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!
I made this shirt last year at the Sew-In and never wore it. Why? Because the neckline somehow stretched out, and it sagged away from my body. Nothing bad, mind you – no gargantuan gaposis or exposed cleavage, but it was enough to always bother me. Don’t you hate it when those sewing gremlins muck things up?
First, I thought to salvage this top by running a bit of elastic through the neck band. I did that, but still didn’t wear it. While this solution worked to pull in the neckline, it also left what I considered unsightly gathers. It looked lumpy. Not the way it was supposed to look!
While leafing through a magazine at the local “Curl Up & Dye” I saw a similar top that had small exposed darts in the neck band. I swear everyone saw the lightbulb appear over my head. Eureka!
I wasn’t terribly keen on darts, per se, but I did like the idea of making the fix a design feature.
Design feature. I like. A nifty phrase that can be used to cover a myriad of goofs, oopsies or other momentary lapses in brain function.
I divided the neckband into 5 even sections, and stitched beads to the outside (the design feature part) as I took small 1/4 inch tucks. This took in the excess width, and looks pretty nifty to boot!
Result: A new top. Just in time for Sew-In 2010.