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Trying to make it work...

Added May 20, 2017

by Elpida Kyriakou

Athens, Greece






“Trying to make it work…” This is my motto this period, at work, at home, even at sewing…
I was fascinated by that bold floral fabric. I counted 12 different birds and bugs on it and such details make me crazy…
I wanted to make an off shoulder top. I decided to try the blouse from the 12/2016 issue in order to avoid the rubber bands around the shoulders, as they don’t usually stay in place. But I didn’t like the way the loose fitting band was hanging around the shoulders. No problem, I cut a few cm and here is a perfectly fitting band! But then I realised that, after my “smart” modification , I couldn’t pass my arms through the armholes! I hate fixing such silly mistakes….
When I had finished, I decided I that the contrasting orange band was probably too much, but it was late. I still had some fabric left so, following my motto, I made the second top from the 3/2017 issue. But I like it even less…. Anyway, the fabric was over…
Then I tried my first culottes. I loved that pattern but I don’t like the result at all. I think it would look good only on very slim waisted women. And the tie at the front was a disaster…
Anyway, I keep trying to make things work….

Material Notes

Viscose marocaine for the top, crepe for the pants





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    Jul 3, 2018, 06.04 AMby mitaoxa

    Pleated Culottes → Sorry, I have some problem with this pattern. I can’t match the back block and front block in the inner side. Did you ever get this problem in the pattern?

    thank you!

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      Jul 3, 2018, 06.04 PMby Elpida Kyriakou

      It’s been a year ago, but I don’t remember encountering any problem…Sorry I can’t help…

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      Jul 4, 2018, 12.35 AMby mitaoxa

      ok~ thank you for your reply~

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      Jul 13, 2018, 08.23 AMby lizao90156

      You have to stretch the back inner sides to match the front inner sides.

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    Jun 29, 2017, 03.14 PMby shela

    Elpida, the blouses are beautiful on you so are the culottes. The colors are marvelous you did a wonderful job.

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    Jun 14, 2017, 11.32 AMby hello Itsme

    absolutely excellen, stunning finished look, vibrant fabrics! =))

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    Jun 10, 2017, 10.58 PMby Madcinderella

    Great tops and I LOVE the culottes! :D

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    May 30, 2017, 11.51 AMby lisascarolina

    You look beautiful in all three, but I especially like the top with the contrasting band! Hope you may come to like these a little more and enjoy wearing them. :)

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    May 29, 2017, 07.39 PMby ellie-sew

    So, so beautiful! The combos are perfect and the style is totally yours! The culotte is very sophisticated and the combo with the skinny jeans has a very fresh and girlish look. Both looks great on you!

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      May 29, 2017, 07.57 PMby Elpida Kyriakou

      Thank you very much Ellie! At the moment I’m very excited “sewing for Berlin” but I’ve just realised that the weather is rather cool up there and my summer collection includes no sleeves at all! Do I need a jacket at the end of June?

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    May 29, 2017, 07.24 PMby TeenyUK

    That floral fabric is just gorgeous – the print is so vivid. And it matches the culottes perfectly. I think you look fab in both outfits, Elpida!

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    May 28, 2017, 05.46 PMby liliv-1

    Δε θα συμφωνησω μαζι σου σε κανενα απο τα τρια παραπονα. Το πορτοκαλι απογειωσε το πρωτο τοπ, οσο για το δευτερο μου αρεσει λιγοτερο αλλα κανει ενα πολυ κομψο συνολο με το παντελονι το οποιο εφαρμοζει πολυ ωραια! Προφανως εχεις αγχος και κουραση απο τις πανελληνιες γιατι και τα τρια ρουχα ειναι που ωραια! Ασε που μπορεις να κανεις πλακα στον κοσμο με δυο τοσο παρομοια τοπ!

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      May 29, 2017, 07.49 PMby Elpida Kyriakou

      Ευχαριστώ Βασιλική. Έχω μπλέξει άσχημα… Μέχρι που σκέφτηκα να φτιάξω ένα ρούχο με ολοκληρώματα και παραγώγους…Σε δύο βδομάδες λευτερώνομαι και θα το γιορτάσουμε δεόντως!

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      May 30, 2017, 12.39 PMby liliv-1

      Μη δίνεις ιδέες γιατί είναι το μόνο που δεν έχει βγει σε dolce&gabanna! Τις προάλλες έβλεπα φορέματα με βυζαντινές εικόνες πάνω αλλά και βαθύ σκισιμο! Καλή επιτυχία σας! Μια βδομάδα έμεινε μόνο! Ότι θα το γιορτάσουμε είναι σίγουρο, γιατί κι εγώ εδώ κι ένα μήνα έχω πάρει μόνο ένα κομμάτι ύφασμα! Φιλάκια!

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    May 27, 2017, 08.03 PMby Stacyco

    2 lovely variant tops! I like both. Cool projects!

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      May 29, 2017, 07.45 PMby Elpida Kyriakou

      Thank you very much Stacy! I love your projects and really appreciate your comments:-)

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    May 27, 2017, 01.10 PMby Eli Cat

    I missed your new project! I really love both styles. Thank you for the inspiration.

