Saturday, 29 November 2014

SEWN: THE SCALLOP TOP

I made cake!


Sort of. It's not a print, it's neutral coloured, but it does have some sneaky embellishment. I'm still gonna call it cake as it's the closest to cake I've made in... ever? I do like me some frosting/icing.


And it gives me angel wings when the sun is at just the right angle!

This is Pattern X Cape-style blouse in scallop-edge lace, from Yoshiko Tsukiori's Stylish Dress Book: Wear with Freedom. My last project was also from this book.

I'm a bit ambivalent about this one. It's not quite a "woohoo!" (those who are participating in Bimble and Pimble's Instagram #BPSewvember and who follow me will get the reference). A "woohoo!" result is a project that turns out just as you had envisaged in your mind's eye. This was close, but no cigar. 


The fabric is super pretty, no? A lovely, scalloped edge, embroidered fabric. Well let's have a little chat about fabric choice. Poly cotton. Ick. I knew the fibre content when I purchased the fabric, it even felt a little stiff and polyester-like, but I hoped pre-washing might soften it up a little. Not.

It's just a bit too "sticky outy". And where are my crisply pressed seams and hems? Polyester doesn't do crisp pressed, even when it's trying to play nicely with cotton.

Can you sense my ambivalence?
I wanted a fair bit of body for this one, but I didn't want wings. I got me some wings. Those sleeves won't drape, no way, no how.

The top tends to slide to the back of the shoulder, but it also does in the pattern photo. Shoulda' known it'd flash my belly button on 99% of shots and therefore in real life! Damn my long torso.

It also makes my narrow shoulders look even more narrow.



I did French all the seams though. Yay, me!

It'll get worn, that's good enough. I just really wanted a "woohoo!".

16 comments:

  1. But angel wings are so hot right now! I do hear where your ambivalence is coming from because I think I can picture what you were wanting to achieve. The neckline throws me a little, but I actually really love those big voluminous sleeves. It looks lovely and cool for summer though.

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  2. I get your ambivalence Jillian... sometimes the the way we picture things in our head and the way they turn out just don't match ... in my trade that it's called: a basis for experimentation ;). I do think it looks pretty on you! it has something romantic about it...

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  3. I'm another vote for summer breeziness being a good thing ;) Love the non-hem wonderfulness.

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  4. Whilst this may not be a woo hop for you I hope you got a woo at least! I actually like the shape of the sleeves as they are- dramatic silhouette for the win!

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  5. It's so pretty, I'd say its woo hoo, beautiful work!

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  6. It's dramatic and lovely. But I'm totally with you on the wish for a whoohoo. Sometimes it happens, sometimes not. But you look lovely and ethereal and you'll be able to smash out another version the instant you find the perfect fabric!

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  7. It's so pretty though! So light and airy. I love the overall shape and the scallops.

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  8. Isn't the neckline weird?? It's actually gathered each side of the centre front and on the centre back. It kind of bulks/blouses it out. If I make again I'll redraft taking the gathers out.

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  9. It was a great experiment in fabric selection Sasha and I'll know not to go near poly cotton again! It is still pretty in its own way though

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  10. Gotta love a non-hem breezy top!

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  11. Thanks Amanda, I'm trying to embrace the dramatics!

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  12. Thanks so much BarbaraJane, maybe I'm a little hard on myself :)

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  13. Awwwww thanks Sarah, I am thinking a potential version 2 is in the works. We'll see...

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  14. There's a lot to like Sara, I just wish the fabric had behaved a little differently :)

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  15. Did you see Caroline's version too?! It's here: http://handmadebycarolyn.blogspot.com/2014/01/tear-drops-top.html When I saw your beautiful top I thought of this one immediately:)

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  16. Thank you! I did see Carolyn's version, and I'm so thankful you linked it. I was trying to find it on her blog as it was definitely an inspiration for mine, but couldn't locate it!

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