14.7.12

Sillk Knit in Spring Colours

I really have been de-stashing my knits this year, all in my attempts to learn to use my cover-stitch machine.  Are you tired of hearing about it yet?



This top is made of a silk fabric, so I was expecting a little trouble.  Turned out, no trouble what-so-ever.  Well, not with the silk.  A little with the design.  I gathered the front section evenly, and then all the gathers were pushed out of place when I bound the neckline.  So I had to undo that section and redo it.  The lesson this time was to stabilise any gathers into position before binding.

The pattern was copied from RTW.  I was copying a knitted garment, so I did add extra width to compensate.  I have always found the original top very easy to wear.  I particularly like the hem band.  The ruffled sleeves are pretty.  The angle of the armscye is a little unusual, and when I was making up this top, I did like it as a sleeveless top as well.  I like the pattern so much that I should have copied it onto paper to use again, instead of cutting into my fabric directly from the RTW top.

I find print tops can be a little overwhelming, so to break it up a little, I covered the sleeves with a mesh dotty fabric.

Here you can see the original top.


The new top, paired with fuchsia skirt. is shown below.  I think it should also pair nicely with my white pants.  After seeing Belinda's skirt, I have bought some of the same fabric to make a turquoise skirt to match.


18 comments:

  1. Your new top is gorgeous! I really love the silk print and it looks fabulous with your fuchsia skirt.

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  2. So pretty - and I love what you did with the sleeves. There is an Ottobre tee that has this neckline finish and it is very attractive in a drapy knit.

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  3. Lovely top! I like how you added the mesh over the sleeves. Great idea! I thik the top will look lovely with the Lisette fabric skirt too, once it's made. :)

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  4. Ooh, lovely! I really like the mesh over the sleeves, that is a great idea.

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  5. I remember seeing this fabric! I wish I had more silk knit to play with, it's so dreamy. This is a very pretty top, I think the print works very well with it.

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  6. It looks great! The fabric overlay no the sleeves is a nice touch and very creative!

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  7. Such a gorgeous little top - you always have the absolute BEST prints! I really like the shape of the sleeves on this top as well as your idea for layering another fabric over the sleeves.

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  8. Very lovely. It has a very striking palette. I really like the mesh sleeves.

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  9. Gorgeous outfit. I was so tempted by the fushia ponte at Tessutis.

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  10. Love the use of the overlay on the sleeves - great idea, and the top paired with the fuschia skirt is fantastic.

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  11. Not tired of hearing about your CS machine yet, just a little jealous at the amazing results your getting!

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  12. I love the print you used on this top. So pretty. I never thought to use my coverstitch machine on silk, but hey, it looks like it works wonderfully. I also like the way you used the sheer fabric on the sleeves to add interest.

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  13. Just found your blog today and I'm loving your colour palette. Keep rockin' XD

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  14. I'm glad to hear your coverstitcher is getting a workout! The top looks great, especially the gathered and bound part. Stabilizing and basting are key (something I have to keep learning over and over, apparently).

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  15. Oh my gosh, the polka dot mesh on the sleeves is so cool!

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  16. So cute! Hey what binder do you recommend to get a 1/2" finished binding? I bind with lycra and if the fabric I'm using isn't too slippery or thin, it works really well, but I really want to use some of the swimsuit type Lycra for doing a wider binding but it slides all over even with adjusting the pressure foot pressure.. any suggestions?

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    1. Hi Tonya, I have had trouble in the past making 1/2" bindings with slippery lycra so I usually stick to 3/8". Recently I found that if I want a wider binding in slipperly lycra, it helps if I pull on the lycra so that it stetches a little as it is fed through the binder. This seems to help the edges stay aligned. Hope this helps xx

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