Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Rok'n Color Block

Just a quick post this morning. I have some time before I have to catch the train to Philadelphia.   Unfortunately, it is a business trip. No time for visiting the Phila fabric district.  I can work on the train. There is internet access, though it fades in and out in some areas. And there is the exciting whole train jerk, when they switch the engines from diesel to electric in Washington, DC.

I have done a small bit of sewing in the past month. One project was influenced by two style details that caught my attention in fashion magazines  and online.

 1. Tops with deep  V shaped inserts of contrast fabrics or colors.


2. The color blocking of  Roksanda.
 



I had a remnant of  the  lightweight wool lycra I used for my culottes project. Just enough for a simple short sleeve top. And a  piece of aqua silk for a contrast V inset.   I wanted a boxy semi fitted top that ended near the waist. Burda magazine has had several patterns for tops like this  (without the V inert)  but when I made muslins of them, they did not give me the look I wanted.  While browsing Etsy for old sewing patterns, I found the perfect pattern.  But I  waffled before buying it, afraid that even with modern fabrics and colors it might look dated. 



Yes, it call for shoulder pads.  One of the things I have learned about my body in my fitting journey, is that my shoulders, though a bit narrow than norm, are very square.  I have to make adjustments for this when using current patterns.  But not on older patterns designed for shoulder pads. I just leave out the shoulder pads and I have a perfect fit.  What makes me cringe is imagining what I must have looked like with shoulder pads on square shoulders back in the late 80's, early 90's. Eeeuuu!

Any way, I am happy with the resulting top. No changes to the pattern except to crop at high hip length. No shoulder pads and no zipper. It easily pulls over my head.



19 comments:

  1. The outfit is a total success. The top is lovely.

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  2. This is so lovely and totally completes the outfit! I'm in love with Roksanda too! She does amazing things with colors and color blocking!

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  3. Really nice outfit! I like it.
    Greetings from Spain.

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  4. Lovely outfit! I had a top like this in the 80s in black with a red insert and yeah, shoulder pads the size of a lunchbox! I never thought of remaking the top without those pads!

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  5. These pair beautifully, very stylish!

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  6. Nice top! I too like this V insert!

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  7. That is a great outfit. I, too, have square shoulders and make 1980s patterns sans shoulder pads. They fit me fine.

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  8. Wow-This is a great second look for your culottes!

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  9. This looks very modern and up to date. I laughed about your 80s shoulder comment. I am going to a party and it is an 80s theme. I am making a burda mag pattern with those same huge sleeves/ shoulders.

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  10. You always make such stylish and classy clothes. This outfit is no exception. I love the two pieces together.

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  11. Very beautiful! Every detail in these sewing patterns is well thought out and perfect!

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  12. Great outfit. As you know I'm really into colour blocking at the moment. Love the unusual colour combination and the cut of both pieces.

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  13. Such a great looking outfit. Love what you did with the dress, very creative sewing patterns.

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