|TSW coordinates - knits not washed yet|
I read Linda Lee's blog on The Sewing Workshop site. Her mid-Dec post inspired me to pull out this interesting crinkle cotton knit with a fine gold metallic stripe running through it for some tops. OK it's not sequins, but close enough for me. I bought it from Casual Elegance a few years ago to coordinate with cocoa brown fabrics and garments. The color works beautifully with the 8th Avenue Skirt I sewed about five years ago. So I sewed these up and waited to wash them the first time before wearing/taking photos of me in them because sewing/pressing removed the crinkle in the fabric that makes it so interesting. When I sew another Ann's Tank top I will used the neckline binding treatment from the eDress pattern. I just turned under 3/8" and think the neckline needs taking in, which the binding cut on the crossgrain will accomplish. Knits don't ravel so I left the seams on both, the sleeve edges and bottom edges of the Tank unfinished so the knit could curl. The Stella tops all have the double cowl (cut on the fold) and the hems finished.
So here are photos of both tops on me. I wore the metallic stripe knit Stella Cowl and 8th Ave skirt today. Love this skirt shape and need to sew up another. I have just enough of the knit stripe left to use for the bottom of an eDress or eSkirt. We'll see what it works with.
Before sewing those two, I sewed up another Stella top in a warmer fleecy knit also from CE. Not sure if any of you remember the original TSW Cowl Neck top pattern, but this one is greatly improved with lots of shape, and the cowl is nice for fall/winter to cover and warm your neck, but with lots of ease and drape. I love it with the TSW camel hair Now Shirt jacket and the camel lambskin skirt and the black 4-ply silk One Seams. It was actually sleeting while the sun was shining the day these photos were taken.