Thursday, August 6, 2015

Chocolate Love

Good afternoon everyone. I have a treat for you all. It's chocolate! I know most people love chocolate as much as I do, but it's not the kind of chocolate that you are thinking of....



I present to you Carey Top.


This is the latest top by the lovely Kennis at Itch to Stitch. I really love all her patterns, but I must say... this is by far my favorite. It is described as an elbow length, drawstring-gathered dolman sleeved top. It is quite loose fitting, with a round neckline, high/low hem and  optional contrast shoulder panels.



 My version was sewn up in some questionable chocolate brown "rayon challis" that I bought at JoAnn's. The weight felt like challis, but it didn't really look like challis. It is very lightweight and pressed very well. The fabric did fray quite a bit, but I handled that problem with my good ole' serger. When I saw the line drawings, I had to come up with some inspiration. I did see myself sewing it in a lightweight fabric and wearing it in the summer with shorts. Although, the fabric is just barely heavy enough to last me through the fall and possibly in the winter with a jacket. So I went searching... and here's what I came up with for inspiration:


These ladies look awesomely cool. Much cooler than I will ever look. But I then pressed forward to create my look.

Now there's a story that goes behind this fabric. When I purchased the fabric, I didn't have a project in mind. However, when the test pattern came up, I knew that fabric would be perfect. But just one small, teeny, tiny problem....... I HATE THE COLOR BROWN.
 

Ugh. So I attempted to dye it black. So I took my little self to the store and bought some black fabric dye, and started the dying process. While dying the fabric, I envisioned myself looking all cool and stuff in my BLACK dolman sleeved top, wearing shades, walking downtown Chicago. I'm so cool. I got super excited. I followed the process all the way through; soaked it in the dye bath, rinsed until clear, dried it in the dryer. As soon as I hear the beautiful chime of my dryer finishing, I ran downstairs to see the great work that I accomplished, only to find out that when I pulled it out of the dryer, it was still brown. Really?

 Oh well... brown it is.




Construction wise, it was a breeze. Kennis' instructions were clear and concise. Her method of creating the hems for the sleeves along with the channels for the drawstring were quite clever. I remember thinking that I was doing it all wrong, but in the end, it all made sense.  Since this top is very loose fitting, no bust adjustments were needed for me, which is a pleasantly, welcome surprise.

























I sewed a size 2, with no adjustments at all. The length was perfect for my 5 foot 1 frame. I paired the top with white eyelet shorts that I've had for ages, brown guess sandals, and topped it off with a gorgeous gifted necklace. I think the necklace really brings the whole outfit together.



 I had fun sewing this top. From printing to finishing, it took me about 4 hours. Not only did I have fun sewing the top, I also had fun with my photo shoot:







 
























Man just look at that hair flying in the wind!  


I was actually "skipping", if you wanna call it that.

All in all, I have to say that this is one of my favorites. I plan to make many more, and I even have a longer dress version planned. I highly recommend going on over to Itch to Stitch and pick it up right away it's 20% off and if you purchase 2 or more patterns using the coupon code itchmail, you get an additional 15% off your whole order! Yeah! This offer expires August 12th.


Until next time








1 comment :

  1. I must say I really like the brown on you. I love the boho carefree style of this top. I like what you did so much I might even put down my book and dust off my sewing machine.

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