So the objective was making a coordinating top for yesterday’s skirt. Already had my fabric picked out and ITY knit in a lovely red, blue purple color way. Next was pattern and I opted for a now TNT Silhouette Patterns Abbey’s Top # 314. I was also inspired by a recent Let’s Sew Broadcast The Weekender Peggy started with #127 and a stripe knit. She moved those stripes around which would look good up close but from this end I wondered why she went to all the effort to cut apart and sew fabric back together. I know, I know it’s another of those you have to see it in person to fully appreciate. I especially like the fringe, but I didn’t want to fringe the sleeves. That would only make my arms cold and I planned to wear this top when temps hover in the ‘teens. But I liked the inspiration of it all.
I mean this was a flash to cut and sew. I added 6″ length when cutting out and I did it just like Peggy. Can’t believe I copied her! I placed my 6″ wide ruller below the hem and cut across there. So much easier than making more pattern pieces. I opted to leave the neck, sleeve and hem ribbing off also extending sleeve to full length (but not more since I didn’t plan on fringe.) Stitching together as directed (skipping bands) and adding FOE to the neckline. Course at this point, it really looks too long
But I had planned for fringe. I also wanted to repeat the angle of the skirt fringe
I carefully pinned the edges of the blouse hem together, laid it on my cutting table and smoothed out the folds. Then I placed a line of tape 6″ above the hem. Using my rotary cutting I trimmed the hem at an angle so below the tape it was 3″ long on the left side 6″ on the right. Then, again using the rotary cutting, I sliced upward to the tape (and maybe even nipping the tape) creating 1/2″ wide fringe. quick easy done. But I’m not so sure best choice.
Love the side views
and the front is sweet
But if anything the back looks like a mistake
I’m not sure why. Did I need to make the angle greater? The 3:6 ratio bigger? I may trim the fringe later. This kind of stuff bothers me.
OK final shots, but I must tell you this is not complete dressing. I will have my hair done professionally. Wear necklace, earrings and heels in a complimentary color.
Umm should work on a complimentary wrap too, donchatink?