Crazy Lady Top

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Over the past few days I've been sewing, packing and cleaning up a storm in preparation for my New York trip and I've actually finished a few pieces but the weather has been horrible so photographing hasn't really been an option... In the meantime, I thought I'd show you this weird top I made a few weeks ago out of a piece of fabric from my neighborhood thrift store.

I love the crazy print but here's the issue, this wasn't actually a piece of yardage. I'm pretty sure it was the back piece of a jacket lining that never got sewn together.  I thought I had pictures of the original piece but I can't find them so you'll just have to imagine. It was pretty large so I figured I could at least get a Sorbetto out of it. The fabric is a crazy shiny polyester I'm assuming from the 70's?

I added sleeves and had to add a seam on the back in order to make it work with the small amount of fabric. Luckily the print is so crazy you can't really tell...

 

Here it is with a blazer, which is how I'll normally wear it due to the picture below...



This neckline is gaping like crazy! I think it could be caused by one of two reasons:

a. I forgot to staystich the edge of the blouse.
b. I used a bias facing but it wasn't actually cut on the bias because I didn't have enough fabric for that.

I intended this top to be something worn under blazers or cardigans because the print is kind of wacky and overwhelming, so I guess it will still work in that capacity.

 

Here's a close-up of the fabric. Can you see the ladies with crazy hair in the print? They're why I bought it...

Anyway, two more days before I leave for NYC! Hopefully I'll get some more finished objects up in the meantime, but get ready for some fabric porn after my trip to the Garment District on Tuesday!

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Mika
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March 13, 2012 at 1:29 PM delete

The print is so fun! I can't wait to see where you go in the Garment District... even though I live in NYC, it's almost more fun to see the shops through someone else. Plus I'm always looking for new places to visit.

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Meg the Grand
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March 13, 2012 at 2:17 PM delete

I am totally digging that print!! It looks fantastic! If the collar is bothering you, you could always try pintucks around the neckline - I've done that with some gaping blouses. It's functional and adds a little bit of decoration.

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Magpie Mimi
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March 13, 2012 at 3:33 PM delete

Wow! That print is amazing! Such a good thrifty find! Shame about the neck though, but Meg's suggestion sounds good.

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Ginger
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March 15, 2012 at 12:02 PM delete

Yay! Have fun in NYC! I'm a NYer, too, and I'm always excited to hear about visitors' experiences in the Garment District! Paron's is my favorite-- they just moved to 257 W. 39th St. They have good deals on designer remnants and always discount my purchase beyond the ticketed price.

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