from Meh to Wearable
I tried wearing the New Look top/dress I made a while back several times. We were not feeling the love for each other. I decided that experiment outside my comfort zone (I am NOT a pink person) wasn’t working, but didn’t want to scrap all the effort that went into it either.
What to do? What to do?
I remember that Style Arc Lotti was a pieced top, and maybe I could morph the unloved dress into something new. This is the result.
There was enough patterned fabric in the dress to re-cut the top, blended with a bit of black knit from stash. I’m rather pleased with myself that I was able to use the hem I had already made on the New Look as well.
Finally, something I will wear!
The last(for a while) rendition of Avery is finished!
This was one of those endeavors that percolated for a while, then waited longer for fabric to arrive, then waited again for Ms. Mojo to return. It seemed to take forever, and I suppose it did.
Anyway, the first fabric was the floral print, which turned out to be way too sheer to use on it’s own. I thought to line it with a white lining until the idea of plain white morphed into spots, which lead to the under layer.
I lengthened the polka-dot under-layer about 1 1/2 inches, so it peeks out the bottom. The top and sleeves are a bright white rayon knit. No changes to the sewing, other than the two woven pieces are only connected at the top; they are free floating in the rest of the garment. This gives a nice swish to everything.
This top is an exercise in perseverance.
It’s my standard T pattern, the Hot Patterns Plain & Simple T, made with the boat neck option.
But that’s not how it started life. Oh no! It was supposed to be something quite different! That being an asymmetrically hemmed tunic.
I mean, a tunic. A long top. How hard could it be? Well, as you can tell, more difficult that I expected. I used the basic T pattern for the top, the widened the bottom, thinking that’s all I needed to do. Nope!
This fabric is clingier, which meant that rather than skimming the lumps & bumps, it snugged tight, showing off everything we women of a certain age don’t want shown.
I put it aside. Waited. Waited. Waited. There was no way to add more width at the bottom. The fabric was going to stretch how it stretched; couldn’t do anything about that. In the end, I lopped off the length, took in the sides a bit more and now have a top.
I’m glad I kept at it. It’s a nice t-shirt. I still have tunics tinkering in the back of my mind.
Another rendition of KS 6358, which I am finding very comfortable to wear these days.
I made one pattern hack this time ’round and doubled the front, so instead of their being a turn-under facing at the neckline, it is self-lined throughout. This has proved to be a very nice modification.
I also changed the way I sew it, using a taco roll / hidden shirt yoke method to attach the front and back together. This gives a clean finish on the inside. I have no idea why I didn’t think of this the first time I made it, but there you go. Sometimes one’s skills take a while to return. Maybe they’re like mojo?
The fabric is part of the Nicole Miller line carried by Joann’s. I picked it up during one of their 50% off sales and used an additional coupon. That’s about the only time I purchase the Nicole Miller fabric.
First off, the sleeves on this are not red. They are a very, very hot pink. Not quite neon, but close.
Secondly, I consider this one of my more mojo-less makes. I like the ponte fabric of the body well enough – kind of retro. The pink sleeves were an attempt to get out of my comfort zone.
In this case, I should have stayed there, and not been so adventurous.
Oddly, the pattern actually fit pretty well. It’s just not speaking to me. I wore it once, with leggings. Right now it’s in the “what to do” pile. Do I keep it, and refashion the ponte into something else? Or donate it?
I liked the pattern, which fit well enough. The cut in sleeves are a different take on a classic T-shirt look. Different enough, but not over the top. But, am I likely to make it again? No idea.
A resounding Meh…
I was online during the holidays looking at patterns. Everyone seems to have something on sale, and the Big Four pattern companies were no exception.
Then something caught my eye.
The top on the right is part of the Fall/Winter collection on the Butterick web site. As a sewist, I find the line drawings to be more useful than either the photographs or the illustrations.
Which led to this conundrum:
Does anyone besides me see something off-kilter with views C and D?
The back shows a collar. The front has no collar. Where does it go?
Is this finally an example of the Amazing Disappearing Collar?
Has the last collar-no-collar pattern been captured by Butterick to grace their lookbook?
Did the proof reader have a little too much nog in their eggnog?
Maybe the illustrator was sipping hot buttered rum, without the hot butter?
I am tempted to get the pattern, just to see what is what…
Another Avery, completed just in time to muddle about the house during the holidays. I plan to wear this one with leggings, and probably an open cardigan over it, as it’s turned decidedly cold here of late.
Cold as in a high of 34. Positively nippy. But no snow!
The sleeves and yoke are a rayon/lycra knit, while the printed bottom is a woven rayon. Given I bought the two fabrics years apart, I think the color matching is pretty good. No zipper needed, since there’s plenty of stretch in the rayon to pull it over my head. I skipped the hem facings on this one as well, opting for a small rolled hem instead.