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