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    May 25, 2017, 12.13 AMby izbott

    Elpida, the fabric choice is gorgeous. You look good in culottes. I haven’t tried them but now I see you and changed my mind. The higher waist sure looks comfortable too. Your wedge shoe is perfect for the look. I like your sewing projects and how you styled it :-)

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    May 22, 2017, 10.48 PMby Maria Loupa

    Ελπίδα , μου αρέσει πάρα πολύ το πρώτο μπλουζάκι πάνω σου , τονίζει πολύ όμορφα τους ώμους σου απλά επειδή είναι έντονο το έχεις συνδυάσει πολύ ωραία με τζιν. Το ζίπ κυλότ είναι τέλειο, το είχα ερωτευτεί όταν το είδα στο περιοδικό και είναι στα άμεσα σχέδια μου Μάλλον περνάς φάση και τα βλέπεις όλα στραβά! ….έτσι είμουν και εγώ πριν από λίγο καιρό, ίσως είναι όλη αυτή η κατάσταση που περνάμε όλοι μας και σαν χώρα……

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      May 23, 2017, 11.58 AMby Elpida Kyriakou

      Ευχαριστώ Μαρία. Η ζιπ κιλότ είναι αφόρετη. Δε μ’ αρέσει καθόλου. Σε σένα θα πηγαίνει περισσότερο, είαι πιο λεπτοκαμωμένη. Όσο για τη φάση που λες…Δίκιο έχεις…. Όταν τελειώσουν οι πανελλήνιες θα συνέλθω.

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    May 22, 2017, 12.50 PMby SurMesure

    This viscose fabric is just fabulous, and both tops are lovely. I also may try the culottes pattern, I like the fit on you.

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      May 23, 2017, 02.28 PMby Elpida Kyriakou

      Thank you! I think the culottes will look much better on you.You have the right figure for them.

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    May 22, 2017, 11.01 AMby Frenchy-C

    I Love all 3 projects you made. I find the culottes fit you well and the red trim on the blouse is amazing. Maybe because it is my fav colour, definately my favourite piece of your creations. Happy sewing xxx

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    May 22, 2017, 08.18 AMby Ivanamania

    I completely get it “trying to make it work and keep trying, never give up”. Anyway, these all makes look fabulous. And I think you are wrong about the culottes; high waist is very flattering for us curvy women with no tiny waists. In photos these culottes look really good on you!

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      May 23, 2017, 02.20 PMby Elpida Kyriakou

      Thank you so much! This period I’m stuggling in several fronts and I’m sewing a lot (late at night) to keep the balance…

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    May 21, 2017, 11.16 PMby elenaakish

    Wow, that trio is gorgeous! And how amazing is the fabric. It all looks fabulous on you.

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    May 21, 2017, 10.09 PMby cchristie

    The top with the orange trim is very striking. For me, the orange trim and the birds fabric go together really well. The culottes are perfect for the summer, as is the bird fabric top. I like all 3 of these items, but for me, the winner is clearly the orange trimmed top. It is such a wonderful, stand out piece!

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      May 23, 2017, 02.29 PMby Elpida Kyriakou

      Thank you! That fabric was indeed a great find!

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    May 21, 2017, 10.42 AMby Mary Athey

    I love all three items elpida and you look fab in every photo. The two tops are gorgeous and you do suit the cullotes which are so stylish . Xx

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    May 21, 2017, 09.29 AMby Maria Hayek

    Are you kidding? I love them all on you. Especially the culottes and elasticated blouse. They’re gorgeous.

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      May 23, 2017, 02.37 PMby Elpida Kyriakou

      Thank you Maria but I’m not kidding! I still adore the fabric but I have never worn the culottes and the elasticated blouse…

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    May 21, 2017, 08.37 AMby chula123

    Just like Beccki I am glad to see those tops made by someone and looking at your versions, I most definitely want to try the 3/17 pattern now!!!

    you look lovely in all your versions :-))

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      May 22, 2017, 09.53 PMby Elpida Kyriakou

      Thanks Chula! That top is easy and breezy, a little bit too roomy and as I expected , the rubber bands don’t stay in place…I’d love to see your version :-)

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    May 21, 2017, 07.53 AMby Doth

    I think we like the same patterns. I also made the top of the december issue in a floral fabric. I admit that the loose band it’s quite strange in the beginning, but It stays in place wearing it. I also looked at the culottes, but finally I decided not to make them because I tought I first had to loose a lot of weight ;-) I regret this decision when I see your result. You look fabulous in this combination!

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      May 22, 2017, 09.48 PMby Elpida Kyriakou

      Please, post your top! I’d love to see it. I think that the problem with the culottes is that the waist is too high and the pleats and the tie add even more bulk at the area….I think that pattern 102 from the May issue would look much better. I may give it a try…

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      May 23, 2017, 07.17 PMby Doth

      I promise that I will post photographs this weekend!

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    May 21, 2017, 07.33 AMby Beccki

    I’m so glad you’ve made both of these tops because I’ve been debating whether or not to make them and in my opinion they look amazing Elpida, I especially love the red band on the first top and the fabric you have chosen is so beautiful, the culottes look cool to, great outfit.

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      May 22, 2017, 09.43 PMby Elpida Kyriakou

      I think that this summer everyone should have an off shoulder top. They look flattering but I think they aren’t very practical…. Actually, you have to fix the top every time you raise your arms…

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    May 21, 2017, 04.43 AMby Ellen Hatteland

    I love your floral top! You look beautiful in colors and with the orange band it’s Lovely! Your culottes looks fab on you too :)

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