Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The Top As Promised

I'm sorry that today's posting is so late. Yesterday was busier than I expected and by the afternoon I had such a bad headache that I spent the rest of the day lounging around and didn't get to writing the post. This morning, I slept in and then my morning hour and then journal writing and then some errands and then a chat with my daughter and now, it's just after ten and I'm finally getting to writing about this top as promised.





As you can see on the pattern envelope, the top appears to have a more curved hemline however, on me, it's not curving at all. In fact, it's raised. Next time, I'll do a full bust adjustment plus add a more defined curve to both the front and the back. The transition from cut on sleeve to sleeveless worked out great and I love the feel of the fabric. With some changes, I can see making this top again. This one is not fabulous but definitely wearable.




One change would have to be to increase the amount of ease in the back. Here's the split that happened when I opened the center back seam to allow for more ease over my hips.





I used some scraps to create a buttoned godet to fit into the shape. There are two overlapping triangles and the buttons are sewn through both layers. I didn't bother with buttonholes although that would have been more authentic.





And here is the finished back on me. Again, I'd curve the hemline more but overall I like the top and I can see making a few more in this style. Right now, I'm working on a basic button up blouse with princess seams. I could use that pattern to create a very similar version with the FBA already included since the pattern I'm using has cup sizing. Something to consider. I don't want to keep re-inventing the wheel. I want to use developed patterns as canvasses for creative possibilities.

Today's hour doing things I want done but don't want to do will be spent cleaning house. I washed the sheets before I headed out to journal and they're dry and ready to go back on the bed and the towels are almost finished washing and ready to switch machines. There's still dusting, vacuuming, and bathrooms to clean and it'll be done. Done is good. I love a clean house, not so much the cleaning.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - learning from solving problems

Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think. 
- Albert Einstein. 

24 comments:

  1. I like the top - great save.

    Love the quote!

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  2. Like the top, especially the mock piping at neck and arm. Adds definition.

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    1. Binding seems to be a hold over from my textile art days. I like the way it finishes an edge - much better than a facing IMHO.

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  3. I love the godet! It gives the whole thing a little creative touch! It would have been a boring top without the godet and the piping.

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    1. Thanks. I thought that was an example of being myself creatively.

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  4. I love that buttoned godet, too. That might be the answer to salvaging an old favorite top of mine. Thanks, as always, for the inspiration!

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    1. OH yeah... I'm glad if you can use the idea too. Let me know how it works.

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  5. Great solution that looks fabulous.

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  6. Oh my gosh the godet fix is wonderful. Must remember.

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    1. LOL - it did the "need more width" trick.

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  7. Love it! This is a perfect example of a garment which is not going to knock your socks off as 'wearable art' on it's own. However, it could be a fantastic piece to have in your wardrobe, helping make a ton of knock your socks off outfits.

    The fit means it will layer nicely under a cardi or jacket, being much more interesting and flattering than your generic tee. And it has enough definition and added interest (the binding and buttoned godet) to hold it's own with a breezy skirt in summer heat. Add some earrings with more presence, some bangles, and kitten heels and you're looking great.

    This piece also achieves your goal of rewarding close attention and not overwhelming the wearer. heehee, i also like how the placement of those buttons is kind of subtly rowdy! Looking forward to more along these lines, steph

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    1. It's definitely a go-with-a-lot type of garment. Even though there are changes I'd like to make, I'm surprised by how comfortable it feels. Enough that I'd consider a few more sleeveless tops. I like the layering and the dressing up or dressing down aspect.

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  8. That top is very elegant! The fabric really makes it and the secret godet and buttons on the back is totally clever! It looks great on you!

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    1. Thank you. I'm pleased with how it turned out. Good to know it looks good too.

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  9. OMG! Pant just fit and flatter and that cute top does the same.

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    1. LOL - thanks. Those are the Burda jeans I made recently, the ones that I ended up making pull on. The pattern is out of print so I won't go digging for the number right now but let me know if you need it.

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  10. Lovely top, well whole outfit! Really flattering :)
    Love how you have made the back detail

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    1. Thank you. I need to analyze why it's working so well. I just threw the top over the jeans to take the picture. The back detail is fun and it was quite easy to do. In a contrast fabric it could add a different element.

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  11. Adding the button godet to the back of the top really elevated it to another level! I'm loving that look and think you should use it again. Now to find a way to incorporate that in one of my garments! Thanks for the inspiration!!!

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    1. You're welcome for the inspiration. Can't wait to see what you do with it. YES YES.

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Thanks for commenting. I appreciate the feedback and the creative conversation.