You know when you see those videos on YouTube that talk about styling and putting outfits together? Well, it turned out to be a case of ‘when styling is everything’ with regard to my feelings about my new make.
As you know, I’ve made a few items in Merino wool jersey and I simply love the fabric for light but warm tops. I ordered a few shades from The Fabric Store in the beginning without seeing samples (now I have a full sample pack). When it arrived I thought that this sage green colour was just a smidge paler and less bright than I’d hoped for but nonetheless, it is *almost* like one of my Soft Autumn shades, so I knew it could work.
I fancied sewing a really simple shape and I ended up using the free Mandy Boat Tee pattern by Tessuti Fabrics. The top is a very basic design with a wide boat neckline, dropped shoulders and slim sleeves. It comes in sizes XXS to XXXL (Aus sizing). I’m glad I read a few reviews about the top because they all said that the sleeves were very slim and in some cases, they felt tight. As a result, I used the sleeve pattern that was a couple of sizes bigger than the body size that I chose.
It’s a fairly straightforward top to construct, but when I sew up a loose boxy shape for myself, I often find that the back hangs out on me because of my forward shoulders and high neck/back. To help my top hang better at the back I used my trick of creating a back yoke seam and shaping the top edge of the lower body piece so that the joining seam slopes at the outer edges. I did the same on my chunky knit sweaters here.
Anyway, I finished sewing up my top and tried it on…But it felt a bit off. I realised that actually I wasn’t keen on the wide boat neck on myself, it felt a bit bare and not so flattering on me. As a result, I sent my top to the naughty corner to give it and me some time out…
…In the meantime, I got on with some other projects and a bit of client work, but the top kept whispering to me from the corner “Alter me, alter me” 🙂 So, eventually, I dug out the leftover fabric and summoned up the energy to change up the neckline. This also involved straightening off the shoulder slope and closing the wide opening.
PS: I’ve also added bust darts to my top because there’s no law to say that a knit should have them and I always prefer how they improve fit 🙂
I’m so glad I didn’t give up on this top and as soon as I tried it on with the new neck shape I knew I’d made a good call.
I decided to zhuzh up the pale green by styling it with some burnt orange and cream and you know what? I absolutely love it now! Basic doesn’t have to mean boring and it feels really quite luxe in the lovely merino wool. I’m even wondering if my initial reservations about the light green colour were just down to my biorhythms being off or Mercury in retrograde or something, hehe 🙂 Either way, giving it time-out was a good call. I think my top will be a great ‘neutral’ and work with quite a few pieces from my wardrobe.
Tell, me, have you had makes that needed time out for a rethink? Let me know in the comments.
See you soon!