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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Simplicity 2603 - knit top and cardi-wrap

Thank you for the comments on my flat - to answer some questions;

Meli88a - no there were no pictures of the sewing room/guest bedroom which we sewing types might find interesting but I expect 99.99% of the magazines readers wouldn't. I did post my own (inferior) pictures here though.

Peacock Chic - yes there are water fountains behind each budda statue, the water flows down a stainless steel panel.

Gail - the painting in the living room is by a Vietnamese artist called Do Duy Tuan, lots of info comes up if you google his name. If I only had more wall space I would get more of his art, I love it all.

Now back to sewing.....

I finally got around to making the DKNY cozy knock off pattern, along with the matching tank.

It was super quick and easy to make, apart from cutting out the cardi-wrap - the front pieces are so big I had to cut on the floor which is no fun (for me anyway, my cats found it highly entertaining).

The fabric is a very soft grey knit, another bargain buy from a market in Hong Kong, it will be perfect for travel. My seam finishes are getting skimpier - after the serged edge on my last sweater this one has no seam finish at all, I just left the edges raw. I can't help feeling that this is just not right, but the thought of finishing the 17 mile long hem persuaded me that it would be just fine to leave the edges raw.

Here is the tank, it doesn't really feature on the pattern envelope but is actually a great basic.


The cardi-wrap is very long when worn like this, but gives you more wrapping options so I resisted the urge to chop it shorter.

A couple of variations.


31 comments:

Sew4Fun said...

Looks fabulous, especially in that grey soft knit.

sonoemi said...

Very very nice! In the color gray it looks very noble.
I love this pattern.

Els said...

Looks FAB and comfy.

Lisa said...

I bet it looks better on you! Nice.

Michelle said...

I love your version of the wrap, and thank you for showcasing the tank, now it makes me want to go back and take a second look...I always need wardrobe basics!

Jenny said...

Very pretty! I made this and did a hand-rolled hem on that loooong edge. Ahhhh! Leaving it raw doesn't sound crazy to me. :-)

peacockchic said...

I alway love this style on others...for me it is a little too fussy. Funny part is I saw the tank and it looks like such a nice basic I want the pattern...hahaha.

Love your work though. Great job!

Dei said...

TDF!

Sewfast said...

Gorgeous! I made my first one in a soft grey knit like that and I adore it! Nice work!

Faye Lewis said...

Yours is beautiful. I've been tempted to chop mine off too, but have resisted.

Trudy Callan said...

I love it. I can't wait to make one.

Lori said...

Fabulous job. The cardigan is great but the tank is wonderful, too.

Pammie said...

I love the color -and may do the tank as well - now that I've seen how well yours has turned out!

gwensews said...

I had not seen the tank that's with this pattern. It's very nice, as is the cardi.

a little sewing on the side said...

oooh. the classic color and the hand of the fabric make this very attractive. Cute tank, too!

Vicki said...

Lovely version. The fabric looks perfect so as not to be too bulky.

Katharine in Brussels said...

Lovely! Donna Karen is a master at making chic draped knits that show off a woman's figure. You will look even better in this than Scarlett does there.

NGLaLALa said...

Oh nice! I love my cardi and I want to make another one. I wasn't planning making the tank, but I love the way yours turned out... I'll have to reconsider making it. :)

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

It's a lovely pairing of fabric and style. Bet it looks good on you and is very comfortable to wear!

Kathi said...

What a cute tank - I had never seen that part of the pattern! The fabric looks quite yummy!

The Slapdash Sewist said...

That really is a nice tank! Love the wrap, too.

Adrienne said...

LOVE IT!

amber said...

Great cozy color. I'm in the middle of hemming that damn raw edge right now. It's a gift, so I felt weird leaving it raw, but it's absolutely hell to hem. I think your decision to leave it raw is a good one. ;)

Sharon said...

That tank is wonderful. Love the entire look in that soft gray.

j.kaori said...

Very beautiful --- I love the color and the draping options. I need to get on the "cozy" bandwagon!

Lindsay T said...

Wonderful! And congrats on the magazine feature.

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Sheila said...

Lovely Ensemble.

jacqui m. said...

I just found your blog but I am really loving the two pieces and the choice of fabric is great. Love, Love.

Nishant said...

! In the color gray it looks very noble.
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Misa said...

I might have to leave my edges raw, too, *gasp*. 18 miles of hem? Er, no, not up for that.
Another blog asked how the back knotting issue is resolved with this top. Any pics, anyone?