Added Apr 14, 2010
London, United K...
This is my “First day at work!” top. It’s Vogue 1170 done in slippery slinky shifty jade green silk. Probably the most challenging piece I’ve done so far. I love the shoulder ties and the sectioned, button-up back. Plus the new job is going good to so there isn’t much to complain about.
Pounamu is the Maori name for New Zealand Greenstone (jade).
Because the fabric shifts and because it was so light it was very difficult to get it through my machine with pins and get good seams (all of which were tiny French seams). Instead I hand basted all the seams first (getting the tensions correct was fun!), put it through the machine and then pulled all the bastes out. This shirt taught me levels of patience I’ve never had before.
The pattern was rather weird looking, especially at that front knot, so I didn’t do any pattern adjustment to begin with. I cut a size 10, even though the pattern called for a size 12, because it was supposed to be ‘very loose’. However the 10 was still a slightly odd fit. It hung huge around my waist but is close to tight around my arms. I omitted the gathers under the arm partly due to the fit and partly because for some reason my stitching failed to hold the gathers in (despite about 5 attempts). In the end I brought in the side seams a bit to get a nicer fit. If you were to attempt this pattern I would recommend checking the waist in the back, because it seems like more could come out of the back pieces then the front. Other changes you might consider are adjusting that knot position so you don’t get as much keyhole-cleavage. It’s just on the line for work appropriateness, on my scale.
I am keen to do this project again, but adjusting the waist, the knot and also the peak of the ties on the shoulder. I think they are good low with a soft flowy fabric like this silk, but should be higher up on anything with a bit more body.
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