Monday, August 22, 2011

Comfort and Elegance


Having comfort and elegance together is a gift we often do not receive.



With Butterick 5606, a knit pattern I picked up last year, this proves that one can have elegance and be comfortable at the same time.

I used a very thin but weighty rayon lycra knit from Kashi in NYC.

The secret to creating some stability on this neckline was to add a folded band of self fabric, and then twin-needle it (I used a coverstitch) for extra measure. You'll see below that I used the self-fabric at the neckline, but simply turned and stitched at the armholes. I did have to reduce the armhole circumference a total of 1/2 inch on each armhole to get rid of gaping.

I wore this to work today, and it was a bit "on the edge" for my conservative workplace, being sleeveless, but I think the jewelry and high heels (not shown here, as I'm in my commuting shoes) made it acceptable.




7 comments:

patti said...

Yes, elegant--and it does look comfortable. Is the rayon solid, or slightly heathered? It's a beautiful color.

Barbara at Cat Fur Studio said...

Thanks, Patti - the knit is slightly heathered with grey and navy blue. It goes very well with my new ink blue/purple handbag!

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

This is such a pretty color on you and perfect for a summer day at work!

The Slapdash Sewist said...

Very pretty! Did you have fun experimenting with wrap methods?

Mary said...

Nice, Barbara!!

MM said...

You're so talented! I wish I could sew like that!

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