It’s done! #3 for the mini-wardrobe contest. This is my mish mash combo of the Jalie Scarf top pattern and BWOF 08-2008-125. I debated about whether to do inverted pleats or just plain pleats, and the plain won out for this iteration at least. In actuality, I finished this minus hems like a week ago, but I didn’t want to shorten it until I checked the final length with my skirt since I’ll be wearing this tucked in (gasp!).
I chose this red violet rayon lycra jersey from JoAnn. The quality I’m not confident about, but it’s a lovely color and I couldn’t find anything close at Denver Fabrics when I was looking for inspiration. It just happens to be really close in color to the buttons on my jacket which is perfect to tie things together. I got a glance at the bolt, and the color was labeled “beaujolais.” Usually I’m not a wine-colored sort of girl, but this did match the buttons really well, and it’s growing on me. I won’t, however be ousting my blues and aquas for it anytime soon.
Pattern Mish Mashed Pleated Panel knit top
What I learned:
1. Pattern mish mashing is highly entertaining: I’ve read about people mixing patterns for a while now, but I’ve never had the nerve to try it myself. This was a good stretch for me to figure out how to make this thing work, and honestly, it wasn’t too hard. The worst I had to lose was some icky knit fabric I use for testing knit patterns, so I went to town. The probabilities of me doing more of this are high.
2. Seam intersections are occasionally fussy: When I was in the muslin stage, I connected my seams on the front horizontally. Because I lined the bodice when I got to the final stage, I connected things vertically. I wouldn’t think this would make a difference, but my seam intersections at CF are not as perfect as I would like them to be. Rather, it took several attempts to get them as close to perfect as I could get them.
3. Put down the needle!: I’m particular when it comes to pleating. I like them to be free floating in space, but I like the control of having them being tacked down, and this top was no exception. Usually when I use pleats as a design feature, I end up tacking them down by hand and lining them, as I did here instead of topstitching them into place. I like the dimensionality, and I like that I can keep things invisible. Unfortunately, the knit stretches (shocker) on my body, so what was invisible when I was pleating it in the flat, is not entirely so when on me. This could’ve been resolved if I was pleating on a dress form, but Tina is in no shape for this kind of work. I still like the look, but next time I will topstitch for the sake of variety.