A couple of days ago, I made a muslin for a pair of sailor pants, and it was huge. And after reading through the directions, I realized that it would take more time than I have available, so I made a couple more knit tops instead. It was a good move, because I love them so much.
Let’s talk about the kimono top first. I made this in a black stripey jersey knit a few years ago, and mentioned its dismal craftsmanship here. Despite the seams falling apart, I wear the black top frequently and knew that I wanted to make another. The pattern is New Look 6648, and the fabric is a beautiful rayon/cotton jersey blend with coral stripes on a “stone” background.
I love the voluminous sleeves and the ruched waistband that gives the otherwise loose shape some definition. I think the boat neck/wide scoop neck is flattering and it’s one step away from becoming a pajama top – it’s that comfy. This fabric has a wonderful drape that feels silky and floaty, and although it doesn’t wrinkle easily, I seem to have ironed some in up there.
I thought it would add some visual interest to have the stripes go in different directions, and it feels very Anthro to me (can you tell that I’m a little obsessed with that store?). Sorry about the crazy hair – this is pretty much how it looks normally.
Now, this color-blocked top is a bit of my own design. I’ve been seeing a lot of tops with lace detail on Pinterest lately and I actually own a similar all-white one that I wear all the time.
I started off with M6744, which is actually a pattern for knit dresses, but I liked the basic shape of the bodice and I think it worked out well. The lace is from my mom; I’m not exaggerating when I say I have a ton of fabric from her – she has an entire room dedicated to fabric that is filled to the gills, so you can imagine how much she’s gifted me.
The cool geometric indigo knit is a heavier, thicker rayon/spandex/cotton mix from here. It has a gorgeous embroidered texture, and although I wanted to use the grey side (the right side), it didn’t quite mesh with the cream-colored lace. I think the indigo side looks like Japanese textile, and I adore it. I have more of this fabric and will be making something that showcases the awesome grey print!
To create the color-block effect, I just took the front and back bodice pattern pieces and split them up where my strapless bra wouldn’t show. I created bias binding out of knit that matched the lace, though next time, I would make the bias strips thinner. I worried that the fabric would be too heavy for the lace, but it actually works surprisingly well, and I like that the dark knit doesn’t cling to my every bulge.
I have two more garments that will definitely come with me on vacation! I’m not sure if I’ll hit my goal of 10 handmade items for my vacation wardrobe, but I’m getting close. Here’s my sketched plan again, and I have a couple of other things on my sewing table, so who knows?