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Style Arc: Lotti

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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!

Style Arc: Avery Spotted

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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.

HotPatterns: Plain & Simple T

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img_4404This 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.

Kwik Sew 6358

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img_4320Another 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.

 

Style Arc: Another Avery

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img_4342Another 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.

Style Arc: Hissy Issy

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img_4297Having worked out the fitting and sewing kinks in the first Style Arc Issy, I had to test my memory and make another.

This one is a heavier rayon / polyester knit.  Not quite a ponte, but definitely more substantial than an ITY knit.

The print is this great black & white rain-soaked street scene; not a digital rendition, but more as seen through the lens of a kaleidoscope.

New changes were lengthening the sleeves and raising the ruching on the bottom front by an inch or two.  These are now permanent changes to the pattern, and will be incorporated into future tops.

Style Arc: Avery

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img_4323I’ve finally discovered a style and size in leggings that I like to wear.  Not too tight, not too short.  A veritable Goldilocks size, if you will.  Of course, that meant I had to make some longer tops to go with them.

Enter the recent Style Arc sale at Amazon, and as fruits of that sale, their Avery pattern.  It’s a great mash-up of knit on top and woven on the bottom.  That makes fitting the bust and shoulder area much easier.  The lower part is woven, and meant to waft gently about the torso.  Again, not much to fit.

I used the last of a Nicole Miller knit on top, and some lovely sand-washed rayon on the bottom.  Do you know what the problem is with sand-washed rayon?  It is an absolute cat fur magnet!  And in our household, it’s always the feline who is oppositely colored to what you’re wearing that wants to be held.  We should buy stock in lint rollers, I’m tellin’ ya.

Avery comes with the option of putting an exposed zipper in the back.  Since I used a knit, there was no reason to.  There are also supposed to be wide hem facings.  Again, I omitted these in favor of a baby hem at the bottom.

I did cut the hem facings out and try them, but I seem to always have issues.  They never go in smoothly, and when they’re stitched down per instructions, they stick out like duck tails fore and aft.  Obviously I’m doing something wrong (too much interfacing?  Not enough?), but will leave that to another rendition to solve.

Avery.  Leggings.  Boots.  Oh My!