My quick attempts at some summer tops ended up as flops. Oh well. We had some pretty warm weather here last month and I had a grand total of one camisole that fit me, so I thought it would be a great idea to whip up a couple of lightweight linen sleeveless tops to wear in the warmth. I started by drafting a new basic block (since I’m a different size and shape than my pre-pregnancy block) for myself and sewed it up in a salmon linen I had in my stash. It’s okay. I’m not enamored with the armholes or the fit through the upper back, but it’s wearable and decent for a first draft. I’m still exploring what silhouettes work well on my current body and I’m finding that, having gotten back a little bit of waist definition, I want to wear things that show I have a little bit of a waist otherwise I feel large all over and this draft doesn’t show any waist.
Right after I sewed the mediocre salmon linen top, Cashmerette released her Springfield Top. My current measurements put me at the smallest size in her patterns, so I thought I would give it a shot as I really didn’t feel like futzing with fit (which would have been required by fixing my first block draft and any other pattern would require some sort of FBA right now). I went ahead and cut the pattern out some blue and white stripe linen with floral contrast panels in the back and went straight to french seams. And then I put on the top and it didn’t fit. The front is fine (I didn’t finish it so the neckline and armholes would finish 1/2″ in from where they are now). Unfortunately, the back is quite a bit too wide through the upper back. I’ve heard nothing but good things about the fit on her patterns, so it seems that I just don’t have the right shape. Another bust and, unfortunately, not worth fiddling with to make fit since I sewed all those french seams and summer is drawing to an end.
Finally, I took back a knit top that I knit last summer and immediately gave to my mom. I wanted to knit a tank top as a stashbuster for some random fingering weight yarn leftovers. I stupidly chose Villeneuve by Espace Tricot, not because there is anything wrong with the pattern, but because I knew the shape wasn’t one that I liked. I like cut-in backs on my figure but really don’t like cut-in fronts. Or at least, I didn’t on my old skinny pear figure. My mom has a much curvier figure and I thought it was flattering on her, so it became hers. I thought it might work on my current figure, and it’s certainly better than before, but I’m still not enamored with where and how it clings to me, so it went back to mom. Oh well.
I’ll leave you with a picture of me and my cutie muffin hamming it up for the camera to counter the RBF I have in the other photos! Her romper (that I knit) is a win and the bra I’m wearing is also a win, so I’ll blog about them very soon!