I’ve been saving the rest of the fabric from this top, trying to find just the right project. I love this fabric so much. Eventually, I decided that it needed to be a drapy pattern—a cowl neck, maybe.
Last night, I decided that a reprise of this super-quick cowl neck top by Ichigogirl on Burdastyle would be perfect.
But. It’s still about -20C around here. I wanted to add sleeves.
I pulled out the pattern-pieces for Ichigogirl’s cowl-neck, and my “trusty” (aka much altered) Lydia pattern to compare. Armscyes were about the same size, as far as I could tell, but a radically different shape. I thought it seemed simpler to try to draft a cowl neck onto the Lydia than to try to fit sleeves to the odd-shaped armscyes of the sleeveless cowl pattern.
Of course, it was 8:00 at night and I was far too impatient to read up on cowl
drafting… I had the pattern pieces right in front of me. It’s not like I’m a stranger to frankenpatterning.
Ehm. I had actually wanted a little bit shallower of a cowl than on the original pattern, which is a bit, ah, risque if you bend over.
But, not quite this shallow. Urgh.
I was very proud of myself for figuring out a neat way to attach the inner fold of the cowl-neck to the shoulder so it neatly encloses the shoulder seam. I’m not sure if the picture will make any sense at all, but you’re looking at the back of the shirt, inside-out. I folded the facing portion of the shoulder-seam around to the back, enclosing the entire shoulder-seam between shirt front and facing. This makes for a lovely finish on the inside.
I then proceeded to do an impatient bodge-job of setting in the shoulders (I think I
still need to remove a bit of ease from the Lydia sleeve-cap, and add a shoulder-point notch). Didn’t do such a good job on the back-neck binding, either.
Bleh. Can I just pretend I meant for it to be this way?
In Me-Made March news:
Here’s today’s outfit, which is my first one this week not to feature some (or entirely) items I didn’t have last September. It feels a little boring because of that, but on the other hand these are some of my absolute FAVE pieces so far, so… yeah!
More self-stitched jeans
Also my new, awesome, but hyper-uncomfortable boots. They will be great once they’re broken in.
I was wondering how long it would take me to break out the goofy poses this time around…
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You look great in that red. What a beautiful colour!
Thanks for the tip on the cowl. I’ve been screwing around with them a lot lately…
Funky dancing pose cracks me up!
The red looks amazing on you. Just checked out the first top you made with this fabric and it’s a knockout as well. Hope you break-in the boots soon.
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Funky dancing pose, yay! Hem, sorry about that.
I’m amazed by how you seem to make a knit top everyday : I’m still afraid of my serger…
muahahhaa, sewing crap-karma strikes both of us in 1 week! wonder what we did?
It’s our punishment for daring to turn our attention to things non-PhD related.
Or maybe that’s just me… 😉
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