There were a couple of other items I completed in 2017. The first item I mentioned in the last post – a top that I wore during the holidays. This was the 4th version I made from this pattern. The pattern is a download from Lekala Patterns. I made pattern number 4284. Here is a picture of it.
This is a knits-only pattern and is definitely a “business in the front, party in the back” top. You can create a bow effect with the back yoke. I have made 2 versions like that, and 2 versions with the back closed up.
You can order ‘made to measure’ patterns from Lekala. You enter your measurements on the site and you can also add optional measurements or body type items (high bust, narrow shoulders, etc) to get a better fit. It takes a couple of trials so they do offer a few free patterns. You can do a test with the free one; it helps you to know how the software calculates. I have gotten a pretty good fit from these. The only caveat is ease. Their patterns don’t have a lot of ease, and their knit patterns have negative ease (meaning the pattern will be smaller than your measurements). I have increased my tummy and hip measurement to get more ease there.
The reason I like this pattern is because of the set-in sleeve. Most patterns for knits with a front yoke have a cut-on or dolman sleeve. I have tried that look and I don’t like it on me. A set-in sleeve is a much better look for me.
My latest version was made with a sequin fabric for the front and back yokes, and sleeves. I used a lighter weight ponte for the lower front and back.
Back of top, with the yoke attached to the lower back.
My first version was from a denim knit and a navy cotton knit fabric. (Sorry for the wrinkles; the top was in summer storage and I brought it out for these photos). The front:
My second was a ‘winter version’. I used a sweater knit remnant given to me by a friend for the yokes. I used a ponte knit for the lower front, back and sleeves. The back is not ‘open’ since this a cooler weather version. Not sure why the color is off – the lower front, back and sleeves are a caramel color.
My third version has the open back and I used a poly spandex knit (with glued-on sequins) I picked up at a sewing retreat for the front and back yokes, and sleeves. I used the black ponte for the lower front and back.
(I know…black is not my color).
These tops are pretty easy and once you have made one, they can be made up quickly.
Second Catch-up Item:
When I was at the Mulberry Silks retreat with Sandra Betzina, I did a muslin for Vogue 1385.
I had a couple of reasons for making this. I like the neckline and I wanted to test out the raglan sleeve. I have had good luck with Today’s Fit patterns so was hoping the raglan would work and it did. Adjustments were minimal. Normal round back adjustment and that was it. This is a comfortable shirt. I tested it with a quilting cotton so this is definitely a wearable muslin. I did wash the fabric in advance and it is very soft and comfortable. I plan to make at least one more of these. Then I might try to figure out how to use the raglan feature but change the neckline. But that won’t be for a while I’m sure.
Lastly, we went to a New Year’s Eve neighborhood party. I love making dessert and when I saw these on line, I had to have them.
Candy cups you can fill with stuff, that are wearing tuxedos! How cute is that? So here is what I made.
I made red velvet mousse and cheesecake mousse. I used a pastry bag with tip and piped in the red velvet mousse first, then topped it with the cheesecake mousse and some graham cracker crumbs. Everyone loved them and I had fun making them.
This is the last of the 2017 items.
Great tops. Interesting backs. The Betzina blouse turned out nice also. I have that pattern – maybe I need to revisit?
Thank you for the comments. The Betzina blouse is a great pattern; give it a try. Just make sure to use all the dart markings.