This project took so many twists and turns it’s a minor miracle I have anything wearable to show for it. Would you believe my original intension was to sew a black knit top? No, it doesn’t make any sense to me either.
My process started out normal enough with an inspiration pin from Louiza Babouryan’s Fall/Winter 2013 collection (pictured below). I’ve got it bad, bad, bad for boxy tops with ruffles. The inspiration top should have been pretty straight forward to copy. Big and loose with drop shoulders and a little ruffle where the sleeve meets the body, nothing too tricky there. Enter the first wrinkle in my plan, fabric selection. Being unable to find a suitable black knit… I wandered into the wool section? Yep, that happened. I left rather confused with some very synthetic bouclé and visions of a Chanel twist.
So now I’m sewing a woven rather than a knit, which again shouldn’t have been too complicated since the plan was an unfitted top. Wrinkle number two, I skipped the muslin. A classically bad decision especially since the last time I worked with Very Easy Vogue V8877 I was sewing with a knit. The result was an impossible top with pulling at the hips and sleeves so tight I couldn’t raise my arms. Brilliant! I almost gave up at this point. How do you add ease at the hip to a top that is already cut? Not an easy riddle, but the answer was waiting in my twitter feed. A trendy back zip. Of course! Back zip installed I still needed a solution for the sleeves since I’d run out of bouclé… It was black double knit to the rescue.
And there you have it a sewists – a twist on the greek myth of the phoenix.
My sequin tank (paired underneath) was a simple affair after my bouclé woes. It’s a Wiksten Tank with a few small modifications which include a raised front neckline and squared hem.
Has anyone else salvaged a project that went completely off the rails?
Supplies: Very Easy Vogue V8877, 1 1/2 yards of bouclé, 1 yard black double knit, 24 inch metal zipper, gold bias tape, 1/2 yard touch of gold interfacing, Wiksten Tank pattern, 1 1/4 yards sequin mesh. Styling: Brooke Lucky Jeans, Tildon Flawless Bootie.