Friday, August 03, 2012

How low can you go - Vogue 1282 Donna Karan knit top

When Vogue 1282 was first released I couldn't wait to get my hands on it!   

But not enough to pay full price. So I waited patiently (kinda) for a pattern sale so I could snatch it up and sew myself one.  Only to have the pattern out of stock every single time there was a sale!

Finally I wised up, took advantage of a sale, became a member of ClubBMV, ordered this pattern (and a gazillion others) and sewed it.  Whew...

But yikes! This baby is low!

There is no way I would ever wear it without a cami.   And an extra layer underneath a slinky sleeveless design kind of defeats the purpose of a warm weather top, don't you think? 

I love the style - how it falls into soft graceful folds along the front.   But I haven't worn it yet.  I just can't bear the thought of wearing two layers of clothing in this incredibly hot weather we've been experiencing. 

As far as sewing goes? Piece of cake. Just be sure to clearly transfer the pattern markings to the fabric. You'll need 'em. 

The pattern calls for this to be cut on the bias. Which I didn't bother doing.  I don't know why a knit would need to be cut on the bias so if anyone has an explanation please leave it in the comments.  

Because I didn't cut it on the bias I was able to get by with just a yard of fabric.  Which was perfect because that's all I had of this lovely purple rayon knit. 

I also didn't do any alterations. I'd read on PatternReview that the top was cut low so I thought I'd move the neckline up before cutting and sewing.  But I couldn't quite wrap my brain around the pattern piece and determine where the neckline was.  So I cut, sewed, crossed my fingers and hoped for the best. 

Now that I've sewn it I think I'll be able to figure out how to bring the neckline up.  Because I will be sewing another one.  

Um, Nancy? Look - no hips or jazz hands :-)

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  1. Nice top! You look great.

  2. It looks great! I understand completely about not wanting to wear two tops in the summer heat, I have a dress that is super cool and breezy but also super low cut. :( You did a great job on your top!

  3. I was really tempted by that pattern, too. I think the photo of the model makes it much more appealing. I hope you stick with it and adjust it; I can see how it'd be very comfy to wear!

  4. It really cute and to see it in my favorite color. Guess what, now I want one!

  5. Well when the temps go down a little this will be the perfect top! I love the purple with the lilac cami - just beautiful!

  6. Love the top!! Have you thought of adding a small broche or pin to hold the ginormous center plunge at bay? lol

  7. This color looks fantastic on you! It's so good that you feel confident in how to raise the cowl neckline, because I agree that having to wear a camisole defeats the purpose of a warm weather top. However, like Carolyn said, this will be perfect in cooler weather.

  8. Wow that is plunging! I agree with the others--looks great with a cami!

  9. The style and color of that top is super. But, I wonder who tries on the company's test garments--giraffes? Is the neckline actually cut low, or is the weight of the fabric dragging it down?

  10. Well it's cute. Hope you get some wear out of it. g

  11. Great top and I love the color :]

  12. I actually do own a knit top that is partially cut on the bias-- I didn't sew it, I found it at the thrift store. The bodice is straight grain and everything below the empire waist is bias. I'm seriously considering playing around with that technique sometimes, because the drapiness at the hem is pretty great! I can definitely see how that might be an issue with a cowl neckline, though!

    The top looks lovely, and I hope you find a way to wear it in spite of the layering necessity!

  13. It's a very pretty top, and a great color for you.

    I could swear I've seen a tutorial for adding a fake camisole - front side only, from the shoulder to just below the bust. Which is great, unless you want to change the colors you wear under.



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