Friday, August 28, 2009

Simplicity 2603 - DKNY Cozy Knockoff

First off, my pictures are a bit funny this time because my martini-wielding neighbor was mocking me on the lawn. He wasn't currently wielding a drink but he was mocking me. There aren't nearly as many shots as I wanted to do but you get the basic idea with these photos. Deepika started a Cardi Sew Along at PatternReview.com and I just had to join after seeing the super cozy, um, cozies.
 
 
This material is fan-freaking-tastic. It's one of the knits my husband brought back from Houston. It's a superfine merino wool.
 
The pictures speak for themselves.
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I never serge the necks/shoulders of tops like this because you have to sew precisely to match the neck and the shoulders. I hand sewed (I know!) a bias strip of purple duppioni to make the seam pretty. I should have used a knit because this will not stretch much. It seems okay though.
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With this design, you see both sides of the fabric. The wool is heathered on one side but it looks fine with this pattern. It just gives it more texture. I also hand sewed the entire hem. I know, holy shit, right? One thing the couture class taught me is that you need to treat nice fabric nicely. I have a serger and could have done a rolled hem but I always have problems with that on the seams and corners. This is not a fine rolled hem; it's pretty large. I think it looks alright though.
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I have to do a bunch of work sewing but then I have a whole list of things that need to get cranked out. I hope to be done with the work stuff by Sunday. Stay tuned.

30 comments:

marysews said...

I think it turned out great, and I like the look on your face in the last pose.

Amy said...

It looks great, Dawn. You look so nice in blue.

Jacqui said...

So not only do you machine sew fast, you hand sew faster? You're crazy! But it sure looks good!

Little Hunting Creek said...

What a beautiful top! I love the color and it looks great on you

Bug Adventures said...

So what would it take to get you to sew me a new collection of clothing when I return to school next fall?

neighbourhood.gal said...

Fabulous. I have got to get my hands on this pattern.

AllisonC said...

Fabulous, it really looks like great quality fabric even from over here! All the great versions of this definitely make me want to make one too, but I will not be hand sewing my hem I'm sure!

Antigone said...

What a great colour!!

Dana said...

Great looking cozy, LOVE that fabric!

gwensews said...

What a great wrap! Perfect for spring or fall.

Sewfast said...

Simply gorgeous! I have that pattern waiting to sew up, but I am trying to finish the white pique jacket for summer before Labor day! Grrr, I hate it when my sewing takes a back seat to work sewing!

julia said...

Love it! So many ways to wear it!

Rose said...

I enjoyed the expressions on your face in the photos! Your version of the DKNY cozy looks great. Those little details do make a difference!!

j.kaori said...

Very cool --- love the color and the style is so versatile. Hand-hemming --- bravo to you!

Lisa said...

Nice wrap!

I hope he is the "good" neighbor!

Marybeth said...

It looks beautiful - the color is really nice on you... The hand sewing makes it even more special. It's funny when you talk about your neighbor watching you take pictures - being from the "crowded" east coast I always picture Alaska as being so sparsely populated that there are miles between the neighbors...

E said...

On the shoulder seam: did you just hand sew the duippioni on after you did the seam? Or did you hand sew the whole seam?

And I'm with Marybeth - I figured you had like 200 miles to your next neighbor :-)

Sue said...

Fabuloius colour! You will get a lot of use out of that cozy!

Susan said...

Dawn,
Love the cozy! I am always so thrilled to read your posts. I petite too, I enjoy seeing your pattern choices, they are a great preview of what styles work for petite people. Thanks so much for sharing your valuable time blogging.
SusanW

angie.a said...

hahaha!! Holy shit. :D

Donna W said...

Very pretty color and it looks great on you. Love the different ways you can wear this sweater.

Paola said...

Oh! It´s erfect for fall.
Your neighbor is very fun...
And your face is very, very fun in the photos.

Tina said...

Your top looks fantastic!

Bunny said...

Great top!

Bunny said...

Great top!

Robyn said...

That's one versatile top! What is the store where he got the fabric?

equatorcollection said...

I absolutely love your cozy - the gorgeous blue, the fine looking fabric and your patient hand sewing.

Anonymous said...

If my husband ever has a conference in Houston, I'm SO emailing you and your hubby for all your Houston haul secrets. And you can feel safe in divulging them because we live so far away that we can't possibly buy up all the good stuff before your fabric buyin' genius gets it for you. Makes me almost wish my hubby's grandma still lived there.
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designdreamer said...

love it!

Jamie York said...

so i have been trying to find a cozy in royal blue for forever now. it doesnt exist. do you do custom work? if you do, i would love to commiseration you.