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Drapey Roses - more or less!

Added Jun 15, 2011

by ajtak7171

Vienna, Austria






Though this top looks like a neck-holder top, it actually isn’t! While I love the neck-holder-look from the front, I don’t like it so much from the back. It makes my back look even wider than it is already, and I also don’t like the pressure on my neck. I used a neck-holder top I own as a base for the pattern and added the little braid in the back. Another special feature are the strings in the side seams, with which you can turn this into a shorter top with more draping, or wear it as a dress. I love the shape and idea of this piece, but my execution is not so grand. I HAVE to explore my serger and learn how to handle it. More on my Blog Of Dreams and Seams




Garment Type
Beach, Casual, Romantic

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    Jun 15, 2011, 04.52 PMby aluckmann

    Wow, great job with this! I love the first two ways to wear this (a dress or longer tunic-style shirt). The T-strap braid down the back is a great way to give a better shape. I also dislike the way halter style tops can give the appearance of a wide back, so I love the you created a solution :)

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      Jun 16, 2011, 07.44 AMby ajtak7171

      Thank you very much! Seems like a lot of women feel that way – I will try to perfect this pattern and hopefully share it with you soon.

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    Jun 15, 2011, 03.08 PMby robygiup

    It looks wonderful both as dress and as top! I know working with jersey is not easy… keep on trying!!! :)

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      Jun 16, 2011, 07.45 AMby ajtak7171

      Thank you! I will – I just got a book about “serging” in the mail today :-)

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    Jun 15, 2011, 10.55 AMby irmchen

    What’ s wrong with your workmanship? I am with you… love the idea of the piece. Love the dress-version.

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      Jun 15, 2011, 11.28 AMby ajtak7171

      Thank you! Well, if they were really obvious, I wouldn’t post this here :-) So far though, all my jersey things are a touch less precise than I like it…

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    Jun 15, 2011, 10.43 AMby ichigogirl

    Really nice!

    I see no sign of any serger flaws… but I have the same issue (knowing it could be just so much more useful/efficient with the right skills).

    The strings in the side-seams are just like the ones in my shorts for Bikram-yoga that I plan to upload in the near future. This is a much better use for them though, in my shorts they’re mainly there for decoration, not versatility.

    Great work!

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      Jun 15, 2011, 11.28 AMby ajtak7171

      Thank you – can’t wait to see the shorts! I imagine the versatility in the shorts could come to a good use, too… The photos are forgiving – up close there are definitely some – slight – flaws that don’t please my love for precise work…

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