Added Mar 1, 2011
I was initially sceptical as to how well the trapezoidal, dartless pattern for this top would contort over a curved, 3d figure. I’m drawn to simple lines with minimal structure, and this pattern has evidently worked for others on this site so I gave it a shot. A black Italian Crepe de Chine was used, which once constructed proved to be a bit too blandly minimalist – even for me. Just as well I found a trim which provided just the edge I needed, and tickles my soft spot for hardware, in addition to adding length. Best of all, the fringing gives it some weight and movement (it swings fantastically when I walk). I cut a self bias (raw edge) to finish the neck and armhole edges as folding them made the fabric warp unnaturally leaving an ungainly finish in this fabric.
Overall the trim is the defining feature of this top. My verdict? The Port Elizabeth is a great canvas to exercise creativity via the addition of style features due to its simplicity. Alternatively, dramatic fabrics such as bold prints, embellished fabrics and lightweight brocades can be showcased to stunning effect in the simplest of styles.
Silk Crepe de Chine; fringing with fine chain detail.
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