So between performing acts of derring-do and of course complaining, I have finished 2 tops and even wore them! One I have officially worn the heck out of and one I’m still on the fence about. Happy top first!
This is a really easy make with simple details- the shoulders- they have this nifty drawstring gathery action. This is not a very structured top and so my only complaint is the gathering tends to make the shoulders fall forward and I have to periodically remind them that they have a PLACE TO BE!!! I also enjoy the vague tunnelishness of the arm holes- they go on forevvvver…..
I got frisky and used a braided cord instead of making self ties and I like my little detail. I initially passed over this pattern thinking it looked dated, but it woo’d me and you know I do woo easy- cheap thing that I am! It’s a big old boxy top, but in South Carolina in the summer, cling is not king. This one gets a victory lap and of course, a small doggie collage with Bruder, Liesl and Katze, respectively.
Blouse 2? Well, I’m still sort of on the fence as I said. In theory it’s very entertaining. It has a cape. Yup. A cape. you can stitch it down in back at the hem, creating a place for your shy lemur, a loaf or bread, a jug of wine, the 1st 3 seasons of Downton Abbey on dvd or blue ray…..you get the point. I digress.
See the gentle fluttering the model is trying to ignore? Paolo the photographers assistant had just turned off the fan in the studio, realizing that this thing in motion is really not sultry, it is more like a parachute that attacked you from behind. Or like when the cat tries to inspect a plastic bag and gets it’s head caught on it and runs around with it filling up and smacking it in the back and the cat thinks it’s being chased. Yup, I’m less super hero in this than tormented cat, now that I think about it.
Now I am cool with the cape, I actually like the way the collar is a drapey business that flows over one shoulder (for business casual archery day, as most offices have now made mandatory) and it has an odd 1930’s feel somehow. I am uncomfortable with the bare-armed-ness of it. I knew one side was material flapping when I walked, but the other was all me of course.
So I’m very torn on this one. I liked how I wore it to work- an outfit I have recreated for you here (see how devoted I am?) and of course my co-workers were very nice about it. I tried to leave the room and silently sneak back (yes, I am that paranoid) to see if they were all making mime flapping gestures or calling Goodwill to come and take my sewing machine away, but they are a subtle bunch. I will now rely on all of you to give this one thumbs up or down. I am afraid I love the fabric more than the top. So sad when bad patterns happen to good fabric…..
Or is this the coolest off-sided capelet top you have ever seen? Are you rushing to your drafting tables to see if you too can have such fabness? Oh, do. I can actually think of several sewcials that would carry this off and look swell- but am I one of them?
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