Friends. The internet is a dangerous and scary place. One minute you’re innocently setting up a Twitter account, and the next you’re accepting dares from a madwoman! BE VERY, VERY CAREFUL. #Sewingdares spread like wildfire!
Obviously, I’m no sissy, so I immediately agreed to this dare and headed off to Mood with Oona! She pulled out bolt after bolt and wrapped me in vibrant colors and prints from head to toe. It was a difficult decision, but, like the loose cannon she is, that girl decided at the last minute to up the ante and dare me to use TWO prints. WHAT? I’m a plain Jane, yo! I do NOT mix prints!
But. I’ve been looking for justification to download the super rad and sporty Simone Top from Victory Patterns, so this seemed like the perfect opportunity to pull the trigger. I thought its modern lines might work well with these abstract prints. Plus I just really wanted to buy it.
But let’s get back to the fabric for a minute! The blue with the larger print is sold in 1-yard panels, which pointed me towards the top option rather than a dress. It’s a stretchy silk blend of some sort. The gray and orange fabric is silk charmeuse (I used the wrong, less shiny side). I had a sudden inspiration to separate these two partners in crime with handmade piping (chartreuse crepe de chine– find some here!). I love the extra pop of color it provides, even if it’s a bit over the top. [Editor’s note: Find some of our silk charmeuse prints here.]
I really liked both the main fabric and the contrast, but they were a nightmare to stitch together. The slippery charmeuse and the stretchy blend slithered and bunched together around the curves of the placket and back yoke– it wasn’t pretty. I unpicked those seams so many times that I eventually lost count (even though I hand basted all of the seams before machine stitching!!), and it definitely took a toll on the fabric (and my psyche… I cried… SEVERAL TIMES…). I was ELATED when I finally finished it! Make it easy on yourself and use fabrics with a similar weight and hand if you try this at home!
I’m not 100% certain that I would go down the print mixing road again, as this is pretty different from what I would ordinarily wear. But, I actually like this top quite a bit– it’s so vibrant and fun!
So, what do you think of this? Am I successfully channeling our beloved Oona? Did I do her fabric choices justice? And what about you guys– are you bold mixers of print, or timid when it comes to the wilder side of the fabric store? Would you let Oona pick your fabric? Anybody having fun with sewing dares lately?
Editor’s note: Watch the Mood Sewciety blog for a forthcoming tip on sewing silks.