Monday, July 30, 2007

Hot Patterns for Hot Days

This is about as 'instant' as you can get when it comes to instant gratification.

The back story. Last week, I went to my local Nordstrom and Nieman Marcus. As is usual, when I visit these retail paradises (or is it 'paradii'?), I come home with some goody ideas. This idea was one of them.

Lucky for me, I had Hot Patterns' "No Sweat Easy Sew Butterfly Top" in my inventory. (Thanks to Ann of Gorgeous things for suggesting this to me - since I'm 5 feet 9 inches tall, with broad shoulders, this is a great pattern for me.)

SO...I whipped out some sage/grey rayon lycra from Kashi of Metro (prewashed and dried in anticipation of times like this), traced this pattern (one size smaller than I normally wear) and got to it.

The instructions were easy. The only trouble I had was with the sleeve hems. I had decided to do a rolled hem with my serger, in lieu of a turned and stitched hem. No problem. The hard part was getting my serger set up. I usually leave the serger in the '3 thread seam overlock', but had to convert it, to 'three thread rolled hem'. That took an hour. A long frustrating hour. Even Midge the cat left the room due to the frustration in the air during that time. Other than that, you can see the results. Easy to sew. Easy to wear. Light and comfortable in the hot July/August weather in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Love this pattern! I really love it. I love LOVE LOVE it! LOVE IT! Do you understand? I really do LOVE this pattern. Really.

12 comments:

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

As you should! This top looks great on you. And I am sure it is perfect for the humid and hot days that are coming!

Bonnie D. said...

What a flattering top on you! It really is lovely.

I hate those kind of serger days! Wouldn't it be so cool to have a "serger assistant" to get the serger set up and ready to go?

Erica B. said...

I love this pattern! It looks fantastic on you!

Liana said...

This is so cute on you! I love the color, and wouldn't this be cute with many different sleeves, too?

Suzy said...

The top looks wonderful - though I am curious - what type of paper do you do your tracing on? Wrapping tissue? Newsprint?

Barbara at Cat Fur Studio said...

Thanks! I use the clean side of used blueprint paper. It's nice thick paper, and the sheets are generously sized. (My husband is in construction, and he brings the old blueprints home for me.)

Gorgeous Things said...

What's not to love? It looks phenomenal on you!

Anonymous said...

You should love it as it obviously loves you!
Rubydarling

Lisette M said...

Such a pretty top! I have been wanting this pattern but I am afraid my narrow shoulders will not do justice to this pattern.

Nancy W. said...

Thanks for this review. I love the way this looks on you.

woodelf said...

That is one gorgeous top! =)

gaginny said...

I have this pattern and have intended to make it up.....all summer I meant to do this and now here it is autumn .....well maybe next year. Yours looks terrific!