It’s a beautiful cool south Florida morning! Only about 65°, and I’m actually cold in these pics 🙂
Recently I made the Grainline Studio Alder as a v-neck top, two actually, in Brussels washer linen (post here and here). After wearing them, I realized that they’re a bit large, and the v-neck is a little wider than I like. Not to worry, I washed them a few times to shrink them, and all is well.
However – I decided to draft the pattern in a smaller size (8 instead of 10) and to sew it in cotton/lycra jersey. So brave… and a great result!
As before, I used the self-faced left side for the right side as well, eliminating the attached button band. I re-shaped the v-neckline to be more narrow and 1″ higher and drafted new facings.
I can pull this over my head, so I just attached the buttons through both sides, with no buttonholes. Yes, I was avoiding the angst of sewing a buttonhole in a knit fabric!
To add some back interest, I added 2.5″ to the width of the lower back and gathered it into the yoke.
The back yoke is unlined, which keeps the ‘weight’ of the fabric even from neck to hem and decreases bulk in the armhole binding.
My finished center back length is 26.5″.
And I didn’t used pockets on the front. I did cut them out and prep them, but they didn’t look right, they were just too heavy for this knit.
I’m loving the pants I’m wearing, McCalls 7634 (first post here). A little tattoo art for Halloween!
Speaking of Halloween, my cute Ashley in costume for the Halloween party she and Darrin host every year 🙂
Second post today. I’ve been in house-cleaning mode all day (I should be wearing a Lucille Ball head scarf), and I decided to take a break and get some photos of a blouse that’s been aging in the loft. So I can wear it 🙂
I love the Grainline Alder dress, it has such a nice silhouette, and it’s easy to modify. For this blouse, I decided to create a fold-and-gather detail for the back. Back details on garments intrigue me. IMHO, something should be interesting both coming and going.
Itty bits: I split the back and drafted it to have a fold with gathers in a lower skirt.
The fold is at the height of the bust dart and is 1″ deep. I added a couple inches to the bottom piece for the gathers.
Love this look. Kind of Audrey Hepburn. I think it would be fantastic on a dress version.
I wanted to take pics outside, but the rainy season persists. Wind, rain, but the garden and I are happy.
While doing all the terry cloth project clean-up, I realized I have more things to blog. I have had them hanging in the loft, and they’ve been neglected! Another day…
The real challenge was the back because the Trio top is quite boxy and oversized. I made a copy of the back of the Alder dress and incorporated the Trio detail to fit. Then I cut out the pieces, added width to the skirt center back for the gathers, and drew everything again with seam allowances. A jigsaw puzzle 🙂
(Below, I moved just as the camera clicked. Aaargh)
A kickback to the 70’s – I think I’d really like it in white cotton jersey as well.
Now that our cool weather is past, I’m working on warm weather thingies to wear around the house. Retirement inevitably comes with the temptation to go grunge very casual most of the time. Tee shirt, leggings, socks, PJs. But part of my new year/new me is to avoid that!