Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Troubadour Top (V8815)



I'm shouting from the rooftops - I love, love, love my new top!

                   Well, shouting from the deck at the sky and at the roof... same thing :-)

Don't worry, I'm not saying I did an amazing job - of course I didn't! It's just that finally I've made the sort of bold, interesting garment I would covet if I saw someone else had it.






I do love the look of these fabrics together. However... the bodice and peplum are made from leftover upholstery fabric that I originally used about 7 years ago to upholster my dining room chairs. It's a really durable fabric - the chair seats still look new - but it has absolutely NO give. You live and learn, but this is definitely not the best fabric for a fitted bodice. The sleeves are in a coordinating raw silk, another leftover or remnant from I don't know where or when - they're perfectly wearable, but I'm not going to separate them from that bodice.

I love the trim on the peplum:

I cut this from a long selvedge edge. If you look closely you'll see the stitching to hold the seams in place (this sort of fabric can be unruly).


I love the stripes matching on the not quite invisible zipper. I forgive the zipper peeking out above the waist seam. I can live with that:



 
I love the stripes also matching on the side seams of the bodice;  I love the curvy triangle between the sleeve and the bodice and peplum: 





But have I made myself an unwearable top?




The top is based on V8815, a non-designer (gasp!), very easy (double gasp!) pattern that came out this year (triple gasp!). This is view B, but with the sleeve length of view C.



I made a size 12 at the top, tapering out to a 14 at the waist. I'll do a full review soon on Pattern Review, but the summary version is that although I love this top, the pattern seemed a bit short waisted and a bit small. I doubt that I've put on weight in the shoulder or bust area (snort!); but perhaps the sizing on the regular Vogue patterns is a little smaller and shorter than on the designer patterns I've been sewing more of lately.

In my imagination I can wear this to work, but I am not really a troubadour or any other kind of performer. And all you sensible people will appreciate that this is not the attire that's expected in a conservative financial institution.  



See you!
-Gabrielle

PS I'll try to get some photos of this on me soon - it feels snug on but it does look to fit!


20 comments:

  1. It is pretty fantastic! If you decide you can't wear it to work normally, you might be able to wear it around Xmas at least.

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    1. Thanks Karin, thanks for the suggestion! I'll give it a go at work and see...

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  2. It is so fun to step out of the box of what is expected and make something totally unique. Way to go!

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    1. Thanks, yes it is fun - like being 22 again!

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  3. That is fantastic! What a fun garment!

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  4. It's gorgeous - love the colour, the stripes and the peplum.

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    1. Thank you Robyn! Peplums seem pretty great don't they - I know you were rocking a fabulous new peplum-ed outfit just recently too!

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  5. I think this is amazing, and very designer-y. I definitely think you should wear this wonderful garment!

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    1. Oh thank you Carolyn! I've been drooling over Japanese designers recently and it didn't seem too way out in that context, but then corporate life is quite conservative. I will have to give it a work outing and see.

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  6. You've done a great job of matching the stripes on the bodice. Very impressive.

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    1. Thank you! I love stripes so much and it bothers me when they don't line up - thankfully these were an easy matching job.

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  7. Oh my Gabrielle, we are on the same wavelength! I love your striped top. Thanks for the nice comment on my version. :-)

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    1. Thanks Mary - funny when you find someone out there thinking the same sewing-ish thoughts as you, isn't it!

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  8. I'm really impressede with how well you got the stripes to match, even on the front darts. Good job!

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    1. Thanks! Being nice wide stripes made it easier though...

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  9. While not exactly casual, could it stretch to casual Friday maybe or with lashings of black to corporatify it! (I know that isn't a word but it sounds good)

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    1. Casual Fridays at my work seem to be all about jeans, but I think you are onto something with the lashings of black - it could well be the answer! And probably 90% of people (I have mostly male colleagues) won't even notice anything.

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  10. Very, very, impressive work! This definintely shows your talents!

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    1. Thank you Myra! I am trying to stretch myself with sewing at the moment, and so far so good :-)

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