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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Oversized Pullover in an Unusual Fabric

Once in a while, I like to take a chance by making a pattern in a fabric that is unexpected for that style. 

McCalls 6603 pattern line drawing
Take for example, this silk chiffon border print that I got in a mystery bundle last year.  It has a striped border along one selvage, and the rest is this beautiful floral watercolor print.  I had enough to make a dress, but I wanted to make something that I would wear more often.  I looked through my pattern stash, and saw this oversized pullover pattern from McCalls 6603.  I thought- this is a pattern that I could wear everyday.  What if I made it out of the silk chiffon?
I lined up the pieces so that the striped border would be at the bottom of the top and the sleeves.  You can see how the angle of the border changes if your arms are up or down.  You can see how much ease there is, and this is after I reduced each side by about 6 inches!  Yes, I think that you can safely say this pattern is HUGE!  I really can't imagine anyone wanting it as wide as it is originally drafted. 

I can also wear it tucked in, and since it is chiffon, even though it is voluminous, it still tucks in easily.  The cowl neckline is just a rectangle that is cut on the bias.  Super quick and easy!

I'm wearing it with a denim skirt made from Burda 1-1011, design 137.  I think the combination is pretty and springy, yet super comfy.  I'm glad that I took the chance on this pattern/fabric combo.

What do you think?  Do you think it works or not?

Happy Sewing!
Ann

9 comments:

  1. Oh so cute! I love that you did something unusual with you silk.Very inspiring!

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  2. I like this a lot! The fabric is gorgeous and I think it works really well with this pattern. It looks great loose and tucked- almost like you have two great tops instead of just one!

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  3. Very cute, Ann! A unique fabric and you've used it very well. I think taking it in was a good idea. It looks good styled both ways.

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  4. I like the way you wear this! The fabric is so cheerful and perfect - much nicer than the pattern illustration.

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  5. Wow! That's a definite success! I love that top!

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  6. I really really like your new top! Pretty and unique.

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  7. This looks really great in a light and drapy fabric, nice choice!

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  8. Beautiful top! I like it untucked with the denim skirt. But maybe try it with some strappy sandals instead of boots and tights? Make it even more springy. FreemanX Gifts - Experience Gifts & Activities across Oz and NZ

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  9. I just made the long sleeve version in a mid weight cotton blend for a light jacket but I think your top is prettier and looks really nice on you.

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