Saturday, August 20, 2011

New Look 6901

New Look 6901, a cowl neck top and flounce skirt for knits, has been a successful pattern for me and quite a few customers of the fabric shop where I work. A testament to the pattern: I wore it today and we sold two more patterns and fabric for two tops!

High atop the fitting stand in the "bridal room" of the shop. These shoes are from Gentlesouls and no, I did not wear them all day. The fabric is a slinky knit originally manufactured by Chicos. Even though we had three bolts, it has since all sold out.

A closer view of the top. I made the smallest size at the neck and shoulders (I think it was the 8) and still did an additional 3/4" narrow shoulder adjustment. I added a weight to the center of the cowl on the inside. I used a metal ring left over from bag making, tucked into a little self-fabric pouch. I often put the weight inside the front of my bra, which holds the top against my chest and prevents any exposure. Also, I extended the short sleeve pattern to just below the elbow. The sleeve and lower hems are left raw, which works wonderfully in this fabric. No bulk and very comfortable to wear.

The 6901 top with a rayon skirt from a very similar pattern (Kwik Sew 3032).

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