Fabric: Printed polyester, possibly with a little bit of cotton. Possibly not.
Pattern: Burdastyle magazine 2012-05-110B (the view with the cowl top)
Notions: Bluey-greysh thread from stash. A colour that goes with most of my fabric!
Time to complete: 1 hour to cut, 10 days to let the front piece stretch, 2 hours to put together.
First worn: 30th August 2012 for work, with my brown pencil skirt.
Wear again? If you’d asked me this morning I would have “Mmmmmmhhhd”, but now it’s a yes. Another slow burner. Funny how my addiction for love at first sight doesn’t translate into my sewing.
Total Cost: This is my first pattern from this magazine, so I’ll count it: €4.50 The fabric was about GBP 2.00, so in total this was about 5 pounds of her Majesty’s realm. Approximately USD 7.80 I am told. But I do plan to make more patterns from the magazine!
Hey blog! I have already mentioned my gripes with the month of August at lenght, so I’ll cut to the chase: I am not entirely sure how this top came to be.
A couple of weeks ago I was home on Friday afternoon (as is often the case in Summer thanks to the awesomeness that is my job), listening to one of the most depressing things I have ever heard, the short story The Cat, by George Simenon. I listened to it whilst cutting the front of this top pattern on the bias, and the back on the straight grain. I am not sure why I decided to make this, other than I probably wanted something quick and easy to show off this print.I love plaid, but I did not want the hassle of matching anything. At all.
Incidentally, there are two versions of this in the magazine: view A is in a woven and cut on the straight grain, and view B is made in a knit but cut on the bias. I am too inexperienced to argue but it doesn’t seem to make sense.
As far as being easy is concerned, this is very easy. I didn’t look at the instructions once.
As far as being quick, well, I stuck the front on a hanger to let the bias stretch and pretty much forgot about it for ten days. However when I did remember about it this went together pretty quickly and was finished in less than two hours – two and a bit episodes of my beloved Count Arthur Strong.
When I tried this on Tuesday night I was relly unsure about the way the neckline and front drape, and even toyed with the idea of adding the fold from view A. The instructions actually tell you to put the fold in after finished the garment, when you try it on (Mmmmhhhh).
I wore this to work today with the aim of getting plenty of second opinions on it – too homemade-y? Too pajama-y? Too cowl-y? Too giant-print-y?
After a whole day wearing this I can safely say I am happy to wear this again and possibly even make it again after I tweaked with the bottom, which goes down way too straight for my big hips.
I would love to find a name for this garment, but its genesis was so random that I just can’t find a suitable one just yet. Both hopefully I will. Any ideas?