Here's my second crack at the black & white challenge! While I don't love love it, I think it would be a perfectly cute top under a cropped cardigan during the fall months.
If you want to read about the pattern and fabric, here is the full post on the original. Last time, I just snapped a low quality picture on my phone of the first top just before my flight to Europe. This time, I included a close-up of the fabric below!
By the way, I bought for (you guessed it) less than $1 per yard. The invisible zipper was probably around 20 cents, so this top is less than $2 thanks to my swap meet skills. :)
|See, it's just a little bit of a fuzzy knit, so not the best choice for summer. Fall's just around the corner though!|
As you may remember, these were the problems that I encountered with the first, which are all fixed!
- Strange sleeve length.
- Weird collar, which resembled a bow tie (in a bad way).
- Too high peplum.
|Cute side view, but I definitely should have ironed it a little before the photos. I forgot yet again!|
The fixes that I employed were the following:
- Cut down the sleeves to make a traditional tank length. This was a little awkward because it was designed as almost a raglan sleeve, but I did my best and it looks okay!
- Convert the high neck and collar into a more flattering scoopneck, which involved cutting the whole thing off. Somewhere in my scrap stash, there is a floppy collar...
- I didn't have to do a thing! Once I removed the restrictive neck, the fabric seemed to settle to a more flattering length. Either that or somehow I got shorter?
Here's a back view, which looks horrendous on Lily but better on me. I didn't pull the top down evenly, leading to a weird humped left shoulder. Oops!
Overall, definitely a big improvement because the other version just made me feel like a stuffed sausage. It may come out of the closet sometime, but it hasn't yet due to the warm weather.
I do love the silhouette and I like the paneling concept even if it is a bit strange due to my pattern alterations. It's almost a like I had a warm up for the refashioning challenge!
On a side note, the neckline was a big problem for me because I tried to use a French curve without any sort of direction. I asked Cheryl at Sew Can Do today and she gave me a few sources that I'm going to read through pretty soon.
Any hints for a French curve beginner out there?