... the seven tops. They are - left to right - a black knit t-shirt, a fuchsia knit tank, a black and white paisley t-shirt, a black knit tank, a blue print t-shirt, a sleeveless white linen blouse, and a sleeveless floral collared blouse. I look at that small selection and start to panic but I really do think it'll be enough.
The black t-shirt and tank are sewn from the light-weight ponte purchased from MarcyTilton.com. It's a yummy fabric. It sews beautifully. Presses beautifully. And feels gorgeous on. It's just the right weight to skim and flatter the body without clinging. Right now, it's listed under new fabrics on Marcy's site but you can also find it by searching for light weight ponte. Along with black, there is also Blue Grotto, Stem Green, Caribe Turquoise, Aqua Velvet, and Dior Gray. Definitely a YES YES fabric.
I started out the tank working with Vogue 9057, tracing it on fold and angling the curve in two directions as shown above left. It looked too long and not full enough and yet looking at the picture, I can see it had potential. That's the wonderful thing about digital images. They remove some of the emotions and let me see more of what's real. I can see that to be more adventurous with my clothes, I'm going to need more to get comfortable with both tunic lengths and different hem angles only right now is not the time.
Right now, I went for what was safe and copied the hemline and side shaping of my T & T pattern onto the tissue and then curved the front and back hemlines ever so slightly so they weren't a line straight across and then I pinned the pattern...
... to the top and cut off the extra hemline. Wearing the shorter hemline feels more comfortable. It's that feel and look thing again. It sure is hard to make a change but I can see that it's worth exploring a longer tunic length.
Katherine Tilton's Butterick 6101 is on my to sew list. Once I finish the cruise collection, the plan is to sew several garments for the Design Outside the Lines retreat that are a bit braver, a bit different, and see if I can evolve my style in a slightly more edgy direction. Hopefully I'll have time to sew those.
With the seven tops, I included the black and white paisley t-shirt sewn a few months ago and with the bottoms, I'll include a pair of black striped pants sewn last year and the blue linen skirt started last month. It just needs the waistband finished. That's two down, five to go. I - finally - feel like I'm getting somewhere.
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - seven tops
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