Monday, January 28, 2013

Sky Blue Top


I may have mentioned before that I have yards upon yards of modal and bamboo knits in my stash from my retail sewing days from a few years back.  I love the way it feels and the way it drapes.  I was pretty excited to see a few great little patterns perfect for these fabrics in the latest issue of BurdaStyle magazine.  Folks seem to love knits these days and so do I.

This is Burda's Draped Shirt #113 from 2/2013 issue.  I went down a size or so to a 40 since modal/spandex is so incredibly stretchy.  The directions are so terrible for this pattern (not a shocker for Burda) that I just abandoned them after a few lines and improvised my way through. (If you want to know how I improvised my drape and neckline, I wrote a pattern review here on PatternReview.com with a synopsis of my process.)  It's not a difficult top to sew up.  I added about two inches width to the back hip/bum.  I was nervous this shirt would look like maternity wear (one could wear it then if you extended the front hemline a few inches) but there's a secret dart hiding behind that lovely center drape- it pulls in the material to show your silhouette along with the shirring.


One major drawback of modal/spandex is the weight of the material.  It's deceptively lightweight and airy feeling when you wear it but it actually has some weight to it.  The drape in the center is a smidge heavy and is pulling down on the neckline causing some tension on the fabric and the neckline to roll out.  But I'm not overly concerned.  But on the other hand I almost never have to sew up the hem on this fabric.  I left them all raw on the sleeves and along the bottom edge.  Plus this gives me more length that I like. 


This shade of blue makes me happy.  So cheerful and bright.  I don't know if the dreary daylight, my simple camera or your screen can do it justice.

14 comments:

  1. modal is only the best fabric ever. It also makes a lovely, soft yarn.

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    1. Oooooh! A yarn from modal must be fantastic!!!!!!

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  2. That is a simply lovely top. Enjoy. g

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  3. Looks luscious! If you make another and want to share some photos or tips for how you did the neck/drape part, please do so! I've been eyeing this top but intimidated by the directions.

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    1. I know what you mean. The drape and neckline is so confusing in the directions. I just wrote a review of the pattern on patternreview.com and shared how I made my neckline. I wish I took some photos of my process! You can find it here. http://sewing.patternreview.com/cgi-bin/readreview.pl?readreview=1&reviewnum=82899

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  4. Oh, this is really pretty! What an interesting shape.

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    1. Thank you! It's not one I would have picked in the past but I am trying hard to try new things. I've been getting some pretty good results with experimenting.

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  5. Looks lovely! I have been thinking of trying this one, and yours is very inspirational :o)

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    1. Thanks. It's a fun top and it can be a really nice dress, too.

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  6. Hmmm . . . I'm learning from you! I'm still pretty new to knits, so it doesn't occur to me to go down a size or two if my fabric is stretchier than normal. Or conversely, maybe go up a size if my fabric is more stable than what is called for, as I probably should have done last week when I made up #126 from this month's Burda!

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    1. I've been picking a few things up from your blog, too :) Hurray for the internet! I've made so many knit garments in the past few years that I've figured a few things out... but definitely not everything! Now it seems there are lots of books, patterns and blog posts about knits which is exciting.

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  7. You did a great job for this top ! Thanks you for your explanation on how to sew it on Pattern review. I'm currently sewing this top. Can I ask you a question about the facing and the waterfall? The instructions ask to sew to facing on the neckline and to sew the waterfall to the facing but it doen't make sense for me as it would not make a clean finish, no ? How did you do ?

    I do love to sew with knit fabric. About knit patterns, you should check this french book with several patterns.

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  8. This is almost painfully gorgeous - I must make one of these!!! Love the way it fits you and the pretty drapey detail at the bust is devine. Love it!

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    1. Thank you! I like you. You can leave happy comments on here anytime :)

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