Posted 18 July, 09on:
Unintentionally, I have gotten a jump start on my autumn wardrobe. I saw this top at Hungry Zombie Couture:
It is from the 05/08 issue of Burda World of Fashion.
I liked the little wrap across the waist. BWOF does not come in my size. Time to hack an Ottobre. As I was looking at v-neck patterns, I wanted to eliminate the center seam. Then it seemed like just a piece of fabric added to a plain tee.
Since it was time to make dinner, I made a quick sketch on the back of an envelope. As I sketched, a light bulb went off. The ubiquitous wrap style shirt from Ottobre! I erased the center front seam and extended the vee to a wrap style. Aha!
The fabric is a rather unusual knit that Hubski bought at Mood Fabrics in NYC. I have tried to explain to him that different is not always good when it comes to clothes.
I started with design #17 from the 05/08 issue of Ottobre Woman. Some good old fashioned draping was needed to figure out the front panel. The knot just was not working for me. The proportions did not work on my small frame. I used a “phone a friend” and asked my neighbor to take a look at it. We watch Project Runway together, so I asked her to channel Tim Gunn for me. I ended up going with my instinct, but it was nice to have someone to listen to my thought process.
In the BWOF version, the panel is applied flat in the side seams and gathered off center with a little tie. In my version, the long side of the panel is flat in the side seam, but the shorter side is pleated softly in the other side seam. I like the sort of zig zag effect. We all know that a few pleats or gathers can be a very kind thing for a middle aged tummy.
My original plan was to make a sleeveless top for the summer, but the top screamed out for sleeves. Who am I to argue with a screaming top?