|Knit skirt, Citiknits|
Sandals, Free Spirit
I feel like I've joined the sewist sisterhood! Vogue 1247, Rachel Comey's tunic and short skirt, is so well-known and well-sewn. A Best Pattern of 2011 on Pattern Review, I found 58 reviews there, and I think I read them all!
Love the lines and beautiful lower bodice seaming detail, but for me the shoulder pleats and sleeves kind of overwhelm the blouse. And the mid-bodice horizontal dart is a problem if a stripe is used! Soft wovens and drapey fabrics are recommended - but I sew tops in quilting cottons or calico most of the time. They are cool and nice for the Florida climate - but they are not particularly drapey fabrics. So a remix!
I decided to (1) remove the shoulder pleats from the front and back shoulders, (2) ditch the dart! and (3) redraft the sleeve.
- Pinned and flattened the pleats and mid-bodice dart in the bodice front.
- Drew the short kimono sleeve using the bodice of the Serendipity Diane Kimono Dress, which I already knew was a good sleeve for me. Added 5/8" hem allowance to the sewing line.
- The same shoulder and sleeve changes were made to the back piece.
- Verified my seams were going to fit each other and the bottom bodice pieces by pin-fitting the altered tissue.
- And traced out new back and bodice top patterns.
- Not shown here, I also raised the front neckline mid-point by 5/8". I simply added 5/8" at the center front and cured the new cutting line.
Here are the new pieces as cut, using Robert Kaufman's Dill Blossom Stripe quilting cotton:
The bodice top was cut across the grain, and the back was cut with the grain. I made no attempt to match stripes on any of these pieces! Hard enough just to find my thread in all this!
All the seams are serged - french seams are just not a good finish for this weight fabric! Oh, well, yes, serging is lots faster :-)
Fun top! I sewed a size 12 and think the fit is great.
It is easy to slip on and off, and I love the way the sleeves turned out.
And the good bones of the blouse are intact. This blouse is just the right length for pants...
I like the way my jeans pockets peek out under the hem.
I am so very easy to please :-) Ciao! Coco