Style Arc: Holiday with Brooklyn

When shopping for the stretch velvet, I couldn’t decide between the yellow flowers and these peony looking purple ones.  A black Friday sale sealed the deal, and I opted for both.  Indecisive?  Me?  Never!

This is a stretch velvet, which has a more casual feel.  the embroidered sections are thick, but malleable, which made sewing on the serger a viable option.  Careful sewing, but on the serger just the same.

Similar to the Kwik Sew pattern, I used a black ponte knit for the cowl and cuffs.  There are pocketses too.  A girl needs her pocketses.

Again, I thought I would have this done before the year end holidays, and that didn’t happen.  Why?  I couldn’t decide how to hem the darn thing!  A simple turn-under hem would mean the wrong-way nap would be hitting the back of my legs, causing the top to ride up. No thank you.  In the end, I stitched a band of tricot knit to the bottom, and used that as a hem facing.  Seams to have worked pretty well (pun intended).


Hot Patterns: Tailored T

This time sewn with some of the alterations I needed from the original.   Center front and back pieces have 1″ take out.  I think I need to reduce the side panel a bit as well.

The print is the last of the brushed knit from Out of my MindDesigns. There was nary a strip left.

While there is no actual brown in the print, the side panels meld harmoniously into the color palette.

Simple sewing, all on the serger, with the cover stitch to hem.

Vogue 8597: The Last … for now

I think this will be the last of the Vogue cowl necks for a while.  I have 3 new ones in winter rotation, and I must admit they are coming in quite handy.  The temps here in Sierraville are in the 20s and 30s, which means combining this top with a cardigan goes a long way to keeping yours truly toasty.

I did a neckline lining again using the lime green knit.  It adds a nice pop of color, and picks up the green in the print. The fabric is a brushed knit, from Out of my MindDesigns which is a new independent fabric store in town.  They’re a little difficult to find (industrial business park setting) but the big yellow FABRIC sign gives them away.  Worth checking out.

Vogue 8597: Again!

Another rendition of the Vogue top.  This pattern is so comfortable!  Especially when made in a brushed knit.  Having spent two decades in Cactusville, I couldn’t resist the the cacti.

Rather than hem the cowl, I tried something different. Adding a contrasting fabric to line it.  The lime green peeks out a little bit when worn.  For now, the lining only anchored at the rear cowl seam.  I will have to anchor it in a couple more places for it to lie smoothly.

HotPatterns: Riviera Cote D’Azure Too

There was enough of the brushed knit left over from Vogue 8597 to make one more top.  Imagine that!

This one is the sleeveless version of the HotPatterns Riviera Cote D’Azure top.

Since I’ve made this one a couple times, the sewing was relatively simple.  Only real tweaks were adjusting the v neck so it wasn’t too low and lay flat.  But then, I always have to do that on this top.

It will be a while (as in next year Spring) before this top is worn, but that’s OK.  I’ll have something new to look forward to when the weather warms up.

Vogue 8597

One of my TnT patterns, made up in more of the swoonfully delicious brushed poly knit.

Since I’ve made the top before, it was simple sewing, some on the serger and some with straight stitching.

There’s a seam down the outside of the sleeve that I always straight stitch, as I don’t like the extra bulk from serging.

The cowl neck is most welcome with the cooler weather.

Hot Patterns: Tailored T

Yes, tis true, the weather is getting cooler here.  That said, this top was made a while back and is just now percolating to the top of the blog.

This is my fitting muslin, if you will, made from some lovely brushed poly knit.  Let me tell you, this fabric feels soooo wonderful – both to the hand and to the bod.

About the pattern:  overall, I like it, though on me it does run big.  And as a friend said to me “A t-shirt with darts?  You have darts?”  Yes, there are small fitting darts.

The yellow side part does not have a seam, so it joins front to back.  Not the best way to fit things, hence there’s a seam straight down the middle of both the front and back to make the top wearable.  I took in an inch with each one.

Rather than try a baby hem on the sleeves, I doubled them up with the yellow, so they are heavier, and the yellow pokes out the bottom.

Future changes?  I may take some width out of the sides as well, and work on the dart placement.  It’s not quite right, though with a knit the pointies are not obvious.  Or maybe remove it all together, as I am not so well endowed as to need darts.

While the top is currently out of rotation (see comment on weather above) it will get a lot of use next year.