Sunday, February 7, 2010

KS 3740 - Cowl-neck Top - Another one . . .

I am still working on the KwikSew dress but whipped this up while I alter the pattern pieces. It's another KwikSew cowl neck top. I made this one from a Gorgeous Fabrics fabric I've been stashing for a year or two. It's a rayon and it's fab-u-lous. It was really hard to use because it's a border print. Forever I tried to use it to make something symmetrical. I could never find anything that I really loved. But, I think this cowl-neck top and the print is a winner. I was careful with pattern placement so the print wrapped around one side of my body. The black sleeve is actually the "wrong side" of the fabric. ETA: I did add two inches to the sleeve length at the elbow. I like my sleeves looooong. Otherwise, it's the same as the other one.
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The only part I don't love is where the back cowl connects. It's pretty abrupt. But, I'll never see it and I don't think there was any way to avoid it.
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I wanted to show you the two sides. I really like the asymmetry.ks_3740_8ks_3740_9
 
 
 
 
I'll wear this a lot. I wore the striped cowl-neck top yesterday.
 
Have you guys seen this post by Lisa over at Sew Random?? This top is for Ann. I'll be holding her in my thoughts all day and sending positive thoughts her way. :) Rock on, Ann! I don't know if I have enough of Ann's fabric to make it 12 weeks but that just means I'll have to buy more. Shucks.

33 comments:

Amanda S. said...

I like this a lot, especially with the fabric you chose. I think the symmetry is fantastic and unique. Too bad you've had this fabric in your stash so long - I'd totally buy some if she had any left.

Anonymous said...

This top is wonderful! I just bought this pattern and if I could purchase this fabric, I would do that as well. As it is, I will have to pick another from my Gorgeous Fabric stash. Thank you!
vtmartha

PepperToast said...

Thanks so much for this post. I only just started (two days ago) reading your post and I am so glad I do now. I am TOTALLY in on sewing for Ann. The twelve weeks of sewing support!

KID, MD said...

Totally amazing top!! I love the asymmetry.

Jenny said...

Awesome top! I'm rethinking border prints now. It never occurred to me to do something like this.

Lori said...

Great top again and wonderful use of fabric.

Lisa Laree said...

Very cool! I'm lovin' the way you used that print...

Kerry said...

I love, love, love this top. I love the fabric, I love what you did with it (regarding the lack of symmetry). It totally works and reminds me of one of my favorite tops from an activewear catalog:
Burnout Tee

Sew4Fun said...

Fab top! I really like how you used the print.

Soph said...

HMMM BEAUTIFUL!

Eugenia said...

Beautiful top and inspired use of this wonderful fabric.

Vicki said...

this is really cute. Love how you treated the border. Very stylish.

Anonymous said...

I have to get this pattern really soon! I love this fabric also! I like also how this cowl neck hangs. I love both of your top with this pattern!

Sue said...

That is a great way to use the border print - I love that top!

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

Great looking top and the fabric is very nice too!

Jane M said...

What a creative way to manage that print. You did a wonderful job of thinking this through for a delightful result. And bravo to you for passing along the word about sewing with gorgeous fabrics from Gorgeous Fabrics and Ann.

Bug Adventures said...

Wow Dawn, this is my favorite shirt so far. I love the way that you did the wrap around. Classy in black and gray.

subversivesewer said...

I am so impressed. This is genius!! You'll get tons of compliments on it for sure. And great idea about using Ann's fabrics! If I still had any I'd do the same thing!

Claudine said...

Fabulous! Great pairing of simple lines and fabulous fabric!

Kathi said...

I really, really like this one!! The print looks so cool on one side like that. Very nice!

E Lohroff said...

Love how you did the border print up and down!

Rosesred said...

Brilliant placement of the fabric!

Lina said...

Excellent fabric and so beautiful top!

Marie-Christine said...

I love the asymmetry too, but I think the back could look a lot less abrupt if you rotated the collar so that the seam was in line with the change in body fabrics..

Mauri said...

Love the top. The fabric is beautiful and I love how it wraps around one side. Really thinking I need to add this pattern to my stash.

Andrea said...

WOW!!! You know I'm drooling over your top, and want it.

Bunny said...

Dawn, it looks great. The fabric is fabulous and you worked that border wonderfully.

Paulette said...

The top turned out GREAT.

LOVE the hair!

Sara said...

This turned out so cool! Love your haircut, too.

Ingrid said...

Wow, that is one gorgeous top! I love the way you used the fabric. Looks very expensive RTW and boutiquey. Isn't it great when you have a challenging fabric and manage to do something really creative with it? I might just have to go and get this pattern now... LOL!

amber said...

Fabulous!

Cynthia said...

Wow! Beautiful! And an inspired way to use that wonderful fabric.

May I also suggest that everybody doing the 12-for-12 garments out of fabric from Gorgeous Fabrics during the next 12 weeks, in support of Ann until her next round of tests, also send your pics to her to be featured on her "Strut Your Stuff" gallery?

I think that would really cheer her up, even if you only manage to do a few.

Kat said...

This one's a beauty!