Saturday, September 6, 2014

ORIGAMI top from Butterick

I have fallen in love with the work of designer Katherine Tilton. I have also loved the patterns of her sister Marcy, who designs for Vogtue and have just about all their patterns.   The 3 new ones by Katherine in the Butterick line are really awesome.
I just finished Butterick 6101 and am amazed at the complicated and good looking top pattern that resulted.
As you can see in the line drawings it is completely asymmetrical and it is very hard to figure out what the pattern pieces looks like.
The only hints I can give for making up this pattern is to read the directions carefully! I just took it one step at a time, not knowing exactly what I was sewing to what, but it all came out perfectly at the end. Katherine is definitely a genius at pattern design and I am starting her other two in this collection right away.

More pics from different angles:
The back is almost "normal"!    Be back soon!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Mizono Tunic or Dress?

After making the dress version of  Vogue 1410 in my last blog post I was determined to try the tunic version, where the bottom hem is folded over almost to the armholes:
I had to do LOTS of trial pinning, folding and tucking to keep it from looking like a balloon top, in part because the silk shantung fabric I used was a bit stiff (even after washing and drying a couple times!) Here are some different versions I tried with different folds, tucks and hem lengths:
Luckily, this pattern has buttonholes to temporarily set the hem at different lengths because I still think I prefer the DRESS version......What do you think?
Next up will be some of Katherine Tilton's new patterns for Butterick so stay tuned!