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|Self Drafted Pattern: 82155-1005 - Type:Tops |
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|Posted on:||11/16/12 11:16 PM |
|Last Updated:||11/17/12 3:40 PM|
|Fabric:||Viscose Jersey [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|I'm not sure that I am not big-noting myself claiming this as a self-drafted pattern, as it is barely a pattern at all, more just an equilateral triangle with a few modifications.|
Imagine said triangle standing on its tip. Put a neck opening in the flat side at the top. Cut off a fair whack of the tip at the bottom, to allow for your hips. That is all there is too it, apart from the cold shoulder openings in the shoulder/arm seams at the top.
What is quite clever is that you can wear this top as long sleeved with the cold shoulder accents, or put your arms out the CS holes and poke in the rest of the long sleeves to make it sleeveless. The idea came from my inspiration top here.
I used a very fine viscose jersey kindly gifted to me by Jenlee, another PR member. It is beautiful and silky and drapes like heaven, but it did give me a few challenges regarding the finishing. My technical skills really aren't all that brilliant compared to so many other PR members, so there are a few rough-ish spots on the inside.
I was concerned about the neck edge, as there is a fair bit of strain on this due to the weight and amount of fabric, and I felt I needed to stabilise it. I tried clear elastic, but even my beautiful new Pfaff Ambition could not attach this to the neck edge without some puckering. I finally decided on a thin bias strip in a colour similar to the fabric, and zigzagged it on loosely, then turned and coverstitched. That worked well and will hopefully survive a fair bit of washing and wearing.
I did not do a round cutout for my cold shoulders (hard to finish), but left an opening in the shoulder/top arm seam. To make this look good, you need to start this split fairly high up on your shoulder, or it won't fall open nicely and will end up being a bit of a non-event. I topstitched all around the split and up the shoulder seams to the neck edge.
Originally I made the top 80cm long, but after the initial fitting decided to cut 10cm off the hem. In retrospect that was probably a mistake, as it makes the top look too square and cuts off too close to the widest point of my hips. I'm not bothered enough though to attempt to sew the 10cm back on. The fabric has a lot of movement and drape when not frozen in a photo, which helps a bit. At least that is my story and I'm sticking to it!
This top feels wonderful due to the lovely fabric and is very comfortable to wear. I have not not quite figured out what to wear with it to make my hips look smaller, but I'm working on it!
-------- And here is the version with the slim maxi skirt as suggested by wendyrb! I also just must share a comparison photo between the original pants and the maxi skirt. Look at the hips at the hemline of the top!
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