Updated: May 29
With these challenging days we are ALL in, this seems ever so trite, but I’m posting it anyway – to try to take our minds to another place, our love of sewing.
My challenge: to come up with THE design into which to fashion this fabric that I ordered from marcytilton.com (it’s now out of stock) and absolutely LOVE .
This fabric is a rayon/lycra blend that has been digitally printed – yielding all of the gorgeous colors as shown in this picture.
Read below some of my considerations – ideas. I have plans to make a new white pant and I also have a grey knit gored skirt that it blends with really well. With the busy-ness of the print, a lot of seaming would be useless. The length of the top I come up with or bottom hem shaping, is REALLY important to make this top one that can STAY in my wardrobe for several seasons. I have observed that the longer flowy tunics are not as popular for this spring-summer (2020), AND the length of this top needs to be long enough to show off the print AND still work with a pant (likely to be worn with it more often) and the skirt.
I feel that low necklines aren’t necessarily the most flattering – especially at my back neck. I completely forgot to attack this goal in Green Top #1 (my next post) . While a V-neck is universally flattering, I don’t like to see revealed ‘cleavage’, so I’m very aware of front necklines that I think are too low!
A versatile top with softness or some kind of drape or cowl at the neckline is in my thoughts. But, I have so many ‘typical’ cowl necklines from testing/sample-making for my Captivating Cowls pattern, that I really don’t want/need just one more cowl top, I don’t think so.
A top with the ability to dress it up – or left more simple – a removable collar of some type perhaps?
I always tear designs out of mail-order catalogs, or screenshots as I crawl the internet. Therefore, ideas are not the object…
Another fabric in my ‘make it up!’ pile is a sheer green poly open mesh print, also from marcytilton.com. Honestly, I think I just played with copying a design I’d collected and identified as good for this fabric…because I couldn’t make up my mind on anything else regarding my ‘favorite fabric’. Nonetheless, I have one more new top – to wear out once this Covid-19 event is over.
Green Top #1
Below at left is the print of the screenshot I took – as I remember, from the Soft Surroundings website. At the right – myself in the top I created, making changes on my great base pattern: Londa’s Terrific T Top. Be sure to Subscribe to my Blog to read all about how I transformed my Basic T pattern to this V-neck, side-tie style. To ‘line’ this see through fabric, I actually used another ‘re-cycle’ men’s knit shirt.