Yes… I really am feeling a bit like a flower power hippy chick in the top I made using the Katherine Tilton Vogue 8691 pattern.
For this top I chose to use a black jersey knit fabric with a stretch lace overlay. I made the Cake wrap top from the same black jersey knit fabric which you can see here
The pattern didn’t call for an overlay but I’ve so been wanting to use this lace which I purchased from Spotlight on my trip to Perth and thought this pattern could be the perfect project to try it out on and the lace really needed an underlining as it’s a little too sheer for me to wear on it’s own.
I hand basted and then stitched the lace overlay to the jersey knit fabric in the side seams around the sleeves, and the neckline leaving the lace to fall loose on it’s own around the princess seams and the hem area. I also chose to leave the front centre as an opening so it could flow and move freely on it’s own and break up the lace a little. The reason I stitched the lace into the side seams and neckline areas was because the lace has far more stretch than the jersey knit fabric and I thought it would help give a little more stability and stop it from stretching out too much.
Here’s what the Katherine Tilton Vogue 8691 pattern is meant to look like
And where did the Katherine Tilton pattern come from?
Well I’m glad you asked… because this is one of the patterns I received in the Plus Size Pattern Pyramid I won and received from LisaH over at Sew On and Sew On
Here’s all the wonderful patterns I received from LisaH
I made a promise to sew what I kept from the Plus Size Pattern Pyramid…
The Katherine Tilton Vogue Pattern is one of the patterns I decided to keep and I’m happy to report I’ve kept the promise I made. There is one other pattern I’m definitely keeping from this collection. Maybe you can guess which one it is… actually there could be two more that I decide to keep. I’ll make my final decision this weekend when I’ll share a blog post and host the next Plus Size Pattern Pyramid competition.
The reason I haven’t launched the Plus Size Pattern Pyramid as of yet is I’ve been waiting for the 2nd Plus Size Pattern Pyramid I won from Funnygrrl at Falling Through Your Clothes to arrive from overseas and host a competition for the two of them at the same time. But seeing as though the post has been a little slow I’ve decided I’ll give it til this weekend and if it doesn’t arrive by then I’ll just run the competition for the patterns I received from LisaH over at Sew On and Sew On
Ok… back to the top I made
I made a little booboo but I can live with it!
I made a bit of a booboo with the centre front seam on the black knit jersey and added the iron on interfacing for the centre front zipper version. That’s what you get when you dont’ read the instructions fully and don’t focus on what you’re doing and engage in Twitter conversations while you’re sewing LOL. The result is the centre front seam on the black jersey knit is a little stiff and a little wavy but ah well I can live with it and it was too hard to try to remove (I did try and gave up) and couldn’t be bothered to cut out and redo the centre front pattern pieces. A little slack of me and not something I would normally do but hey these things happen sometimes.
Where’s the neckband?
The original pattern had a neckband and I had initially attached it but the jersey knit fabric cut on grain had very little stretch and this is the result I got… not a pretty site so I removed it and just turned the neckline over and stitched it down using a coverstitch. The black jersey knit fabric had far better stretch on the crossgrain and I’m sure it would have turned out great if I had of added it again but I actually think the top looks better without the black neckband attached. I also could have changed the neckline to a V neck line instead of the scoop and I think the black neck band would have looked a little more flattering.
Oh by the way this is Elle modelling for us today... I’ll have to share more about Elle in another blog post as she’s my latest duct tape dress form that I placed over the top of my adjustable dress form. She still needs a little prettying up as she’s not the prettiest thing you’ve ever seen when she’s not wearing any clothes LOL… but she has all the same lumps and bumps as I do now so she’s working like a dream machine in my sewing room and not just being used as a clothes hanger and dust collector.
For each of the princess seams and sleeve hem I used the coverstitch feature on my Babylock Evolution serger instead of twin needle sewing as the pattern suggests. I figured it would be a good opportunity to take advantage of the extra feature on my serger and give it a test run. Overall I’m pretty happy with the coverstitch but still think I’d like to have a separate coverstitch machine. Might just have to add one to my wish list for Santa this xmas.
And here’s the rear view
… it wouldn’t be the same if I didn’t share a pic of my rear end
The pattern has long sleeve but I can’t help myself but pull them up a little… the hemline has a raw edge finish.
Where’s the Flounce?
There’s meant to be a flounce on the hem but after I attached it (basted) I really didn’t like the look so I decided to remove it. I should have taken a pic before I did so as you could have seen what it looked like. I’m thinking that had I made the shorter version of the top the flounce would have looked quite alright. The back of the top is a little longer than the front and with the flounce added this seemed to emphasis it even more as well as the angles on the hemline.
Overall I’m quite happy with this top as it’s super comfortable and hides my lumps and bumps quite well.
It does show a little clevage when I bend over but not too much….Had I added the neckband this wouldn’t have been an issue.
…. except when Zoe jumps up for some attention and pull my top down a little. Luckily I had a pink bra on and it blended in well with my flower power hippy chick top LOL
Would I make this pattern again?
Actually I probably will and might change the neckline to a V as I think it’s a little more flattering on me.
Plus Size Pattern Pyramid competition post coming this weekend!
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This is what came to me… and you’ll receive all of these minus the couple that I keep for myself but I’ll be sure to add a couple of great ones to the collection for you.