Saturday, January 17, 2015

Lots of Sewing Going On

As usual, right after Christmas is a productive time for me in regards to sewing. Today I'll show you two really fun tops I came up with after being inspired by haunting the net-a-porter site all through the holidays. Another really cool site is which is a French site but being a French speaking lady ,for me , that is no problem.

I'm not citing any particular design, but my meanderings through the above websites just made my mind race with ideas of my own.

The first one is my own version of McCall's 6992.  My twist is that I used a piece of faux fur left over from my Christmas scarves paired with a beautiful heavy weight ponte left over from a pencil skirt made last year.

A few details :

I just love this thing ! It feels yummy on and I've worn it three times in the last week because it's so warm and cozy and it is so very cold out right now!

My second piece is View B of Marci Tilton's 8497, now out of print. You may recall this top I made in the fall using View A. I've really enjoyed wearing that one and this one is made partly of the same quilted fabric.

i was really inspired to make something in black and white after perusing the above mentioned sites. I had a hard time deciding between a jacket and a top. Finally it came to me that a top would be appreciated in these cold winter months , so voila!

The two fabrics are different but both are quilted and equally soft. The white is available at Marci  and at Fabricville for you eastern Canadians.( I bought the black fabric at Fabricville as well .)

As in my View A version, I used strips of the cables  for the neck band and the curved trim. I again wrapped the trim around the neck and front curved seam and top stitched. On the pattern Marci left the front curved seam raw and it  simply lays on top of the other side and stitched down.

I used the back of View A. I toyed with the idea of zippered pockets but decided against it in the end.
This was a lot of fun to create . I'm wearing it right now and am loving it! What do you think?


Next up I have a scuba knit dress to show you but that will be later in the week.

I do hope you have time to sew this weekend.
Happy Sewing!


Linda T said...

Both are winners in my book, but have to say I'm really lovin' the one with the fur. I would never have thought to use the fur in that manner. Great idea!

EmSewCrazy said...

These are two wonderful tops! I love their creativeness and color blocking!

Eileensews said...

Both tops look great. I really LOVE the fur shirt. I think you've started something with that one!

twotoast said...

They look like such fun tops to wear. Great job!

sarahlizsewstyle said...

You must live in the "French"part of Canada - how lovely.

Both of these tops are just right for post Xmas and the winter season - snuggly, cosy and warm. I love the black and white version of the March Tilton t-shirt top.

Sew Couture - Aisha J. said...

I love them both! Very timely given the season and very low temps we're experiencing. I especially love the black-white contrast.

Sew, Jean Margaret said...

What a creative use of patterns and fabric. Beautiful results.

Vicki said...

They do look lovely and warm.

Sharon said...

Your grandchildren are going to love your faux fur top and it and the black and white ones are very snazzy tops that have the added benefit of keeping you warm.

Ann (SewBabyNews) said...

These are both so creative! I never would have thought of using faux fur for a sweatshirt, but yours is absolutely fabulous!

Margo B said...

Love your faux fur top! What a great way to use up my bits of leftovers I have. Thanks for the inspiration!

Carolyn (Diary of a Sewing Fanatic) said...

I love your top! But what I really love is the creativity you use in your casual wear. First it's encouraging that basic casual wear doesn't have to be dull. Second, your sewing inspires me so thanks for that!

Barb in Ga said...

Hi Diana, I love your blog. I was just looking through some of your posts and noticed that you have one of my floral art pieces on your wall. It's fun to see them pop up like this.