June 10, 2014

coming up roses

For today, I bring you: Simplicity 1620. Just the blouse portion. The pants are a BurdaStyle pattern, back actually from my Pink Walrus outfit that I did for Project Sewn in February. That seems so long ago and interestingly enough, they don't look as good as they did because I've lost some weight. Yikes! I mean normally I'm all for having a little trim and fit body, but mine has come as a result of stress and not because I've actually been workin it like a gangsta. I think though, we're back on the road to filling these pants out the good and proper way - with lots of sugar and bread, aka, my comfort foods! Ha ha!

Anyway, back to the blouse. Its a really super simple, super easy blouse. Pretty much a rectangle with a few tricks like a yoke and some pleat action. I was gingerly fishing through my rather extensive UFO stack (I am committed to its desolation this year) and found this skirt (which is the fabric you see in the bottom portion of the blouse). You've seen it here and here and it's a lovely silk charmeuse. It was one of those skirts that I loved because of the lush fabric and the lush print but never wore because of the fit and style. I tried ditching the original waistband treatment for an elastic waist instead, but well, I seriously, seriously, seriously can't do the gathered skirt thing. I try and I try but it looks so desperately strange on my figure. So it was time to regroup and rethink what this skirt really needed to be.

And it needed to be a top. For a couple of reasons. Though it was beautiful as a skirt, it will last longer and get worn more often as a blouse - case in point as I've already worn it many more times than I ever wore it as a skirt. Secondly, I love the shine of silk charmeuse but it can look more evening that I want it to when worn a certain way and well, even though this blouse is solid silk, I think it can do casual very well. I mean, come on, jeans, kitten heels and a little jacket. Done! Sold! Thank you very much!

I did do a muslin of this top. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don't, but I didn't want to risk anything with this fabric since I didn't have very much to begin with. The fit was spot on (I made a solid 14, my usual, even though my measurements put me in a 16 - oh Big 4, why?!?!?) and I did a little nip and tuck at the neckline because it was trying to flop about. From there the blouse came together fairly easily. I added a fish tail hem as I've found that for me, this style looks really nice. I'm still, still trying to master bias bound necklines. I hate these things. Probably because I insist on doing them in fabrics that are hard to deal with in this way. I mean, silk crepe de chine (the yoke portion of the blouse) is pretty fussy in a bias bound sort of way. Slay me! But I managed. It's the best I've done so far and that's sayin something. I found Jen's tutorial helpful and I also found that smaller is better when dealing with bias bound necklines. Meaning that I found that doing a 1/4" seam allowance (used 1" wide bias binding) works better than dealing with larger widths. The smaller the better in this case.

I already have the next one two versions of this top cut and sewn - love this top that much! I've been wearing all three a lot. I'll definitely post up the other two versions soon. Ha ha! Tops are scarce about these parts and we're reaching critical levels of sartorially challenged mornings in front of my closet wondering why I don't get my fanny in gear and make more tops. This pattern was just the ticket. Not hard at all, fits easily and simply and is only 4 main pieces to cut out. I'm considering a dress too. And I really like the jacket from this pattern as well. Simple silhouettes that are easy to style with other pieces, but also really easy to get creative with and easy to sew. Totally down with that.

Are you a fan of these types of tops? The woven t-shirt if you will? Bout time I hopped on this train. Choo! Choo!
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