3.8.12

Minty Frills

I was a bit surprised when I saw Vogue 1306 in their spring line up.  I thought that frills had finished their fashion moment in the sun, but seeing as I hadn't got around to making a frilly top, and I thought that shoulder frills would be flattering, I did buy the pattern.


I normally make up Vogue patterns according to the measurement charts, but for this one, I sewed a S when my measurements put me at an M.

I made it up in a remnant of rayon lycra knit.  I used my coverstitch machine and binding attachments to do the binding.  This did not turn out perfectly, and the binding seems to be gathering in the fabric a little too much.  I'm not sure how to correct this, except for stretching the fabric a little as it feeds.  I have had this problem with rayon lycra knits previously.

The top demonstrated some pretty ugly fit issues under the frills.

I compared the pattern to my t-shirt sloper to work out what was going on. 


Part of the problem was that I did not cut off the seam allowances before binding.  If you look at the back armscye, you can see that it has a straight edge and not a curve.  I think this may have been a lovely shape in a lightweight woven, and given that I went down a size, I am wondering if the pattern was designed for wovens and not moderate stretch knits, as the pattern envelope indicated.  Anyway, I took off the bindings, cut the curve to match my t-shirt sloper and had another go at binding.

You can still see the binding / gathering issue, but the fit is much improved.

Here you can see it paired with a skirt that I made pre-blogging days.  I love the fabric and colours of the skirt. It is a velvety knit.   I'm not sure how old it is, but I remember it to be John Kaldor fabric, and a quick google search has revealed that John Kaldor stopped selling fabric in Australia in 2004.  I think that the skirt is actually a couple of years older than that.



16 comments:

  1. I love your blouse! It looks great on you!

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  2. Cuuute. I keep forgetting that you mid winter must be mid summer because I'm looking at that and thinking - hey, it's not spring yet! Very lively and fun.

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  3. Really pretty! I'll leave my techy comments on PR as I have some issues with this pattern too.

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  4. Yes, John Kaldor shut down in September 2004! I was working for them at the time. I remember a lot of fabric from the almost 6 years I was working there, but I don't remember that one.

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  5. Your shirt looks great, nice colour too!

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  6. Oh that is adorable! Maybe I'll have a go in a woven and see what happens- other than the sound of my own screaming....

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  7. Well, it does look to have worked in the end! Thanks for sharing this analysis - I might have to try it as a woven now too!

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  8. The top is such a gorgeous colour. I admire your persistence in fixing the puckering issue up.

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  9. Great colour on you and it's such a lovely design - really suits you.

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  10. This is a great knit top. I really like how the pattern has the frills over the shoulders and into the bodice. The color looks fantastic, and way to be persistent with fixing the armscye.

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  11. Cute top, love the minty color of the fabric you used. When I see cotton knit recommended for a pattern, as this one did, it cues me into the possibility that the pattern shape will be similar to a boxy T shirt. Because cotton knit has no significant stretch or recovery. I think your knit was a bit more stretchy than the intended fabric.

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  12. I can't remember where I saw it but another blogger made this up in a white woven and it looked lovely. Love the colour you've used - it's very now :)

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  13. It's actually very pretty. Your version beats the one on the pattern envelope hands down. I wasn't into the envelope version at all but your make actually made me sit up and take notice.

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  14. thanks for sharing.

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  15. Very nice teeshirt, we would never know about the slightly wonky fit if you hadn't shown us the underside of the frills!

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  16. I love the frills and the gathering into the back yoke. The front notch is a cute detail too, it looks great on you.

    xxx

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