Saturday, October 22, 2011

Pattern Magic 3; ponytail top B


I've made an interesting little top...  
This from the marvellous book Pattern Magic 3 by Tomoko Nakamichi.  I've nicknamed it my "ponytail" top (version B), because of the way the pieces are pulled together, bunched up and held together with a sort of self-scrunchie and flow out of the other end like a girl's ponytail.  As for its real name... well my husband and I have seriously spent the last Half.  An.  Hour; pouring over Japanese character translations and come up with "pulling hair through a hole".  Could be completely wrong, but just maaaybe my nickname might be vaguely related to its true name bestowed by its Japanese designer?  If somebody actually knows and could correct my bad translation then that would be super wonderful, hehe.  
So, on the down side I think I am a failure at Japanese  :(((
But on the bright side I don't think my new top is a failure  :)
Pretty cool, no?  It has a wide, slightly cowled neckline which is quiiiite nice, but which is a wee bit flappy on my figure, so I just fold that down into the inside and it looks pretty good like that.  I considered stitching it down to the inside, but decided that isn't really necessary as it sits down nicely all by itself.  
All the seams are stitched, then the raw edges overlocked together to finish.  The raw edges of the hems, armholes and neckline were overlocked, then the allowances turned under once and topstitched in place.   Simple dimple!
I used some green cotton jersey that has been in my stash for yonks, initially intended for some St Patrick's Day thing which never got made.  And I still have a bit left over which I am in the process of transforming into a little cardi... 


Top; this is one of the designs on p58 of Pattern Magic 3, by Tomoko Nakamichi, made of green cotton jersey
Skirt; Vogue 1023, turquoise synthetic stuff, details here, and this skirt styled in 6 different ways here
Sandals; lasoffitada Gilde, from Zomp shoes


34 comments:

  1. Ooohhh I love this. I really love the cleverness of these designs. I'd also like to add that I LOVE the colours on you. They are really perfect for your colouring.

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  2. I love the interesting design of this top.

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  3. That is seriously cool, Carolyn.

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  4. Great design. I haven't caught up on PM3 yet.

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  5. I love what you do with your pattern magic books. This is such an interesting, but completely wearable top. You are so clever, and you look gorgeous in green.

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  6. You make such interesting tops from this book. I love the way this top threads through itself to make the draped knot. Looks fabulous!

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  7. Wow that's really cool! I must get book #3 as I love the first two books and your ponytail top is magic. :)

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  8. I really like that top and the colour is beautiful!

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  9. I have Pattern Magic 1 and 2 which so far are only eye candy. So I love seeing you actually make up some of the designs. This one is particularly lovely. (And your self photo, as usual, is spectacular.)

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  10. Really cool, Carolyn! I like how all the edges appear to be finished and yet it has this great inside-out feature. Sorry I can't help with the Japanese.

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  11. What a wonderful top. So simple, yet so "different".

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  12. This top is gorgeous! I have the 2 first volumes, but the third is out of print... It's in my wish list, when they reprint it, I'll buy it imediatly!

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  13. Love this top, I have to get going with something from the pattern magic book, you have inspired me.

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  14. Definitely an interesting top and very like a pony tail. I like how you put colours together. I would not think of green and blue together.

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  15. oooh, can you also make it look like the second picture, with the two ends like a bow?

    And I love the picture of you and hubby trying to translate Japanese. Kevin and I would so do this ... I think we are pretty nerdy ... (not to imply anything negative about you guys. :) )And looks like a beautiful day - I know you've been longing for spring!

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  16. Neat top! I'm in process of learning Japanese, but I'm afraid my skills aren't up to this particular translation yet. Maybe in a year or two.

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  17. I asked my daughter doing Year 12 Japanese - she could only come up with thread through hole but wasnt 100% sure - the last kunji is definitely hole though .

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  18. You might be a failure at Japanese, but this top is a winner in my book! I really like everything you make from Pattern Magic

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  19. Gorgeous, as always! Love the ponytail detail, and I really like the fabric you chose.

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  20. I love this design, and I love the botanical yet bright color you chose for it- just perfect for the design! I never knew before you posted this, but I need a top exactly like it. :P

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  21. Fabulous! I love it - it's so clever and interesting and that colour is gorgeous!!!

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  22. i loved your previous two posts about photography, its something i always think i should do better but rarely do, and as most people already said your pictures are beautiful and inspiring

    this is a great top too - still haven't tried my hand at anything from pattern magic 1, even though its always 'next' on my list in my head!

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  23. What a nifty top. Very unique and I like the shade of green. I love how you are not afraid to tackle these patterns. I am not there yet, but you encourage me in that they can be made.

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  24. Another fab photo with a fab top! My Mum would describe it as different. It may be different, but it's completely wearable and looks amazing on you.

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  25. really really cool!

    (and love the interesting mix of colors!)

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  26. Carolyn, I just wanted to let you know that I sent you an email.

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  27. Pretty! Your Japanese Patterns always look so interestingly beautiful... :) Love how your outfit coordinates with the grass and sky in the picture. :)

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  28. I love the color and the top is spectacular. Oh, if I only had more time....and fewer other inspirations vying for my time. I have the first two books.

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  29. What a cute top. Also love the bright green color. It pops even more out in front of the blue sky. Beautiful!

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  30. This top is amazing. Love ponytail detail!

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  31. My long-term houseguest (think The Man Who Came To Dinner) showed the writing but not the dress to his Japanese mother who said "Thread Escape Hole."

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  32. What a clever design, and it really suits you too. I think I need this book...

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