Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Fail Turned Favourite

Bonjour, bonjour ! :)

This tee-shirt is from NewLook 6470, and it is supposed to be a fail.

If you look at the pattern drawing (view D), the fit looks nothing like this. This top is supposed to hug the body. I surmise the knit fabric I used wasn't stable enough by a long run. This was a remnant from the bargain tables in front of Boeken's (same old favourite from my Amsterdam days).

When I tried on the top and saw how large (and indecent!) it was, I burst out laughing, and got ready to take it apart and start over with a smaller fit. Then I got to think that it might be cute to wear as an oversized top layered over a tank top.

The only problem was the armholes - way too wide and lanky. I remedied that by binding them with a stable black knit.

The single other alteration I did was to the front - I took the gathered side in at the top, to give the fabric a nicer drape. The initial version was really too droopy, even for a layered top.

The edges were hemmed on my coverstitch machine. I hadn't been able to take it to my previous flat in Paris, but this time my Dad secretly managed to fit it into the car before we drove South, and I had a lovely surprise upon unloading my stuff. :)

This was not what I had in mind at all, but it turns out I love this top, and I've been reaching for it time and again over the past two weeks when I want a casual look. I just feel - cute in it, even though I may look my age even less than usual.

This was the third time I used this pattern (the first two versions, view A and A/B, are here and there), and as you'll see shortly - I've used it twice more since! Using a pattern 5 times is a personal record - and to be honest, the envelope never even appealed to me (don't you guys agree the model looks decidedly dowdy?).

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Have a good week, everyone! I just had the best weekend, and the week to come is bound to reflect all the good cheer.

22 comments:

Lori said...

I really like the top layered. Great job on rethinking the top.

Vicki W said...

Great save!

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

It looks great. Love the look.

Jennifer said...

You did an excellent job in saving this blouse! It looks wonderful. Often I have purchased blouses of a similar style and found that they too are rather "indecent" in the low "V" of the neckline. I suppose the younger women wear them that way!? I have also done this method to wear a tank-top under the blouse. I also turn it to a Winter blouse by wearing a close-fitting long sleeve top under the blouse.

a little sewing on the side said...

Very cute! Isn't it mysterious how certain pieces become favorites? Great save.

neighbourhood.gal said...

Glad you are back! I just checked in for the first time in quite a while...

Excellent sewing!

Vicki said...

Glad you saved it. It does look very nice on. Great print.

Christine said...

I've had the same problem making crossover tops, I think the pattern models must be a different shape to the rest of us. Well done on managing to rescue it

ViRginiE said...

Très chouette!

Joyce in NC said...

Great save. It is cute on you & nice print.

Anonymous said...

C'est très beau et tu sais le combiner avec tellement de couleurs (blanc, noir, brun, beige). Et en dessous d'un tailleur cela peut très bien se porter à des occasions plus "formels" aussi je trouve. Bien trouvé avec le top en dessous. Amuses-toi bien. Ann.

Tracy said...

The top is wonderful, Isabelle! :o) And what a great save...the layered look is terrific--you could play around with lots of looks. I do love the bold print of the top. And so glad you had a great weekend...wishing you more great days in the week ahead! ((HUGS))

Shannon said...

It's always great when a wadder can be saved! Nice work!

mainely stitching said...

An utterly fabulous top!

equatorcollection said...

What a save! I am learning that some patterns can quickly become favourites too.

toy said...

I love the print, this looks very cute on you

Summerset said...

I'm glad you were able to save this one - it looks great. What a nice surprise to get your coverstitch machine, too!

The Slapdash Sewist said...

I had trouble with the fit of that top as well, but it looks so cute as a layer! Love the way you bound the armscyes.

Maeve said...

Another plus: if you are ever in need of a cute warm weather "indecent" piece of sleepwear, you know you have just the pattern for it!

I think your alteration and layering look is really cute. :)

Nancy K said...

What a great save! Wonderful top.

Mimi Jackson said...

Funny how a pattern envelope that is so uninspiring can lead to such a flattering top... Creative minds can see past that, huh? Sometimes I find the flats on the envelope back more inspiring!

Barbara at Cat Fur Studio said...

Beautiful save! Congratulations on an even more wonderful result than originally intended. When we're willing to 'work it' it's sometimes so rewarding, n'est ce pas?