Thursday, January 19, 2012

Lace tunic from Simplicity 2195


I cleaned my sewing room yesterday.  This was no easy job.  I'm a truly MESSY sewer, who goes from pattern to pattern, without ever putting away anything.  If you ever wonder how I can whip out projects so fast, this is the reason- I just throw things over my shoulder and never look back.

Eventually I reach a point where I can't find something, and I say "ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!", and I break down and pick stuff up.  This happens about once a month.  What a bad example I am.  New sewists, please don't sew this way!  Look how pretty my sewing room is when it is clean.  I should keep it this way always.

Anyway, in the cleaning, I actually found a top that I made, but never wore from December!  WOOHOO!  At least I got some reward for cleaning!

This top is from Simplicity 2195, which is another Khaliah Ali pattern.  I am a HUGE fan of her patterns.  They always include multiple items and are trendy, but still flattering if you don't have *uhhum*"a perfect figure".  For this one, I wanted to make the handkerchief hem tunic. 

I had this really cool piece of striped black and cream lace fabric that I just couldn't quite figure out what to do with it.  It was a little too scratchy to wear right next to my skin, so I decided to cut out the shirt pattern twice- once out of a black ITY knit for an underlayer, and once out of the lace.  I just sewed them together at the neckline, and then turned one inside the other.  Both of these fabrics are knit and won't ravel, so I decided to not hem either layer at all.  (Talk about LAAAAZY!)
My cat Maddie studying the hem.
Because of the weight of the black ITY knit, it hangs a little longer than the lace one, which I like.  I like the length of the top.  It is actually quite heavy, which is good for now, as it is cold outside.  I think that I'll have to cut out the black underlayer and just wear a cami with it if I want to wear it when it warms up. 

I would like to make this pattern again in something with better drape.  It isn't specifically designed for knits, and I think I'd like to use a silk charmeuse or chiffon next time.  I'm also going to put the vest on my list- I think it is super cute.

Thanks for reading!

-Ann

13 comments:

  1. Beautiful!! I love your entire outfit.

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  2. Yay! I love finding things I'd long forgotten about when I clean up my sewing room too! However, it would probably be great is I cleaned once a month, but I usually only do so 2-3 times a year!!

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    1. I'm probably exaggerating when I say once a month. It really is just whenever I've completely lost something. Right now, I'm missing two nice seam rippers, and it's driving me crazy. Didn't even find them in the cleaning!

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  3. Very pretty top. You will enjoy wearing it.

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  4. I really like this. I wasn't attracted to the pattern by the envelope, but yours is beautiful.

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    1. Thanks, Stacie. I agree- the cover illustration wasn't to my liking either, but I liked the line drawings a lot.

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  5. Really like it! We used to have a cat that looked just like yours, so sweet, she had a camel and black face, one paw pad was pink and the other was black to match, your cat sure brings back lovely memories.

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    1. She sounds like a gorgeous cat! I'm glad mine could bring back fond memories for you.

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  6. Oh so lovely - you look great - I'm afraid I sew like you - I do have to get more organized! I guess I'm still a work in progress! Jan from frigid northern Wisconsin! (Wish I could spend the day sewing but I have made a commitment to go ice fishing - at least the hut is heated!)

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    1. I wouldn't pass up a chance to go ice fishing either. At least the first time!

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