in 2011?) I made a resolution to “cut into the good stuff”. Cant’ say that happened often, but I think this top counts, as I did cut it out in 2011. The last week of, but hey, it still counts, right? This is Hot Patterns Plain & Simple T in the bauteau neck style. I believe Trudy & Jeremy have recently re-issued this pattern, making a few tweaks to the fit and length. I have the first edition. A First Edition Pattern. Amazing!
Since I’ve made this pattern before, there’s not much to say about the fit. It does. With such unusual fabric, a simple silhouette was called for. 3/4 sleeves, so I can add jewelry if desired.
The fabric is a really cool quasi-deconstructed knit from Mood. You know the place – where the childish and arrogant of Project Runway shop. Anyway, the fabric is two separate knits that are tacked together, then by some process (chemical, I think) the outer layer has been removed. It is very easy to sew, and feels quite soft on the skin. Cotton / rayon perhaps?
I did toss it in the wash before cutting out, to allow for shrinkage. This created some number of tails that needed to be snipped off, lest I look like leftover streamers from a New Year’s Eve party. Simple enough to do, and it also meant I could customize the fabric a little bit more. I have no idea if the fabric will continue to degrade with successive washings, but that’s part of the fun!