|My apologies if you actually like any of this and I've accidentally insulted you.|
I did save this one piece, though -- it's a border print, and not quite as garish in color or print as the rest. I thought it could at least be used as a (wearable?) muslin for a cowl-necked top. I took my not-a-Renfrew block, traced, slashed, and spread according to this tutorial, and ended up with this top. For a quick experiment in a meh fabric, it turned out pretty well. In the future, I'm going to spread my slashes a little more for a more pronounced drape, as well as lower the front neckline. Right now it looks a little odd, like I started tying a bandanna around my neck, only it somehow expanded and morphed into an entire top (oh gosh, doesn't that sound like the worst horror movie ever? You find a mysterious bandanna, so you try it on, only to find that it envelops your body and you can't take it off, ever, and the worst is that it's non-breathable, shiny polyester! Duhn duhn duhn!!!)...but then, that might just be the admittedly Walmart-bandanna-esque kelly green and floral print.
|The back is pretty uninspiring. Also, if I'm adding so much extra fabric to the front, is there |
a way to get the top to be less baggy, while still being able to cut the pieces on the fold?
|Paired with my Leonora shorts.|
Fabric: 2/3 yard of a border print poly-spandex fabric. Tissue-thin, slightly shiny, and mortal enemies with my machine.
Hours used: Less than one, since there was no finishing involved...it was literally four seams, that's it!
Will you make this again? I would like to try this again with a better fabric, but with the changes I mentioned above. And I am definitely never using this type of fabric again, not even if it's printed with kittens vomiting Lego bricks onto a stack of SF/F books. Well, actually, this imaginary fabric I just described sounds pretty compelling.
Total cost: free!
Final thoughts: For an experiment, it turned out fairly well, but I'm not convinced I want to keep this top. I'd like to think I've moved on from me-made garments with raw edges, you know? I'm also dubious about the color and print -- after reading Steph's posts about colors that flatter, I'm trying to pay more attention to the colors that work for me.
So, do I keep this top, or send it to join the others of its kind in the donation pile?