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Monday, November 12, 2012

MERRILY WE SEW-ALONG, SEW-ALONG...

Another fun sew-along with Shams, from Communing with Fabric. This time, we both fell in love with a shibori-look knit from Marcy Tilton






and each bought 2 yards, which made for a lot of creative cutting out.

I chose to make V8714, View C. 


In retrospect, I wish I'd chosen a pattern which better took advantage of the fabric's lovely drape.

Interestingly, both Shams and I came to the conclusion that the fabric on its own was a little "meh", and
needed the punch of black to make it sing.  I made a muslin out of a red ponte with black and white trim which was worthwhile, as I needed to cut a smaller size.


I had originally hoped to make this on the bias, as the "stripes"  look so good that way, but with two yards it wasn't possible...I did, by judicious cutting, manage to have the back on the bias...
Those inky, irregular stripes were a little hard to match, but it's "good enough"...

The top can also be worn with one lapel open

or with both open...
I redrafted the peplum to have it be a little more "swingy", and did my own interpretation of a lining, as Vogue's instructions were kind of weird...


and a pose "a la Shams"...


It was a quick and fun sew-along...

And LOOK at what I found at the grocery store tonight...

It was calling my name! Does YOUR grocery store carry these?




30 comments:

  1. Gorgeous! I especially love the back and the front with either one or both lapels open. That is one neat ride. You match. :)

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  2. Margy this is lovely and with only 2 yards both you and Shams managed to get part of the top on the bias! The two sided fabric also gives the tops a nice tonal contrast. They are both great..

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  3. ...as is the matching set of wheels :)

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  4. Terrific job on this jacket. It looks so good on you, and I love how you used the stripes. Very cool.
    I love the vest you wore to the grocery store, too. I hope the cops haven't caught you yet for stealing that hot ride!

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  5. Very nice. But to really pose á la Shams, don't you have to spin?

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  6. What a fantastic addition to your wardrobe. Love how you pieced the back on the diagonal.

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  7. Wow. There's nothing meh about this jacket.

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  8. Love it. Especially with the lapels open and showing the black - couldn't agree more that this just totally lifts the fabric. The silhouette looks wonderful on you, too.

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  9. See? Who needs to go to the Big City - we have all the good stuff right here (what, you want fabric too??) ;)


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  10. So fun! I hope you and Shams have another sew-along soon.

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  11. Wow! I utterly adore both of your versions!

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  12. Another inspirational interpretation of a pattern that would not have called out to me! The different wearing options with the lapel are very cool.

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  13. I love the many different ways you can wear this top and the black certainly does make a difference to the top.

    Love it.

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  14. Love your top, especially with both lapels open. Totally chic. And no, my grocery is behind the times, will speak to the manager about his product line!

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  15. What a fun sew-along. I really like both pieces - you each understand your own style. And you were so clever to add the touches of black - really sets of the fabric pattern, as well as the style of the jacket.

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  16. Another fabulous piece! I've added the pattern to my Vogue Wishlist! You should be on commission ;)

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  17. That is a super jacket. Eye-catching, even. I used to love to perch on a motorcycle, but nowadays I prefer the couch!

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  18. Great looking tunic and jacket. You are always inspiring and look fantastic. Now I have to see what Shams is making!

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  19. terrific use of this fabric-I don't find it "meh" at all.

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  20. I would not have looked twice at the pattern but you made it so attractive, Margy! (Vogue should take notice.) I love how your top is so different from Shams' even though you both used the same fabric.

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  21. Nice! At least you got some bias going. It's fun seeing how both you and Shams work with the same fabric but come up with different looks.

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  22. Great looking top. Looks very nice - like I told Shams - that is 'interesting' fabric.
    Marcia

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  23. Amazing what the right fabric can do for an inspiring design. Love the angle of the stripes at the back.

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  24. Love your version! I thought this pattern was sort of meh.... but your rendition is great! How did you make to peplum more swingy? It's now in my queue for some St. John knit i recently got and wasn't sure what to make.

    Mary

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  25. LOVE what you did! The fabric sure doesn't look "meh" from this angle - but I do especially like the bias bits. VERY nice changes to the pattern :)

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  26. Beautiful fabric, Wonderful Pattern, Awesome Top, and a Fabulous You!!

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  27. Loving your style. You are an inspiration for me.

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  28. Love it, Margy! Love the back and the contrast lapels.

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