Saturday, September 8, 2012

cool and breezy floral wovens for summer's end

Thank you one and all for your comments and your messages over the last several weeks.  Your support and kindness means more than you'll ever know.

Check out my Robin Top ...  when I sewed the muslin, I learned the zipper wasn't necessary. Perhaps a person with slim hips and broad shoulders would need a zipper, but it was fine for me without one.  The fit has just the right amount of ease without being loose or sloppy. It's as fast and easy as it looks, too.
Fabric: cotton-silk blend and pattern: Robin Top by Style Arc
We snapped these photos during a brief break in a storm - there were tornado warnings in the DC area today.



Have you seen these Fall Fashions with separates sewn from matching prints?  I have plenty of fabric left over. I am tempted to sew pants or a skirt from this fabric and if I lived in NYC, I would.  That is something I really like about NYC.  You can wear whatever you want and there will be a zillion people dressed weirder than you.  

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The other fun fabric on my table this week has been the dress for my stepdaughter, Kelly, modeled here on my dress form.  Because Kelly and I have somewhat similar measurements, I knew this dress had turned out way.too.big.

And not surprisingly, when she tried it on, it was a huge sack dropping off her shoulders.  At that point, I looked up V8632 on patternreview, and saw others with the same results.  Maybe next time I will check reviews first?!
lotsa volume 

The good news is that I can take in the skirt, and there is enough fabric to sew a new bodice.  I'll spend some quality time with the seam-ripper to deconstruct the dress and start over.  The tie turned out to be a little awkward, too.
Here is how I will change it for the next version:

OK, time to get that seam ripper and start unpicking ....

Should I sew pants to match my new top?  I feel a little wicked just thinking about it.  What happens when a person starts experimenting with fashion - do you have to keep it up every day?
Can you do just one day a week, say "Fashion Forward Fridays"?
You know I am kidding, right?
hehehe


54 comments:

  1. Darling top, Robin! We have been on tornado watch all day until ten tonight. It has blown through at this point and temps have dropped hugely from 85 to 65 in minutes! The cool weather is on its way.

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    1. wow that is pretty serious weather! We missed the worst, but it came close to us.

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  2. Love the top -- yes, please sew a matching skirt and/or pants; that would look great.

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    1. perhaps I will - and I will wear it to come and visit you and Simplicity.

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  3. Such a cute top, and it looks great on you. A skirt that matched might have more longevity than trousers, but you might not be looking for longevity ;)

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    1. you have read my mind. I am thinking more along the lines of parachute pants.
      When I stop laughing, I may give serious thought to a skirt.

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  4. Love the top--and I vote for a matching skirt!

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  5. Love the Robin top - and the dress will look lovely once the seams are taken in.

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    1. thank you BeJay and I agree about that dress - it is so swishy and light.

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  6. One more vote for a skirt! I think it will make a great outfit!

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    1. your vote counts twice because of your Fashion knowledge.

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  7. Great top, how cool to have a pattern named after you. Floral pants scare me a bit, but a matching skirt, why not? It will look like a dress and could be the beginning of a mini wardrobe.

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    1. I know what you mean - if I sewed pants, I'd wear the outfit tongue-n-cheek.

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  8. Love the new top, the new car, AND the new haircut. (It's new too, right?)

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    1. yes! I went to a fancy shop and asked for an update to my hair :)

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  9. I agree, that haircut is FABULOUS! So cute and kicky! I might be a dissenter on the skirt, unless it's on the shorter, slimmer side. ;)

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    1. I was thinking above the knee would be best, but the only think that's good for (in my world) is the bicycling wardrobe. or tennis? I don't play tennis.

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  10. Awesome top! Love the fabric/print. Definitely go with a skirt!

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    1. taking these votes into consideration ... thinking ...

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  11. Oooh yes! Sew the pants!
    I like the square neckline on the top. It's very flattering and elevates a simple top.
    I also like your hair:-)

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  12. Love the top as far as matching pants I say go for it! a matching ankle pant would be great you could always break it up with a solid jacket for fall.

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    1. hehehe I am so tempted, even as I fear the label of Fashion Victim.

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  13. Great looking top, and yes - go for the pants. It would be an on-trend outfit!

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  14. I like the idea of Fashion Forward Fridays. Would dress up casual friday now that most are casual all week. But wait---since I'm retired it's always Comfy day.
    Renita in NC

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    1. hey I hadn't thought of that.
      People should dress UP on Fridays, just to shake things up.
      Retirees are exempt though :)

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  15. The top is cute, but the best part is to see you smiling once agin. Keep smiling!

