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Sunday, April 8, 2012

Cool or weird?

Overall I've really gotten to the point where I sew things that I like and wear. But sometimes I make something of which I cannot decide whether it is cool or weird. This top is one of those things. I think I actually like it a lot, but Stef doesn't like it at all. This could be a difference in opinion, or it could be that I'm again convincing myself that it is cool, just because I like the idea so much. I'm really curious what you, lovely readers, think of this. Can you help me decide?


I used the diagonal striped jersey I got a few weeks ago. The sheer fabric with dots (no idea what that's called) I've had for a few years now. I ripped it off an earlier make that I never wore. The inspiration for this top was this image, provided by Did you make that. A black and white longsleeve has been high on my sewing list for a few weeks. I tried finding one in thrift stores, but I actually concluded they don't really seem to suit me. I don't know, it just seems too hard of a contrast with my skin colour or something. So I figured I should use a different fabric around the neckline to soften the effect.



I used the Renfrew as a sloper (surprise), but now I did the square shoulder adjustment. Maybe I should design a bump-on-the-shoulder-adjustment: see how the fabric pulls around it? I made the pattern directly on muslin again, so I could try it out. I wanted it to be a bit loose, I thought that would match the style of the fabric.


The joining of these fabrics was easier that I thought. I used the serger, and then stitched it flat with a zigzag. I expected more wobbling but I'm glad it worked out. I got to use some more serger stitches, which I used on the sheer fabric. I used a flatlock seam to join the shoulders (how neat and pretty!) and overlocked the edges of the neckline.

So... What do you think? Yay or nay? And why?





27 comments:

  1. Absolutely yay. I love how you have combined the diagonal stripes with the sheer dots. Brilliant!!

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  2. No soy muy amante del tul, pero tengo que reconocer que me gusta el resultado y la combinaciĆ³n... yay!

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  3. totally cool.. i love love it

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    1. Thanks a lot! I think I can wear it without doubt now :)

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  4. Well I think I have to agree with Stef on this one. I like it in theory, but when you were wearing it the other day I thought: "ooh this must be one of the first things you made. When you were still learning how to do it. Something just looks off about it.

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    1. Haha, I figured, I saw the look on your face :) But I know what you mean with something looks off. It could be that the tulle should have been an inch longer, as someone on Burdastyle suggested. Well, every garment is an experiment to me anyway, and we all know what can happen with experiments :)

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    2. Ooh... I guess I will never win anything with poker....

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  5. both, and I think you should wear it!

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  6. Ik vind hem erg mooi Lisa.
    De taille is ook erg mooi.
    Vind hem juist erg stoer.

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  7. I quite like the different materials! Very much in line with what I loved about Mondo in Project Runway (he won All-Stars!).... cool and effortless but deliberate!

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    1. I loved Mondo too! I stopped watching All Stars because it felt fake, but I'm glad he won.

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  8. Looooove it! I would wear it. Definitely.

    I know that striped long sleeve you're talking about, too. The perfect one is the one Susanna wears in Girl, Interrupted. Or maybe with a slightly wider neckline.

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    1. That one is perfect indeed! I also see it all over the blogs these days. It just seems like a fun basic piece that's easy to work into different outfits.

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  9. I absolutely love this top. It is looks like a designer piece. It is the perfect proportion and silhouette. I would love this in my closet! I would wear it with jeans and heels, or for dress up with a pencil skirt. I would wear it under a jacket also. It is effortless but very stylish. Do not second guess yourself - it is fabulous!

    Holly Meyers sewobsessed

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    1. Wow, thanks! Also for the styling tips. I should wear high heels more often! I hopped over to your blog, I love the things you make! I saw you've discovered Lotta Jansdotter as well, I used to have one of her bags.

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  10. I love it!! In fact I want one!

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  11. I really like it, actually, including with how high the striped section comes. The only thing I might change would be a slightly more structured finish on the neckline, but that's a matter of taste more than anything.

    I have seen recommendations for a curved shoulder seam (to mimic the actual curves of the shoulder) in some of the more in-depth fitting books---give it a try. :)

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    1. Thanks! I think the curved shoulder seam would be nice to try with a more structured design. I imagine the fabric would have to stay at the same place at all times for it to work.

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  12. oooh i LOVE that top!! definitely cool and perfect for summer!!!

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  13. I'm a bit late to the comment party here as I just stumbled across your blog, but I couldn't help putting in my two cents because I adore it! I'm now inspired to try something similar using your clever contrast of textures. If you ask me (which I suppose you did?) you were one paving the way to lace embellishments I can't get enough of right now. I would love a full dress like this belted, or maybe with a colored pant, motorcycle boots and pleather jacket. So many possibilities to get maximum wear... Now that it's Feb 2013, I hope you've worn the seams right out of it. You should be so proud of yourself :) Well done.

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