I have been busy sewing lots of clothes to take away with me; making not procrastinating and not blogging. This is the first chance I have had to blog, as I have been cruising on the Queen Mary 2 travelling to Perth then flying onto Broome. The ship’s dinner dress code was formal/cocktail . I prefer pretty tops paired with pants, so that I can get away with taking only one pair of heels….. So before packing I was in a sewing frenzie.
I came across this RTW black stretch woven long ‘wrap’ shirt style top. The right front came across the left and the backs had ties which knotted in front. Loved the easy ‘lounge style’ style, but not black. The sewer stepped in and said ‘I can make that’….
This is what I knew about the pattern:
- The front and back is cut in one, one piece (cut twice and joined ct. back) with a collar. The fronts overlap each other.
- Establishing the shoulder line was important.
- The back has a shirt tail and cut on ties.
- Shaping or fitting is obtained by the angled ct. back.
- I needed a drapey or stretch fabric.
My order of sewing was:
- Joined the ct. back and side seams using french seams.
- Attached the collar by making front and back neck facings which I folded under and topstitched
- Used the rolled hem foot for all other hems
The top is easy to put together…….. accept for the rolled hem which I am terrible at. Was getting the hang of it but still need lots more practise….maybe make another? On the dummy you can see some of the detail.
I like this top especially the colour, so much better then black. I think it has a casual but elegant feel about it and love that the silk is light and ‘small’ to pack. While it may not be formal, I still felt elegant and comfortable wearing it to dinner on the Queen.
As a teenager I created clothes that were inspired by RTW. My mother and friends when out shopping often say “I can make that” or “how easy that would be to make”. I am guessing that most of us sewers say something similar…..do you?