Since snow was falling, I relied solely on my stash. My first plan was to sew the top (view A) in Vogue 1378 with some ITY purchased a few years ago. Unfortunately, it called for more than 2 yards of 60" fabric, and I had just about 1.5 yard. So I pulled something else out of my stash: McCall's 6513.
|McCall's 6513: I made view B|
Well, I thought I had a yard-and-a-half, but it was actually much less AND the fabric had been written on, which meant that I had to be creative cutting the pattern pieces. So pattern-matching was out of the question.
|I couldn't even remove the ink with alcohol. What is that?|
I probably got an end-of-bolt discount on this, but it's been so long I've forgotten.
Let me interrupt this broadcast for a rant. THIS is the real reason I don't shop Hobby Lobby anymore: their poor quality private label products! I'm sure they bring in bigger margins, but I refuse to spend my valuable time sewing poor quality merchandise.
Anyway, back to sewing. I remedied the lack of clear elastic the old-fashioned way, by gathering the fabric with long stitches. It doesn't stretch, but I'm not convinced it is necessary.
|Neckline inside: strip cut on the cross grain and stretched while sewn to the neckline. |
Turned and topstitched with a twin needle.
|Neckline public side: there was a little rippling, but once pressed it was fine.|
A few reviewers of this pattern mentioned that the top was too long, but I think the length is just right for me (see "cover my behind," above). Also, I made no adjustments to the neckline, and I was pleased with the coverage it provides.
|It covers my behind, too.|
It was a quick project to whip up, and I was eager to wear it immediately. Unfortunately, I was also eager to take it off -- I hated the feel of the polyester ITY against my skin! So it hung in my closet for a few weeks, and I pouted. Funny thing, when I tried it on again last week, I really liked it. It seemed to fit me better, and pull less around the middle. I've also lost a few pounds, so maybe it wasn't the polyester after all. Either way, I ordered some rayon ITY to give it another go.
The green and black fabric doesn't really match the wine color of the pants, but it coordinates well enough. [I'm sure my daughter will tell me otherwise, but I like it.] It also looks great with my many black pants, and it matches my breakfast almost perfectly. Unfortunately, it's still too cold to wear it.