Hit And Miss
Please excuse the pseudo artsy filtered image, but this little floaty top makes me feel like I’m walking around in a real life Instagram. Wait, hold on…
There you go! Back to reality.
CLOSE UP REALITY. Where you can see aaaaaallllll of the wrinkles in my second pair of Birkin Flares! I consider this pair practice in the process of making jeans, not so much a win in the process of filling the holes in my separates closet.
The fabric, a Marc Jacobs denim, has far too much stretch for this pattern, which is hit-you-over-the-head obvious in the fabric content– it’s a rayon/viscose/cotton blend with 2% spandex. TONS of one-way stretch. But I chose to focus on the “vintage gold rush” portion of the description and went for it. I’d love to know what this denim SHOULD be used for! Have a look and lend your thoughts, wouldja? This newbie to casual wear is stumped!
I might have spun a whammy on the denim/pattern combo, but this Crinkled Silk Chiffon “Famous NYC Designer Print” was love at first sight. (Take a wild guess at who the designer is. Go on. I SWEAR I’M NOT DOING IT ON PURPOSE). Hey, it’s still available! Please don’t buy it all. I want more for a full length maxi floaty buttony thingamajig. Which I forcibly restrained myself from making this time. Such willpower! Must have more Everyday Separates!
This is a simple copy of a super cheap RTW top. I say simple… the copying itself was simple, it’s just made of shapes with some gentle curves– but the execution was fiddly by nature of the (glorious) fabric. I used all the usual suspects for fine materials: straight stitch needle plate, microtex sharp needle, light weight thread; and I slowed myself waaaaaay down to be sure I was getting all of that topstitching right. It is, after all, neon coral thread. Errrrry mistake shows.
And yes indeedy, there are mistakes. The plackets are interfaced, natch, and it’s quite possible I should have used a lighter weight fusible– I think it caused the buttonholes to smoosh out (technical jargon). But, it did make the execution of the buttonholes easy! You win some, you lose some. I think that’s the mantra of this ensemble!
I do love my top. It’s quickly become a staple in my slowly growing separates closet! But I’ll likely repurpose the jeans, so suggestions are welcome…