I decided to make some new work tops, so I pulled out my trusty HotPatterns Cote D’Azur pattern. It has previously been blogged here and here…even with a countdown of what makes it so great! I actually started two on this go around, but one made me mad enough to go in the trash, so only one was finished.
Let’s talk about the trashed one first… I was making it out of the same fabric as this cote d’azur that was made a couple of years ago.
That fabric is chintzy, difficult to work with and, overall just a real pain in the hiney. When stitches don’t work, it’s nearly impossible to pull them out without causing chaos in the fabric. If you look closely at the hem above, you can see that there were white marks…that’s what happen when you unstitch. I had the top almost done (after fighting with it almost every step of the way), when I was hemming the sleeve and it got sucked down into my faceplate. I tried to get it out gently…but there just wasn’t any of that, so I ended up ripping a hole in it. Ugh. At that point, I was done. The finished top above never got much wear because somehow a hole appeared in it, right at center front, and then the color faded really quickly. Since I figured this would fade quickly, I didn’t waste too many brain cells on pitching it.
Now, on to the good! Here’s the finished top!
I had just enough ITY leftover from a dress to make this. I was so happy! I was considering making the sleeves/neckband a different color, but I didn’t need to do that. My neckband is pieced, but it’s ok and with that print no one will ever notice. This top knocks it out of the park for me and I’m quite pleased with it. I know it will get a lot of use in my wardrobe. 🙂
Next up, I’m considering one more work top to replace the trashed one, perhaps the boatneck from Jalie 2005. I made one of those years ago, and unfortunately I forgot to add length so it was too short and didn’t get nearly as much wear as it deserved. I have some magenta ITY type fabric that I think would work out well, so we’ll see. I might work on it later tonight if I still have energy.