This is sort of my default signature style piece, because it is totally the kind of thing I always like to wear and make, but I didn't set out to make it for Signature Style Week (that's the link you can follow to vote for me starting Friday!) Well, I sort of did, but I planned on making a whole outfit and really doing it right, and things just didn't happen that way. But I did finish the top, and I do love it, and here's why it's a signature piece for me:
-I like to buy fabric that grabs my attention, without really knowing what I might use it for. I loved this printed knit when I saw it online at Girl Charlee, but I'm really bad at interpreting the information they give about knits, so I didn't really know what the fabric would be like. I also never remember to pay attention to print scale when ordering online, so that was a guess too. Since I didn't know what I was going to use it for, I only ordered a yard, thinking I'd probably do something for the girl. But I really loved this soft, slinky knit when it arrived, and I wanted to keep it all for myself.
|Ah, yes. How I love to gaze out the window and ruminate.|
-I decided that what I really wanted to make was a long-sleeved cowl neck top. But I only had a yard of this fabric, and I didn't like the idea of adding in any solid fabrics. I am really picky about length--I like my tops to be longer than average, and my sleeves as well. I drafted my pattern and cut the bodice and sleeves out first (verrry verrrry carefully to maximize the fabric). I cut the sleeves short on purpose to leave some bigger pieces for the cowl, and made wide cuffs from scraps to get the length I wanted. I thought I'd figure out how big I could make my cowl when I knew how much I'd have left over.
|I thought the slight v in the back of the cowl was cool, but looking at it here|
it seems maybe a bit strange?
|One little yard, you guys!|
And bonus points that I can wear it with my favorite cardigan!
|I didn't make the cardi. I have tried to recreate it to no avail.|
Also, if you haven't been following along, you should definitely check out the final week of the REAL Project Sewn competition--voting for the remaining three talented ladies ends on Thursday, I believe!