Tuesday, January 28, 2014
The pattern is the Mandy Boatneck Tee, a freebie from the Tessuti Fabrics blog. I gave it a try because I liked their drape top pattern. Most of their patterns are one-size-fits-most, and this was no exception. The only real place where size matters (minds out of the gutters, ladies!) is your arms, because the sleeve piece is quite narrow. The sleeve was also narrow on the drape top, so I guess their fit model has skinny arms, poor undernourished girl. The sleeve is a shaped tube that attaches to a very dropped shoulder, so the size of your biceps shouldn't be too much of an issue.
If you decide to give this a shot, I'd recommend measuring just to be sure.
Claudine and Andrea this fall. It looked and felt expensive, but when I asked, it turned out to be a poly blend and was only $8 per yard. I tend to only buy remnants at London Textiles, but I can be persuaded to change my mind for the right sweater knit at the right price. Actually, I can be persuaded to change my mind quite often with regard to fabric. My only rule when visiting London Textiles (since their remnant bins are really low priced) is that it all has to fit in the bag I take with me).
I'm making a variation on this top right now, as a birthday gift for an online friend (her birthday is today and mine is Friday, so we're doing a gift exchange). Probably the thing I like the least is the boat neck -- I always think I like them, until I wear them -- so I've swapped in the cowl neck from my favorite KwikSew cowl top pattern, and I'm doing some hand applique a la Alabama Chanin. Right now, it's in the stage where I'm not sure if it's fabulous or a disaster. When I make that decision, I'll show it to you.