HIYA. How do you like my whatchamacallit?
It was meant to be a button down dress….
But then I felt so Bohemian when fitting to mark for buttons, I decided to cinch the waist in a bit more and leave it as a…topper? Sleeveless kimono? Maxi vest?
MAXI VEST. LET’S GO WITH MAXI VEST.
Let’s also say, that much like my self imposed ban on jersey, imma haveta turn my back on the Sui for awhile. Yep, you guessed it, this is MORE Anna Sui, and it marks the fifth MSN project in which I’ve used that designer’s sumptuous textiles. As usual, I wasn’t looking for her, but I found her anyways in this silk crepe de chine, in store. (For those who are out of store range and ban-less, I’m pretty sure this floral, polka dotted beauty is Sui. Yummmmmmmm.)
This is a riff on a vintage blouse pattern. I just lengthened the pieces, and took the 8 pleats in a bit more than drafted.
It’s so much fun to reassemble border prints, like a jigsaw puzzle. How was the print configured before cutting? No clue! I think I used the border for the facing.
Although the color palette isn’t really me, I couldn’t walk away from the opportunity to play with it. And the fact that it’s CDC sealed the deal. I love working with CDC as much as I adore rayon challis. In my mind, they’re equals, in terms of ease of use and delightful hand. It’s just not delighting my eye. Surprisingly, it’s not so much the black as it is the green and blue hues.
I think this whatchamacallit is destined for another, though I must say it was fun to feel it floating about me for the brief shoot! And it feels good to be at the point in my sewing where not only am I able to give a handmade gift, I’m able to feel good about the stitching of it, too. In fact, I think it makes it easier to give–know what I mean?