Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Back to Basics

After my foray into the wild and untamed world of animal print clothing (I suspect Prttynpnk has developed a worldwide sewing-manipulation ray gun and has stashed said weapon thereabouts in her sewing room) AND she managed to make me part with a loved but unused 2m of fabric, I happily returned to normal life and sewing without prints of any kind. Interestingly I noticed, when constructing a garment in a plain fabric - every mistake shows up a hundredfold, so precision and accuracy is crucial. Is this the attraction of wild prints? Hiding the flaws? No judgement - just an observation.....I've been there.
I focused attention and effort to sewing for my SWAP 13. Still on the Audrey side of my Hepburn collection I went for the simplest, but not the the easiest of makes: a good old draped neck blouse, reminiscent of the Givenchy blouse I used as inspiration. I'm on a pattern diet (fast) at the moment so dug out my TNT Paco draped top
What could go wrong? A perfectly drafted pattern, made so many times in so many fabrics. And fits my requirements for the SWAP perfectly.
See that point at the centre front? Curses upon you......perfect point!
I actually reverted to my own advice to make this point razor sharp: and to my amazement - it worked!
The inside is a bit messy, what with all the marker pen lines and having to use a white fusible interfacing as it was the only colour I had, but the end result on the outside is fine.




Separated at birth? (BTW Audrey's the one on the right, just in case you were wondering)

36 comments:

  1. How wonderful/ I really do need to start investing in Paco's patterns...

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  2. love that top and the colour is great

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    1. Thanks Linda. You're right, navy satin is classy.

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  3. That is such a beautiful fabric and I love how the neckline drapes. I'd passed over Paco's patterns before but I really like your top! Does the point add any shaping or is it just a design feature?

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    1. Suzy, the point is very important to the overall shape. I made a cotton version once without the point (just matching up the front pattern pieces for cutting) but the result was a shapeless box. Don't know how he does it but that V is vital. Thanks

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  4. You are too funny. Love the top.

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    1. Stay tuned for an alternative to your Burda batwing......

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  5. What fun! Love the top and the pics!

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    1. Thanks Rhonda. I had fun looking for the pics too.

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  6. Top: great; point join: perfect; channeling Audrey: priceless!

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    1. Thanks Linda - mind you that point was sewn about three times

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  7. Wonderful! and very innovative with the center point.

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    1. Makes a drape top just a little bit different

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  8. glad you explained which one was which I was getting confused who was Audrey - nice top

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    1. I know people stop in the street all the time

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  9. You're the one in the black hat, right? This is beautiful!

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    1. It's hard to tell isn't it - I mean we are SO alike - LOL

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  10. It's a great top and will play so well with it's fellow SWAP members!

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    1. Here's hoping Carolyn. Thank you

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  11. How lovely! The pattern looks very clever - off I go to investigate!

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    1. I know of just the most perfect paisley fabric that would drape for this neckline.

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  12. Very nice rendition of the top - loving following your progress on the SWAP.
    Jacs

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    1. Thanks Jacs, must keep the motivation up.

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  13. Classic. Elegant. And never out of style.

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    1. Thanks Gwen, it's easy to wear as well.

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  14. It's beautiful! I love Paco's designs.

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    1. Thank you Tia - Paco's designs are classics.

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  15. Very cute and exceedingly classy!

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  16. Ruth, Ruth, Ruth - your'e hilarious! Thank you for the picture clarification. The top is wonderful , BTW.

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    1. Just had to make sure you knew who was who.

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  17. You look fabulous! Great choice of fabric for that top, makes me want to touch it (don't worry, I'll refrain :-)

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  18. I agree! Exceedingly classy! PS: will be in London next summer for a week! Cannot wait!

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  19. Nice job on the point. I really should buy this pattern

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  20. What a magnificent top. I LOVE the fabric. Unfortunatley on me it would just look like a pork roast wrapped in foil. On you it looks classy - spectacular!

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