Wednesday, January 22, 2014

I made a top


 (NEW LOOK 6356, view A)

My stash is kinda ridiculous (hearing a distant resounding "YES" from husband). I'm an impulse fabric buyer, so I am trying to redeem myself. I've had this AMH Innocent Crush voile for like ever. The hand is like butter -- it feels so silky and slinky and drapey it's hard to believe it's cotton. The threads are super fine. But it's not see-through, which is a definite plus. I loved sewing with it! And I happened to have a matching zipper too.


I only had a yard of the voile, so the project had to be small. Voila, sleeveless shell. (Haha get it. Voile-lah.) Even so I barely made it. I didn't even have enough fabric left over to make the facings for the neck and sleeves, so I cut them out of some gray shirting I had on hand. I think it looks nice. Actually I cut out two sets of facings because I added interfacing to the first set according to the instructions, then realized it was too stiff and did the second set with no interfacing, which worked fine since the shirting has a little more body than the voile.


Nice little slits in the sides. Now prepare yourself for the next slightly blurry photo. I don't have on the proper underpinning because it was too much trouble and also too cold to switch out of my sport bra to a real one. Also my makeup and hair specialist failed to show, so that part was mercifully cropped out.


The maizy yellow color is not that kind to my skin tone, so I will likely pair this with a cardigan to add contrast. Nnnnot sure why I went for the yellow. But this would look really great on you, Robyn! I should have gotten the purpley one. Ooh, look it's on sale.


Pattern was in my stash too, an oldie. Cheap pattern and I had to do a lot of mods to get it to fit my short waisted, wide shouldered bod. The fit is still not quite right. Something in the back is weird. I'm doing Jazzercise again (stop laughing at once) so maybe when my muffin top gets smaller it will adjust the fit. I can dream. And do not believe the "easy2hour" dangling carrot on the packaging there. Perhaps that would be true if you were on a planet that has 120 minutes in an hour and also you were in a child-proof sewing bubble with snacks. Hey, I just saw this really cute one by little miss gee! I love it on her. Great colors.

19 comments:

  1. I love this fabric. In fact, just in between your comments on regretting the yellow and how it would suit me, I thought, "Pass it on!" :) Really, really pretty blouse!

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    1. When I tried it on I actually planned to pass it to you when I see you, so you can try it on when I get there! The color would suit you so much better. However all the mods I made for short waist/wide shoulders are the exact opposite of what you would have needed so I'll cross my fingers.

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    2. Ooooh, exciting! Fingers crossed and thanks. :)

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  2. Also, can I just register a complaint about your security protocol here? Shouldn't I be able to get a pass? Sheesh.

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    1. Sorry, you wouldn't believe the spam I still get even with those annoying firewalls. I have to admire the spamming tenacity, but it makes it a huge pain for my legitimate commenters.

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  3. Oh! Very nice! Love the color combo - just in general and on you. Read the last post. WOW! So glad you are doing okay. Very scary, I'm sure.

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    1. This would look great on you too, Jessica! Yeah, re:Cipro I just wanted to share so that folks are aware. That drug in particular seems like it is given out like candy but has such a potential for bad side effects, especially when you consider the latest FDA warning being added to the already long list.

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  4. You did an amazing job on your top! Absolutely gorgeous!! Thank you for sharing with us!! *grin*

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  5. The top is lovely, I want to touch it. Is that weird? ;) I love how everything you make is so "you"- the layered colors, and leaves and flowers- so pretty. I'm NOT laughing that you do Jazzercise, I do it too, in fact, I don't even do it for real, I just do it on public access television, but I don't care, pass me the leg warmers, cuz I think it's great and it's the first thing that's really gotten me back into exercising regularly! :)

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    1. Hey, Elonie, it's only weird if you make a pilgrimage here to touch it. haha. Thank you! I didn't think about my fabric choices being an extension of my makerie, but that makes perfect sense. You jazz too? Awesome! I KNOW! it's so fun! It sounds so lame to the uninitiated but seriously the only form of exercise I truly enjoy. Try it with a class of real people sometime. You'll like it even better.

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  6. Your's looks gorgeous too! Love the pattern! little miss gee xx

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    1. Thanks, Little Miss Gee! Your fabric was killa.

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  7. now here comes a compliment from far away.....fm Germany !
    I'm really impressed about all the tips you share and you did a wonderful job with the various tops ! I read your review about the Wiksten via grainline tank top and hope to accomplish a nice top. I just received my first order of double gauze. Marion

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    1. Hallo across the big pond to you, Marion! Thanks for the kind words. You can do it! Love to see what you make. I love double gauze. There are so many pretty designs. Hint: After you make your shirt let it hang to dry or it will shrink just a tiny bit each time you place it in the dryer.

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