Whew, what a week this was here on the East Coast. Guess you heard about the storm that ripped through the area. Grrrr. Good thing I don’t have any friends named Sandy. My neighborhood looks like it was chewed up and spit out by some tree-hating monster. And I had no idea how much I LOVE electricity. Today is Day 4 without it and the family’s nerves are fraying. I spent two days hand-sewing trim on a jacket during the daytime, listening to the news on a crank radio; yesterday trains were running again so I was able to come into work. Wednesday while walking the dog I slipped on some wet leaves and fell, hard. People came out of their houses to check on me, it was that dramatic a fall. Fortunately nothing broken, just bruises, aches and pains.
But enough about the storm and my personal drama…. Let’s talk about this top I made recently and am in love with! The pattern is Cynthia Rowley for Simplicity 2192, which I keep making over and over in all kinds of fabrics. This time I made it from a heavy woven brocade that has a drape like liquid metal (bought at Mood NYC). It sewed up quickly, as I felt it was best just to serge the seams. Though I loved it immediately upon completion, I felt like it would need a dramatic necklace for maximum impact. But hmm, I don’t own any dramatic necklaces and didn’t feel like searching for one, so adding trim was the solution.
I brought the finished top to Mood’s trim department and asked Jonathan, the department manager, for his recommendations. He immediately picked out this beaded mesh trim, and I was like, that is so perfect! It was expensive, but as I only needed a yard, it was still less than what a new necklace would cost. Because the trim is heavier than the top fabric, I tacked down a couple layers of muslin in the neckline area to support it, and then I hand-sewed the trim on. And because the trim causes the neckline to gape a bit (not unattractively), I made sure the facing was pretty enough to be visible and used some silk charmeuse I had in my stash.
I feel like I wear this top every week, that’s how much I like it. Sometimes all it takes is a design with simple lines, paired with a stunning fabric and trim, for maximum effect.