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  16. I think Fashion Forward Fridays are a great idea - don't knock it! It would give us the impetus to try something new and different and maybe, just maybe, we'd like it. Make slim legged pants - very 1960s cocktail look and you'd look fab. A skirt is too 1980s and I lived through that decade - too recent to make a comeback!

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    1. You know - I had a couple of skirt & top combinations made from drapey prints back then and I think that is spooking me, too.
      I agree - slim legged pants seem the most fashion forward.

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  17. Cute hair! Lovely top!! Bravo!

    Absoslutely add a second piece. I vote for the gorgeous gore skirt. As mentioned above you can always add a jacket or cardi to break it up in case you wear it on a Thursday or a Monday, and not on Fashion Forward Friday, (which is now on my calendar. lol) vbg

    Hmmmm, add some pants made in a solid and you'll have a whole new wardrobe!

    You inspire me!!

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  18. ditto to all the aforementioned, great haircut and top. Enjoy your new car too.

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    1. oh I do love that Civic! It even has a little light that turns blue when I am using up too much gas. makes me a safer driver, too.

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  19. Um, I vote for the pants, I'm less hip than you and am planning the Colette slim pants in a print. Alas, I'll wear them with a solid top.

    Ann_B

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    1. the Colette pants would be lovely in a print!

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  20. "That is something I really like about NYC. You can wear whatever you want and there will be a zillion people dressed weirder than you." That rivals one of my favorite lines from a tour guide doing NY Historical Society tours in Central Park. "The population of this city s so big that you can be "one in a million" here, and still find at least 8 other people just like you."

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  21. It's freeing to be surrounded by so many different kinds of people.
    I spent the day in DC and got a similar feeling, more in terms of people from all around the world.

    I guess it depends on what you are doing in NYC. I felt like the only middle-aged blogger who had come to town to be a magazine editor!! Too bad I didn't stay long enough to meet the other 8 like me :)

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  22. Oh, definitely sew a matching piece, but I think that a skirt is a better proportion for the top than pants, but hey it's your call. I have been contemplating making something like them as well.

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    1. I'd love to see what you come up with Nancy.

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  23. How cute! I love the shape of this top!

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  24. I love the top! I'm voting for a matching skirt!

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  25. This top is just lovely! The neckline is so flattering on you. :o)

    We also had lots of crazy weather; the rain at one point was so heavy that it was making a huge racket against our windows!

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  26. Hi Robyn - great top, BTW. When I checked out your site using Google Chrome this morning I got a malware message:
    alittlesewing.blogspot.ca contains content from fashionsfromthepast.blogspot.com, a site known to distribute malware. Your computer might catch a virus if you visit this site.

    Not sure if there is a problem or not. Using Internet Explorer, there's no message....
    Thought you might want to know.
    Take care,

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    1. thank you- quite a few bloggers had that warning yesterday and I removed the link to fashionsfromthepast.
      I understand her blog is clean, so I will add her back to my blogroll soon.

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  27. Robin, Great top. Hope the weather has calmed down. Here in Seattle we had rain last night. Not that odd, but we have gone almost 50 days without rain! We almost broke the record. I vote for a skirt. You can always wear them with other things if the matchiness is too much!

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  28. OMG, I am making a very similar dress with nearly identical results. I've got a whole ton of fabric in my armpit. Ugh! And it has the same tie. So... why wasn't the tie working? I was thinking of making the exact same back alteration.

    I have put the dress in a plastic box to make it think about what it has done, and after I'm finished with the current skirt project will get it back out. Could you hurry up and finish the dress with the new back so I can see what it looks like? I think I have just enough fabric to cut down the front pieces and recut a back piece.

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    1. This cracks me up "I have put the dress in a plastic box to make it think about what it has done"

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  29. The photos of you in the Robin top are very spontaneous and vibrant. You're looking very happy these days!

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  30. I like your version of the step-daughter dress much better! What about belt loops at the waist to sport a little skinny belt?

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    1. Bonni I like the way you think :)
      But it is more of an empire waist so I am not sure that would work.
      I am loving skinny belts lately.

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  31. The Robin Top is very flattering on you, what type or fabric did you use and where did you buy it. Did you make the pants? I also like the style and fabric in Kelly's dress, I would like something similar but am undecided as to whether or not it would suit me, with age the tummy has rounded, by the way how tall are you.

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