This top started life as a large scarf and a denim skirt. The buttons are a also upcycled and are a mixture of steel and plastic self cover buttons of various sizes.
I had a vintage out of print simplicity (circa 1960’s) pattern…… which I modified [View 2]into a wrap style Kimono top.
(Click on the pattern image to be redirected to Vintage patterns on Wiki. )
I was surprised how easy and quick it was to sew using this pattern. It is an excellent pattern for those who want something a little different and have a few hours to spare.
As I mentioned before regarding the materials…… I used the denim skirt in the shoulder yoke, collar and the facings. Purely because I ran out of scarf (I had very very little left overs and had to place my patterns pieces wisely), and I wanted to break up the pattern a little bit rather than be swimming in a sea of turquoise. The Denim is a mix of colours (mainly blue and brown) that compliment the turquoise and rum brown design.
I chose to make this top not because i loved the pattern or the material…….. I loved the belt and it’s ridiculous length and I wanted an excuse to wear it more. Now I don’t know if this is the solution but it will work for now.
If I was to pass on any tips with this project it would have to be. Take a chance with using different textiles – I thought I was in for some trouble in feeding this sheer fabric through the machine but it sewed like a dream with no hiccups or snags and I will now be on the look out for more scarves like it. I have already picked up a few so watch this space!
Next time I use this pattern I will definitely look into lengthening the bodice into a tunic length maybe even with a men’s shirt style hemline – this top sits on the waistline and with the cross over it tends to ride up a little.
Not much else to say on this one other than I now need a skirt to go with it…….. bummer that the skirt I used in the yoke/collar/facings would have been ideal right colour, right look. Oh well back to the drafting board, I will come up with something better..