Monday, July 14, 2008

The Knit Knot Top


Simplicity 4076 - view F
Bonjour bonjour, friends!
I hope you're not tired of seeing my easy tops yet...
They're just the thing I need in these days of intense work and growing exhaustion... They take little time to do, and only require minimal involvement from a tired brain. ;) I will tackle more ambitious projects when life goes back to normal in a month or so.

Fabric:
The fabric choice is all thanks to you friends... You were many to comment on my Cyclamen top and to remark that this colour suited my complexion.
Now you guys deserve to know a little secret... I'm not sure I would have ever willingly bought such a colour... I got it online and it was a much more subdued and dark (purple) shade on the website. When I received it, my first impression was "Ack! I wanted a classy purple top, not a flashy pink one!" But the shade grew on me. I decided it to first give it a go with a simplistic pattern (New Look 6470), and have been astounded at how many compliments I've received (in real life as well, but especially on this blog and on PatternReview) about the colour!

You guys really encouraged me to use up the fabric's remnants to make this top. This Knit Knot Top is therefore dedicated to you all!

(no, I wasn't mad, or sad, or anything. Seb simply caught me unawares as we came out of the Quai Branly museum yesterday ;) )

Pattern Review for Simplicity 4076 - view F:
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ETA: I wrote a more thorough review on PR.]

Probably everyone who uses sewing patterns knows about Simplicity 4076... It has almost 100 reviews on PatternReview. This is the ultimate knit top pattern, with a variety of cute styles that sew up quickly.
The only reason why I hadn't gotten it until last month, is that it starts at a size 8. I am bummed that this blockbuster, super versatile and helpful pattern starts at a size 8. Why not start at a size 4 to make everybody happy? Please, dear Simplicity staff? I finally caved in, though. Seeing those lovely tops cropping up on PatternReview and on my favourite sewing blogs proved too frustrating.

A tip about the neckline:
Many reviews on PR mention that the twist top's neckline is low, but a bit of tweaking cancelled out the potential indecency: I made the neckline's hem a bit narrower to gain a bit of fabric there; more importantly, I had the center seam go a centimeter or so higher up than the dot marked in the pattern. This pushed the knot, and consequently the neckline, higher up. Easy and efficient. :)


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Thank you for the lovely comments you keep leaving here. They have meant a lot to me. This home stretch is taking a toll on my nerves, as the pressure is now releasing and I can feel more and more the effect of the months of fatigue that have been piling up. Any form of encouragement or kindness that you have been showering on me, has felt wonderfully comforting.

51 comments:

Adrienne said...

Very pretty! I love that color on you!

Redwitch said...

This looks lovely on you, isn't it nice to try something unexpected sometimes?

{Big hugs to you} hope everything goes well and that you can unwind gradually :)

karenv said...

Another gorgeous top Isabelle!

Look after yourself {{{{hugs}}}}

kasizzle said...

This top looks great on you!

Karen said...

Somehow I have not made this top yet, but you've convinced me. Beautiful top, beautiful color on you.

Shannon said...

Another beautiful top - you do look great in that colour! I also love your shoes - they look comfortable and stylish (which is a difficult mix to achieve with shoes).

Leslie in Austin said...

What a beautiful top! Love love love that color on you. And by coincidence, guess what I have on today: http://www.io.com/~lolawson/sewing/s5255-purple.jpg (5255 is the earlier version of 4076; it's my favorite pattern for using up leftover fabric!)

Theresa said...

This colour is lovely on you. I really like your alterations to the neckline, it is much more wearable, than the original pattern. Beautiful garment as ever by you.
take care.
Theresa

Vicki W said...

You should make a closet full of them - it's very flattering!

Cherie said...

Oh yes, I vote for the closet-full also! And that color on you - devine! Use your energy well, and you will make it!

Sigrid said...

Your tops are so nice, this one no exception. Must be a good feeling to accomplish something relatively easy with all other things you have on your mind. Better that than frustration of not having enough time to finish a complicated garment.

Lori said...

Gorgeous top, Isabelle, the color is perfect. Isn't 4076 a wonderful pattern. I was at ASG this past weekend and one of my friends told Simplicity to begin more patterns with a size 4. You should email Simplicity, it might make a difference, sure couldn't hurt.

Summerset said...

Not tired of your lovely shirts and lovely self at all! The color is very flattering on you. It sounds like you are almost at the finish - keep going!

Mary Beth said...

I saw your review at PR this afternoon, too. Very pretty top. Your easy quick fix for raising the front works just fine: it's perfect.

Isn't it wonderful to find new colors that work well? What a treat, eh? One of the best parts about sewing is the unexpected discoveries.

You are in the time of athletic training. You can do this! I hope you are remembering to eat well and take vitamins and get enough sleep. Vitamin S(ewing) is important, too!

KayB said...

Too right there are over 100 reviews on PR, this is a cute one, good for using up remnants - not only that, but you look good in it too - great colour on you!

Vicki said...

Lovely top. I don't have this pattern...yet. Did you need to grade it down or was the 8 ok?

Isabelle said...

Thanks so much, everyone :) :)
Vicki, I graded down the back, and had to take it in some more after the first fitting.

Lisbeï said...

Hello ma chère amie !
Ce petit haut est tout mignon, et c'est vrai que cette couleur est très belle : un peu de peps et quand même de la douceur ...
Je te souhaite une bonne semaine, le soleil semble avoir décidé de revenir, mais ce n'est pas très drôle quand on doit rester enfermée à travailler ...
Gros bisous et caresses à la belle Mignonne !

Tany said...

