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I am a mother, a new grandmother, and a teacher. But whatever happens in my life, I keep sewing. I have worked as a political communicator and now as a teacher in my formal life. I have also written extensively on sewing. I have been a frequent contributor and contributing editor of Threads magazine and the Australian magazine Dressmaking with Stitches. My first book Sew.. the garment-making book of knowledge will be published in May 2018 and is available for pre-order from Amazon


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Saturday, January 10, 2009

Ottobre tops finished

As promised, earlier in a busy week, here are the two Ottobre tops I finished for my SWAP.  I agonized over the longer top because I was worried about the mutton-dressed-as-lamb thing with an empirish waistline but I am pretty happy with the way this turned out. There are long ties that sort of integrate the under bust seam into a waistline and the lower part is panels, as opposed to under bust gathering so that helps too. The grey top is another version of the blue one posted earlier and I like the slight ruching at the bottom that serves as a pretty decent foil to the midriff/waistline issues that come with the territory. Easy to do with about 6" of clear elastic zig zagged into the side seams, stretched over about 8". Trick is to start the elastic about 2 1/2" above the hem so the sides don't pull up.

Pants are a product of my pant fitting experiments.
 I could wear these knit tops to teach in, they are essentially T skirts but both in nice rayon knit and with some details I think they look a little more than that, I hope.


Sigrid said...

Lovely tops, both of them, but the fabric of the second really speaks to me. Beautiful.

Barbara said...

Thanks Sigrid. I love that fabric too. I found it in a market when out of the country for work and nearly missed the tour bus running through the crowds trying to buy it (a real bargain) in about the last 10 minutes I had. Wasn't sure if the semi-empire waist was too young for me but I think the print ages it just fine.

Anonymous said...

Barbara, I love both tops. The longer tunic-top is now in my "to sew" list! I think I've made the other top, but in a short-sleeved version.

Couldn't find a SWAP thread for you?