Thursday, June 26, 2014

Busy with.....

A lot of things actually, so much that blogging was put on the backburner. The usual life and work things of course, a day out with friends to an open garden scheme (so nice), but also being absorbed by pattern drafting, making (muslins of) the patterns drafted and a “new” activity: after 20 years or so I’m knitting again. Which fascinates me, as for some reason I thought I would never be taken to knitting again, but well, I am.

What have I been drafting? Two tops were on my wish list to try: a pattern from Ottobre that I have used before and like for a summer top. In the Ottobre pattern I did an FBA and still thought I could use some extra space. In my class I drafted the pattern to my measurements and it fits well. Nothing spectacular, but I’m trying to get a grip on drafting. The pictures on the dressform don’t show the fit, I’ll try to get better photo’s later.

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It still needs buttons and a good pressing.

The other top is an experiment to make Vogue 9006, one of the spring 2014 patterns. Less easy I must say and after two versions my conclusion is that it’s not for full busted women. At least my version of it, I did not use the Vogue pattern. Perhaps I should consider a sort of stay underneath, as it tends to pull sideways at bust level. Another thing I noticed is that the shoulderstraps of my bra show, cut in shoulders are not for me.

I used two different fabrics: the green emerald one (gorgeous color btw, which I love) is a polyester (?), the second one a rayon with a lot of drape. I cut the center panel on the bias. The green one pulls a bit at the seams because of all the unpicking and re-stitching I did. I think I will wear these tops, but mostly under a jacket or cardigan.

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And to give you an idea of the drafting: it’s a lot of lines! It might look intimidating, but actually it’s not that complicated, it’s a step by step process and this picture is from the end of that process.

It’s for a jacket, I’ll be making a muslin this weekend. Keeping my fingers crossed it will fit well.

7 comments:

Faye Lewis said...

Really like your summer top. I've always like the nice semifitted lines of a shirt like that.

Cennetta said...

Thank you for the heads up on the vogue pattern. I bought that one at the beginning of the season and hope to try it soon. I will certainly make a muslin.
Cennetta

Dilliander said...

Really enjoying your drafting journey Sigrid. I'd considered trying to draft the Vogue top too, but instead bought the pattern in one of the sales... was only looking at it yesterday!

becki-c said...

You did a great job on the collar. That is the trickiest part for me but you make it look so easy.

Great job, I can't wait to see it finished.

Bunny said...

I enjoy following your drafting adventure and look forward to more. Nice tops!

Vicki said...

Drafting looks like a lot of fun! Good luck with the jacket.

The Smart Needle said...

The blue one looks gorgeous!