I don't get tired of your beautiful tops (this one looks absolutely perfect on you!) and I understand the need of making quick and simple projects to be able to relax from the other stressful areas in life! Hang in there, dearest friend, you are almost there!
(((HUGS)))

Jenna said...

Another beautiful top, Isabelle! It looks fabulous on you and I agree with others that this color definitely suits you. It's good to branch out and try different colors sometimes; you can be surprised at the result. :) I'm so glad that you have these sewing projects to help distract yourself and relax during this busy time.

Anonymous said...

beautiful top and beautiful colour Isabelle. It's really so beautiful on you! Fingers crossed for the final run! Ann

Dénia said...

Je le trouve vraiment joli! J'adore ce petit noueud ( ouh! je sais pas l'écrire ce mot..; tant pis! )
Tu veux pas faire des petits tops pour les petites filles???
J'adore ta pic sur le banc!
Gros gros bisous

Karoline said...

It's gorgeous Isabelle, congratulations. I hope things continue to go well with your thesis {{{{Isabelle}}}}

Carol said...

You are so talented! And that is a great color on you :-)

Judith said...

It is very beautifull. Like the twist in it.

Pirouette said...

Lovely top and a gorgeous color on you.

Shashi Nayagam said...

Another lovely top Isabelle and the colour suites you so well.
Wishing you all the best for the last leg. I am sure everything will go well and you will be able to relax and take a long break. So hang in there just for a little while more.

Lucy said...

Really cute top!

Barbara said...

Wow, that's great! I just love this top, especially the color!!

designdreamer said...

That's gorgeous. I bought 4076 a while ago for the scoop neck top, but I REALLY like this view you've made. I need to get crackin!
(It'd probably help if I'd get off this computer!)

lena-lou said...

Pretty top Isabelle :-)) I showed my Mum your wedding dress pictures the other day and you singing, she thinks you are very talented :-))
Have a lovely day ((hugs))

ViRginiE said...

Vraiment très joli!

Martine22 said...

Une couleur difficile à porter mais qui te va vraiment bien ! Encore une fois tous mes compliments sincères pour tes talents de couturière ! Ce joli haut est très réussi !!! Merci pour ton passage sur mon blog et pour ton commentaire . Bon courage pour le travail et bonne continuation .Grosses bises !

Teena in Toronto said...

What a cute top!

Happy blogoversary!

LauraLo said...

Most gorgeous top! You know I adore those knotted/twisted details. I'm happy the colour grew on you, because you look beautiful in it! I love the contrast it makes with your face. Bon courage, ma belle et gros-gros bisous!

Kelroc said...

great top!

Tini said...

how could we be tired of these cute tops? That would be like beeing tired of cat pictures (hint!)
The colour is awesome!

Jenaveve said...

Bonjour! I have just discovered your blog through another's and the first thing I saw was this fantastic top! What a brilliant colour - it's fantastic that you were able to go with a color that you wouldn't normally choose for yourself, but that other in the blogworld suggested. How amazing this online world is - virtual wardrobe critiques!

Anyway, I haven't sewn anything a lonnnnng time and this is the sort of thing I really want to be making for myself also - simple but elegant dress tops to wear to work or socially. I love it - consider yourself an inspiration to another reader!

paco peralta said...

Isabelle .- all these very beautiful blouses, but the latter is wonderful, its color, shape, etc. .. congratulations. hugs, Paco

Wendy said...

Oooh, sizzling! I love this top - what a cute style and I always love V-neck. The colour is absolutely fabulous on you! Isn't it funny how some things we would just never pick out for ourselves, and yet other people think they look great on us. This shade definitely dramatizes your dark hair and porcelain complexion - I LOVE it!

Jennifer/OH said...

Uh ohh, I think I must try to make this one also. I am such a copy-cat! I will have to check out the pattern and see if there is a version with short sleeves, as I don't do the sleeveless thing anymore.
This is very flattering on you...both the style and the color. It could be suitable for evening wear also. Very nice work.
Don't stress-out too much. Let the creativity flow and this will ease your mind.

Tracy said...

WOW, Isabelle! LOVE this top---great sexy shape, the color is fab, the fabric ideal for dress up or down, and the knot is such a pretty feature...just super! Pretty soon you can breathe easier and relax...keeping coasting with your good grace, my friend. :o) Happy weekend ((HUGS))

Patty said...

hi!
it's been ages since my last blog reading! hope you're ok!
I love your stylish sewing!
enjoy your holidays, dear.
xs

Lisbei said...

Bonjour ma chère Isabelle !
Encore une semaine qui se termine ... plus qu'une avant les vacances, j'ai hâte d'y être !
Et toi, j'ai lu que tu allais partir au bord de la mer, c'est pour bientôt ?
Gros bisous !

petitemarie31 said...

Waouhhhh!!! I love this top! Great!!!!

stitcherw said...

Lovely top, and the color looks great on you.
Sue

Gorgeous Things said...

I amd just digging out and seeing this now. Lovely!!! I'll have to try your way of raising the neckline.

colour by number said...

The top looks gorgeous on you! love the color...I am going to buy this pattern!

Cennetta said...

Great looking top. This is one of my favorite patterns.

Kitou said...

toujours Magnifique! Superbe couleur ce top! Vive le soleil.
Bises à ma fée jolie!

Anonymous said...

It is me again, Nehmah. I have a quite similar pattern on a Leko disk, but due to the depth of the bustline, I have passed on it. Too much fried egg on a nail (bustline appearance)isn't attractive. With your instructions, I will try out this one. Keep well, I will return to see what else you have done. Best witshes on the dissertation (?). You do not need luck! Nehmah