Pages

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Duo Top and Replacement Pants


I was on the fence about making this top (so many patterns to pursue, you know) but was inspired by Claire's versions to just go for it. Also inspiring was the prospect of using some those half-a-t-shirt-sized knits that like to accumulate.

This is an especially quick top to sew up since the sleeves are cut-on. Both the neckband and sleeve hems have bands. The hip is narrow, to allow the shirt to cling to the pants, creating the draping, slouchy effect.

It was fun to dig through those inconveniently-sized fabrics but, I have to admit, I ended up using one (the red) and creating one (the dots). Luckily one daughter wants a replica of this half-dotted shirt, so I can use it up then.

Oh, and the pants. I made a turquoise pair which suffered a partial waistband removal when I hiked them up from their too-big-waistband-and stretchy fabric-induced slouch position. Through my distress I saw their potential - and I'll be honest, I'd rather sew an entirely new garment than fix an old one - and stitched up a new pair. Yes, they're in a boring khaki twill, and are added to 4 other pairs of khaki capris I have stitched for my wardrobe, but you really never want to come up short on an essential garment, right?

I made two changes, and love them now:
1. doubled the height of the waistband
2. increased the amount of dart taken in the back and took in the waistband slightly.

Those were cheater fixes and I should have created a wider and curved waistband, which was the problem in the first place.

You'll be happy to know, the waistband is staying on the pants. I'm happy, too.

Hair action shot, ha!

Duo Top: Ottobre 2-2013-16
Jay Cropped Pants: Ottobre 2-2012-18

14 comments:

  1. I love the two-tone tee! What a great pattern.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Love it! I have some dot knit in my stash that I have been wondering why I bought it and what can I do with it. A whole top in dots seemed a bit much to me even for my girls; what a fantastic idea!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You're right - it is nice to break up the print once in a while.

      Delete
  3. I dont like fixing things either, but reluctantly I generally do it, eventually! Both your new items are great. The kind of thing I would wear in constant rotation.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks!
      I put my to-be-fixed items in a pile and make myself fix one after each garment I sew from scratch. Very effective.

      Delete
  4. The top is great! Now I want to make one. (Except my knit pieces aren't nearly as pretty as yours).

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks!
      Trust me, I have a lot of ugly knit scraps. You won't be seeing any camo or horse print versions (:

      Delete
  5. This is a totally cute outfit! I am amused that you managed to use one scrap and make another. That's definitely how I roll. The pants fit is awesome! And I will always make something new over fixing something already made.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks!
      Let's face it; a "true" sewist will always have scraps (:

      Delete
  6. Glad you were able to remake the pants - they look great!
    I've been on the fence with this top pattern because of the pooling on the hips but I really like your version it looks great and fun! I may have to try it out

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yeah, I'm glad I gave the pants another chance because this pair will get a lot of use.

      I was unsure about the billowy-ness of the top, but like it a lot more now that I've actually made it.

      Delete
  7. Work it girl!;) Glad that you were able to make a fix for the pants. They look great on you!

    ReplyDelete

Sorry to add word verification. Too much spam lately....

 

©2009 21 Wale | by TNB