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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Cowl top duo

Thanks for all the encouraging comments on my last post, I think you are right that I just need a bit of time away from it and to pep it up with some interesting accessories.  I tend to prefer wearing dresses because I recognise that I really am no good at putting separates together and I don't have a lot of skill with accessories either.

I also came to my senses and decided that rushing to make something new for the wedding I am attending would probably end in disaster.  In July, Erica B came to a similar conclusion for an upcoming event and grabbed a DKNY dress from her closet.  I have decided to do the same and hope some of her fabulousness wears off on me!  I even commented at the time which is why I can remember it.........

"AllisonC said...

You know whenever I have made something last minute I have not been truly happy with it. I generally adore DK patterns and this one looks fantastic on you."

I'm going to wear Donna Karan, Vogue 1159 a very similar dress to Erica's.  I'll try and get some decent photos at the wedding.

But, I still had to make something new to take so I have made two simple knit cowl tops using up some remnants in my stash.  I'm sure I could keep my stash much tidier without all these small half cut raggedy pieces.  Both needed a bit of creative piecing of the fabric scraps, but I managed it.

This one is a silk jersey, made using the famous Vogue 1250 Donna Karan (again!) dress, shortened to a top.  The jersey, which feels divine to wear is very drapy so I found I needed to stitch the neckline together a bit to control it.  To get it out of my small piece of fabric I added a centre back seam and a band at the hem, the busy print means you can hardly see these extra seams.



























This grey top with metallic silver stripes was made using Burdastyle magazine 05/2012 - 110.  I started out with my usual size 38 and found it to be huge, I had to take it in at the side seams by a good 2 sizes to get the fit I wanted.  The short on fabric solution for this one is a back hem panel with the stripes going in the opposite direction.  Excuse the wrinkles!




10 comments:

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

These are both great tops! I keep meaning to copy a top pattern from my V1250 and just haven't gotten there yet. But your wonderful new tops make me want to do that soon. Enjoy wearing these!

Gail said...

Great idea to use the trusty V1250 for a top. I love your Donna Karan dress - you will look sensational.

Lisa Laree said...

LOVE that creative solution to the short yardage on the striped top! No one would know it wasn't an intentional design detail...very nice!

Linda said...

Like both tops and particularly with the striped one of having vertical stripes for bottom band.

Linda T said...

My favorite is the butterfly, but then I'm a sucker for butterflies! Bottom band - a great idea!

Summer Flies said...

Hi I'm just looking at your last dress again. Again I still love it but I just had a thought... why not some great coloured shoes? A colour like the lining is what I'm thinking. Every girl needs more shoes!

amber said...

These are great! I actually think the back panel with the vertical stripes gives the 2nd top a real designer factor. Super cute!

Cennetta said...

Both look great. I hadn't thought about making a top from V1250.

The Slapdash Sewist said...

Such a creative use of scraps! I think the Kay Unger dress in the last post is lovely--I wonder if you're responding to the color rather than the style. As much as I know neutrals are classic and classy I just hate wearing them!

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