Sunday, November 26, 2017

Shades of Blue

For those of you who celebrated Thanksgiving, I hope you had a wonderful joy-filled one with family, friends and lots of good food.

A couple of years ago, I took a Pattern-making for Knits class at FIT in NYC.  One of the homework assignments was to draft a pattern for a slouchy knit top with dropped shoulders and a turtleneck.  Back then, I made it in French terry and I love that top.  I wear it frequently because it is so comfy and cozy.  I decided to make it again in a different fabrication to wear for Thanksgiving.


I am wearing my new top with my Closet Case Ginger Skinny jeans which I wrote about it a previous post:


The top came together rather quickly.  I am a slow sewer and I was able to put it together in an afternoon.  That is rare for me.  I always find some way of making a fast project slow-going but since I had already worked with this pattern, the fitting issues had been worked out.

Here you can see the silhouette:



Here is a view of the back.  


I purchased the fabric at B&J Fabrics in NYC.  It is a rayon poly blend with a textured surface.  The interesting thing about the fabric, which I did not notice at the store, is that it is actually two knit fabrics woven together.  I realized this at home when I cut the fabric and noticed the cut edge.  Interesting, right?!:


I made sure to stabilize the shoulder seam with stay tape to prevent stretching.  For knit tops, I often use the coverstitch for the hem but in this case, I wanted a more formal look to the top so I serged the raw edge and topstitched it using a walking foot (to prevent stretching).  You can see the texture of the fabric in this photo:


If you would like to make a top with a silhouette similar to mine but don't want to draft the pattern, you can try Kwik Sew 4190 or Cutting Line Designs Fun with Fabrics pattern (the top).  

Happy Sewing!

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    1. Thanks so much! I do love the fabric and the top is one of my favorites.

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  2. That fabric is wonderful and the color is so vibrant.

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    1. Thank you Faye! I love the color...blue is one of my favorites.

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  3. Very flattering cut and color. It is obvious you feel good wearing it too, this is going to be a great snuggly warm top cor this winter!

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    1. Thank you Barbara...yes, I love it because it is slouchy and snugly.

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  4. Your top looks great Tomasa! I love the dropped shoulder silhouette, and what an interesting fabric you chose (two in one).

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    1. Thank you Vanessa. It was a surprise when I noticed that cut edge.

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  5. Your top looks so great, Tomasa, such a warm and comfy silhouette. That is the most interesting fabric, thanks for sharing the side view.

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    1. Thanks so much Lori! It has fast become one of my favorite tops.

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  6. I love the pull and jeans too! The fabric matches the pattern. I think the style is perfect for Thanksgiving - hope you had a great day:)

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    1. Thank you Eli cat! Despite the fact that the fabric is actually two layers, it still has a nice drape which worked out nicely for this top.

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  7. Love this outfit! Perfect top for eating lots of food. The fabric is so unusual, looks fab to work with. Happy Belated Thanksgiving

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    1. Thanks so much! Yes, it was the perfect top to wear to Thanksgiving...plenty of room for the expanding waistline.

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  8. That's an interesting fabric, I don't think I've seen it like that before. It certainly makes it a warm top for cool temperatures. The top looks beautiful.

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    1. Thanks so much! Yes, it is very warm.

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  9. This is so nice! I love the fabric, the colour really suits you and it works perfectly as a jumper.

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    1. Thanks so much! Blue is one of my favorite colors.

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