Sunday, April 25, 2010

I'm not dead and here's a new one

Haven't put up anything new lately, because there hasn't been anything new made.  Last week though, I decided to do something with the growing stack of fabrics, so I resorted to this quick & easy project to see if it would get my motivation going again.  

Burda 08-2009-117, the Parisian Chic flouncy top:

Parisian chic indeed.  At least the model is.  Mine?  Well, take a lookie here:

Wrinkles are not Parisian Chic.  I'm really bad at pressing.  So, pardon me.

The pattern is a loose fitting one, so I went down a size (40 to 38) because my figure doesn't take loose fitting very well.

I used chartreuse - my new favorite color - Radiance silk-cotton blend that I splurged on a while back (You're welcome, Britex).   This fabric is really amazing.  It's lightweight (perfect for the warm weather), soft, silky, with a little bit of drape, and it's washable.  The right side of the fabric is shiny and the color richer, however I used the wrong side because I'm opposed to shiny things.

If you notice, the outer edges of the flounce are raw, because I didn't cut the seam allowance I did it on purpose.  If J.Crew can get away making (and selling at $80!) tops with unfinished edges, I can too!  No, really, I got confused by Burda's direction and thought, the hell with it, let's just cut the outer edge without the seam allowance and see what happens.  Luckily I think it turned out okay.

Here's me modeling it:

And again with a ribbon belt:

For some reason, the flounce follows the shape of elephant ear/trunk.  Not very Parisian chic.

Anyway, I wore this with white jeans to showcase the color.  I rarely wear green and do not own many green clothes, so as a result I always get punched on St. Paddy's day.  (Is it pinching or punching?  I always get punched).  Well, no more!  Now I have something visibly green!  Or chartreuse!  But it's green to some people!

This is a very easy project and I'm quite happy with the result.  In the process I actually started thinking about the next project (a summer dress), so this quick top turned out to be just what I needed to get back in the sewing mode.

So... what do you think?

(PR review here)

19 comments:

  1. It's beautiful - I love it - and it doesn't look like an elephant trunk! Enchanting!

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  2. I really like it too! Very, very nice :)

    I had a quick look through your blog, and realised I have the same Japanese pattern book as you! I drafted the same dress as you did, but I haven't gotten around to making it yet. Yours looks great!

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  3. Please please please put up a tutorial? I can't seem to purchase the pattern and I NEED to make this top!!

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  4. Nice.
    Prefer it with a belt.

    Quick motivation ... looking forward to your summerdress (-:

    Sabine

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  5. Thanks all!

    weewoman: The pattern is available by purchasing the magazine. The magazine (August 2009) you might be able to find for sale on ebay or etsy. Your orange summer top has the same design, all you need to do is add the flounce. I can take a picture of the flounce pattern so you have an idea? Sorry I'm not sure if I can do a full-on tutorial in the near future.

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  6. OMG I love this!! It looks great paired with the white jeans. Chartreuse *is* a great color. Especially in this lovely top!

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  7. If the edge of the flounce is on the bias, it won't fray anyway. Very cute!

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  8. Cute top and a nice and summery color!

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  9. Iam loving it, loving it so much that i would try one, though i don't have pattern, will get off my seat and make one. Thanks for the inspiration.

    Art of manipulating fabric is my guide these days and it has a chapter on flounces and how it drapes. So wish me best of luck.

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  10. Any way anyone could post the pattern for this or is able to email it? It's so cute, and clearly simple to make, but I live abroad, and getting a magazine here wouldn't be worth the cost :-(

    Thanks! And great job!

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  11. The top looks very beutiful and i love that color you chose.

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  12. Good job! The color compliments the pattern.

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  13. Lovely. I think it looks very elegant on you too. And not elephant-earish at all :-)

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  14. Lovely top! Looks awesome with the belt, what a stunning colour too.
    ps. Thanks for the nice comment on my blog!

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  15. Very cute top ... the color is amazing ... eye-catching!

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  16. gorgeous - and what wonderful fabric you used. enjoy wearing it!

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  17. Love the colour and the way your outfit goes together. That fabric looks a delight.

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  18. That's a gorgeous color and fabric and a great outfit altogether, Love it.

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  19. I love this shirt. I found you and the skirt first on project review. I've seen it there a few times and thought I'd leave a comment to tell you how awesome it is. Great job.

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