Same but different…
Remember that red silk top pattern that I used to make a jumper in my last post? Well before packing the pattern away, I decided to make it up as a top (rather than a jumper) in a viscose/elastane jersey. And not just any jersey… but the gorgeous Jaywalk from Tessuti.
I ummed and ahhed about this fabric. The quality, drape and the discounted price (during the competition) were superb but I just wasn’t into the colourways. On the day the competition entries were due, I caved and brought some in each colourway (just for the record, I had no intention of entering!) and I’m so so so glad I did.
Black may not be part of a colour palette I wear near my face, but I can always accessorise with colourful layers, shoes, a scarf, bright lipstick and my bag of knitting!
Construction was predominantly on the overlocker. I secured the neckline seam and hems using a twin needle. And yes, fusible stay tape was used on the neckline, shoulder seams and all hems. I can’t live without it!
Would you wear a top that is greater in width than length? And while I’m asking for your valued opinion… do I get away with wearing double stripes – a striped singlet and a striped top?
Pattern: Number 30 from Pochee’s May & Me Style Sewing II
Size: LL (without adding seam allowances)
Fabric: Jaywalk Jersey from Tessuti
Alterations: Lengthened and narrowed the sleeves. Overlocked a band to the neckline and secure the stitching with a twin needle.
Accessories: Sophie Digard scarf from Scarlett Jones , shoes from Peter Sheppard and bag made by me!
Your top is really cute Anna!
Thanks Faye. I wore it with pride today under a big winter coat. Here’s hoping for warmer weather soon so that it can see the light of day!
I love it! A girl can never have too many stripes and stripes on stripes – definitely 😉
Love it Anna – and yes I too would wear a top like that – and yes you carry off the double stripes perfectly! That is one pretty scarf, too 🙂
Thanks Jane on all accounts. The scarf is a recent purchase. 40% off was just too much not to take advantage of!
Love this version too!!!! I’m sold on the jersey version of this pattern. Stripe on stripe with pattern and small bursts of bright colours and those SHOES = winner!
I bravely brought some wool/silk (woven) today to give this pattern a third (and maybe final) try. The clever lady at the fabric store suggested I cut the fabric on the bias to accentuate the drape. It could go either way. Wish my luck…
Double stripes for the win! Love it, looks fabulous on you and stunning styling for the photos.
After much consideration, I think the double stripe works as the singlet underneath is a very fine stripe that is hardly noticeable. My dear friend and blog photographer and I have great fun styling for our photoshoots. Two more items photographed and ready to share soon.
I like how you have broken the stripes up with a scarf, I find stripes especially high contrast ones harsh to wear but that’s a perfect solution.
As for stripes with stripes? I think the singlet stripes are so fine that you don’t really notice unless you ‘look’ which makes it interesting.
Really like the shape of the top. I love wide/short tops layered over singlets. Looks great.
I hear you on the high contrast stripes. I usually wear medium contrast, but there are always ways to make not quite right things work on you. For me, a scarf solves many a problem. I brought fabric to make another version of this pattern. I’m working those patterns which are agreeing with me hard at the moment!
Everything looks fantastic with a Sophie Digard scarf like that one Anna! I totally agree with you about black – it doesn’t do me any favours but I wear it anyway if I have the accessories to add some colour and make it work. And I agree with Lizzy – the stripes are great in their different widths. Love the whole outfit.
That Sophie creates amazing scarves and accessories. So beautiful and easy to wear. Thanks for your kind words about my recent makes. I feel like I’m on a selfing sewing high again… which is a great feeling. Last week seemed to be all about sewing and this week is all about blogging!
You’ve achieved two things that work. This is a great look on you Anna.
Oooooh, like this boxy top, v Gorman-y. Shall have to track down this Pochee…
Thanks. I do like Gorman’s style. Let me know if you have trouble finding the book. I know a good lending library…
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