Sunday, December 19, 2010

Warm and cozy - Vogue 8699 Knit Top

Baby it's cold outside. And I want to be warm and cozy inside.  That's where my latest creations comes in.

If you can't get past the fact that it looks a bit Flinstone-ish, it really is a warm and cozy knit top. Perfect to don while in the sewing studio during these cold winter months. After all, my sewing studio happens to be the second coldest room in our entire house. Just my luck, right?  At least it's not the coldest. That would be the workout room. Trust me, it's hard to get motivated to work out when you know the room you're about to enter is uncomfortably cold.

Anyway, back to this top.  I hadn't even noticed this pattern until two days ago. That's when I braved the crowds to visit my local JoAnn's to purchase a pattern. I was specifically looking for Vogue 8634. In case you're not familiar with it, that's the beautiful cowl collared knit top being created in sewing rooms across the world.  Sadly it was completely out of stock.

That's when my eye landed on this one - Vogue 8699. The cowl collar is much smaller, but who cares when there are princess seam, a "very easy" rating and separate pattern pieces for A,B,C and D cups. Perfect!

I knowingly chose to sew the top from a stable knit with very little stretch to it. So little in fact that it barely passed the back of the envelope stretch test.

I'm not even sure how to describe the fabric to you. The back side - or what I choose to be the back side - is like a waffle weave, while the front has almost a brushed finish. 

 
It may not be exactly what was suggested by the pattern company, but it works. However, it does change the look of the top - specifically the collar.

See what I mean? Instead of the soft drape it stands at attention. Of course I won't wear it like this. I just wanted to show you the stiffness of the fabric.


I think it's perfect for what I wanted.  Something comfy to wear while sewing in the cold, cold sewing studio or while cuddled up on the couch watching a movie with hubby.

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4 comments:

  1. What a great top! I can tell the weather is bad by you...you've been sewing up a storm! So when is your last day of work before Christmas vacay? I'm looking forward to more awesome pieces ~ no pressure, of course! *LOL*

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  2. I just sewed this pattern, too, and I love it. I have another one planned in a much nicer fabric than the one I just sewed (I wanted to test the pattern before using nice fabric).

    I didn't think of the Flintstones when I saw your top, but now I can't get "yabba dabba doo" out of my head. lol!

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  3. I think you will be warm and cozy in this top! I think you need it from all the snow reports I see for your neck of the woods. Now you have gotten me to want to look at the other Vogue top! That's the beauty of reading other's blogs. Hope you have a great Christmas!

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  4. I love this top. It's yum.

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