Thursday, August 13, 2015

Simplicity 1106: Two Drapey Tops




May I present my latest sewing projects: two drapey tops.  I used a new pattern, Simplicity 1106, View D.  Version 1, the black and white print, was actually meant to be a muslin... but it was turning out so well that I made it an official non-mulsin top to wear.  The material is a polyester crepe that has a really nice drape to it.  It sewed up so easily.  I used my walking foot since it's a little slippery and I was afraid it also may get a little distorted with a regular foot.




I spy with my little brown eye two mosquitoes biting me...

I cut a size medium bodice and graded out between a medium and large.  I sewed up the main bits and then just basted up the sides seams to check for fit.  I needed a tiny snidge of bit more wearing ease in the lowest part of the hip plus had to reduce the upper bodice down about 1" (2.5 cm) overall.  I think the hip is *just* shy of large now and the width across the bust is half way between a small and medium.  Oh, yeah... I added 1" (2.5 cm) to the length right at the hem as I cut my material.


I am SHOCKED at not having to do ANY adjustment to the back neckline!! It's a straight up medium there... I (almost) always need to dart out the back neckline for my shape.  And I'm super pleased that it drapes straight on down and skims over everything so nicely.  I've not made loose fitting tops like this much... they are so much easier to fit on my figure with my smaller top half and fuller bottom half.


Version 2... this fabric is JUUUUUUICY!!  Okay, it's a tad wrinkly from wearing it all day, I hate ironing, so whatevz.  The material is a washed silk charmeuse.  It drapes like a dream, it feels like a dream.  I don't really wear silk charmeuse in normal life, but I knew I could casual-ize this hunk of fabric.   It was so lovely that I had to take photos of it while it was line drying after hand washing it...

Drip drying... I'm so pretty...
I again used my walking foot to help with the sewing... the gentle pressure allowed for more even feeding through the machine.  For the black & white one I used the most simple finish for my seams, pinking shears.  For the brown & rust print, I used french seams for everything.


I need to re-make those jeans I am wearing with the silk top.  The are my pleated denim trousers from My Image magazine.  I sewed them a couple years ago.  The denim sucks and stretches out so fast.  You can really see how they bag on my legs after a day's wear.


Here some of the innards of the one top plus a close up of the material.  I really like "washed" look... there are variations that run throughout the print, almost like it's hand-painted.  I feel like this is my it's-okay-to-think-about-fall-and-fall-colors-and-fall sewing shirt.

  
And that's the innards of the back of the black & white version.  I actually excluded the facing on the back opening and just folded it over... I was nervous that a facing was going to add to much weight, pull down and pucker.


Dang!  I was being eaten alive by the mosquitos... I was trying to slap them between pics.   My ankles are covered in bites.  If you have super human vision, you can spot squeeters biting my in most if not all of these photos.

15 comments:

  1. Nice tops! I love your garden. Looks way better than mine when I lived in a PA rowhouse! I enjoy your blog a lot!

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  2. I really like both tops! The back feature is really nice.

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    1. Thanks, Vanessa :) They were super easy to make.

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  3. For your entertainment: I HATE mosquitoes, damn near broke my glasses when I smashed one on my nose yesterday. But it was worth it! Thanks for braving them for us.

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  4. Both tops look fab and very comfie!

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  5. Really love both and you are so right...it skims ever so perfectly! And no swayback! Super cute and yes, the fabric looks luxe!!!

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    1. The skimming makes me so happy. Giant shirts are so easy to fit it seems.

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  6. Yes! I've been considering this pattern. Both of your tops are beautiful!

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    1. Thank you! I do recommend giving it a try, it's a simple pattern with minimal pieces, so you won't have to inves huge amounts of time on muslining it if needed

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  7. These are really cute, Kathy! I love that they have a cute back detail AND sleeves. I'm always making something with a cute back then covering up with a cardigan because it doesn't have sleeves! Great pattern!

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    1. Thanks! Yeah, I'm probably going to pull the wear a cardigan-cover up the cool part trick too. It's bound to happen.

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