One of my favorite things about Mood Fabrics is their large selection of designer fabrics. One designer I’d had my eye on for awhile but hadn’t yet worked with was Roberto Cavalli. When I found this Cavalli jersey print on the Mood site, I snapped up a couple yards, even though I didn’t have a project in mind at the time. I just couldn’t pass up those glittery roses, and I figured the fact that it was a jersey would give me a lot of pattern options. When it arrived, I became fixated on finding a pattern that would allow me to drape the fabric into lots of folds, letting the roses and butterflies peek out with its movement. After much deliberating, I chose a pattern from the Drape Drape 3 book: pattern No. 3, the three-piece cowl-neck top.
Since the back doesn’t have much draping, I chose to use some of Mood’s solid black jersey instead of the print. I also used the same solid black jersey for the cuffs. The whole top came together relatively smoothly in a few short hours on a lovely Sunday, thanks in large part to the fact that I was able to serge almost every seam! Quick makes are so satisfying.
I imagine wearing this top with skinny jeans for a night on the town, with a black pencil skirt for a fancy occasion, or over a bathing suit for a day by the pool. That said, the jury is still out on this top. It feels fabulous while it’s on. When I ask my husband what he thinks, he also uses the word “elegant”. But, many of the photos my husband and I took together looked like I had just thrown a lot of fabric over my shoulders (see below, for example). My hope is that I’ve just had a second lesson on how hard it is to photograph something black and that the top really does look as fabulous as it feels like it does. I’m going to have to get a few more real life opinions though before I reach a solid verdict.
I really enjoy what the Drape Drape books teach me about how fabric hangs and moves. You can see below how the drapes all hang from the shoulder while the bulk of the shirt actually fits closely.
And, how it catches the wind! (It was so windy the day we took these photos!)
Look at those glittery roses dance!