Sunday, July 21, 2013

A Colour Blocked Top a la Yves Saint Laurent.

The top I'm showing today came as a result of an idea that came to me after I was in bed one night. It wouldn't go away ,so I got up, made this sketch , and then went to sleep.



The next morning , I ,of course,realized that my drawing resembled the famous designer's creation of the 60's. I googled Saint Laurent, found his Mondrian Dress, and considered copying it. However, I decided I'd try my idea first. Here it is.



I love it! Especially the yellow and green shades!

And here is the original Saint Laurent dress.


Doesn't it just make you drool?

I used Vogue 8792 as my starting point for my top , made a copy and then proceeded to draw the design on it.For all the details , please visit Diana's Sewing Lessons.

The fabric is a stable cotton knit. I made it to skim over the body rather than fitted because as I've mentioned before, that's how I prefer to wear my clothes.


I had planned on adding the neck and armhole bands to my top in black but, I ended up not liking the way that looked so I left them out.That left the neckline and armholes  a little too open. Next time I would use more of a boat neck for the neckline.

 I used facings which I carefully slip stitched to the garment so they would stay put and the stitching is almost invisible.

At the back I added a little extra something .just because,which I think is cute.



I like it with black....



and I like it with white.



What do you think ?

For fall, I'd like to copy the original in tan, black and beige, but we'll see.

Hope you found time to sew this weekend !

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19 comments:

Vicki said...

I like it both ways ;) It is a nice take on a classic design.

wendy said...

Very creative, I love it!

Gail said...

Every girl needs a Mondrian! A classic.

Jenny said...

Beautiful! I like it best with the white pants. Did you use ponte knit? Where did you get the fabric? I really like your colors.

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

I love , Love it....This is one of my all time favorite styles and I have had this idea in my to do list for ages :) just never got around to doing it....your top has inspired me to get on with it ;)

Sally Burch said...

Brilliant! And I much prefer your colours to the original ones!

Think I'll have to try something like this too.... ;)

pdiddly said...

that is stunning - just love it

Linda said...

I really like this! It looks great with both black and white pants.

marysews said...

That's quite creative, and looks good on you, too!

Sharon said...

It looks fantastic both ways and love your version!

Mary said...

Oh, you have just jump started me. Thanks! I love your top, and what a nod to YSL.

Irene said...

Love your top! There's probably no end to playing around with this idea.

EmSewCrazy said...

That is a fabulous top! I love how it references the famous dress but doesn't out right copy it! You look great!

Jean said...

Such a classic! I love your color combination and the little detail in the back is too cute!

Emily said...

I do like this and it is such a versatile colour combination. Lovely. Thanks too for sharing the make it details on your other blog.

Summer Flies said...

I have always loved that dress and your iteration is really fabulous. Have you seen CarmencitaB's version. One of the first blog posts I ever saw...http://www.carmencitab.com/2010/03/vogue-paris-original-1557.html

Bethsews said...

My favorite thing you have ever made! and I like it with both black and white...you need more dream inspiration!

Bethsews said...

My favorite thing you have ever made! and I like it with both black and white...you need more dream inspiration!

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