Style Arc: Pin-Up Kim

What can I say, I’m a sucker for unusual, novelty fabrics.  While browsing online this one caught my eye immediately!  It’s a light weight ITY knit.  The pin-up girl is printed directly down the center, surrounded with the polka-dot blobs (for want of a better description).

This unusual repeat required cutting out the Kim swing top in a single layer, which was fine, as the asymmetrical hem requires single layer cutting.  Gee, you’d think the two, pattern and fabric, were made for each other!  Perhaps they were.

The sewing was on the serger, very straight forward t-shirt construction.  What you can’t see from the photo is that Ms. Saucy Locks has red rhinestones decorating her attire.  Being the subdued person I am, I added more rhinestones, so she sparkles when she swings.

Now that the weather is warming up, the plan is to wear this with leggings and flats.  It will be the perfect top for Saturday errands.

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Lana, Repeat

IMG_2139I did so much tweaking on the first Lana top, I had to make another.  If only to see that I could (A) understand all my changes, (B) still have all seams, notches and markings line up and lastly, continue to have the pattern fit as expected.

Here’s the result: a resounding YES!  It fits much better than the original.  Everything lines up appropriately.  My notes were not as cryptic as I feared.  Whew!  What a relief!

Now, to the important, pressing question – why are the sleeves a solid color?  Nudge, nudge, wink wink answer – I ran out of fabric.  I’ve already made another top from this knit, and there was simply not enough left over for sleeves.  Creating an edging ties everything together, so my lack of fabric becomes a design feature.  Nifty, don’t you think?  Design feature.