For years, every time I went to my local fabric shop, I looked longingly at this vintage red plaid wool voile fabric (I think I’m the only person that buys anything in that part of the store, so stuff lasts a while!). Last week, I finally just bought it! I’m not sure what drew me to this fabric–red is not a color I wear very often, but something grabbed me, so I finished the bolt with a bit less than 2 yards.
Of course, I had to find a pattern to go along with it, so I settled on McCalls M7284 (view A), which is a high-low, unfitted blousey top. The yoke in the front was a total pain to sew, and mine isn’t done particularly well, but I’m just letting it go.
I had to spend some time pattern matching the plaid, but it wasn’t that bad.
All but the armscye seams are Frenched–I was feeling grumpy about the top at the moment I inserted the sleeves, so I didn’t feel like messing with French seams there so they are simply overlocked. Does anyone else go through that stage in a sewing project where the novelty has worn off and it’s maybe not fitting or looking just right, and you just start rushing through the rest? Or is that just me? 🙂 At least I finished it, and didn’t just throw it in the bin!
So this top isn’t the most flattering, though it looks better in the photos than I was seeing in the mirror. It’s comfy and goes well with jeans, so that’s all that matters, right? The slightly sheer fabric makes it feel a bit more modern and interesting. Overall, it gets a B+, I think.
Glad I finally just bought that lovely fabric and got it out of my system. On to the next project!