First up, Jalie 2787, the criss cross top...
I made this top in a poly/rayon/spandex blend purchased from Kerryn's fabric world. I love this fabric and this is the third time I have used it - once in blue, once in green, now I have expanded my colour range to include red:
This was difficult to photograph true and is slightly brighter than it shows here. However I have been searching for reds that I can wear because a lot of them make me look red and flushed in the face - this one doesn't - love it!
The review for those interested. I am very happy with this top. It looks like it is pulling a bit across my bust here but it wan't noticeable in real life so I will check that out next time I wear it.
However next time I would widen the sleeve at the bicep. It was also too tight on my green scarf top that I made in this fabric, so I am wondering if it is the fabric or the draft. I have a 3/4-length sleeved sweetheart top made from a Jalie pattern and the sleeve isn't so tight, so I must compare the width of the sleeve pattern to see if maybe the fabric is affecting it or if the pattern does need adjusting. I also look a bit lumpy about the waist but I have a leather belt on with a pedometer clipped on, so you will just have to excuse the lumpiness.
And another version of Kwik-Sew 3740. My first version was in bright orange bamboo jersey. This time a polyester (again from Kerryn's). It is a beautiful goldy-browny uneven knit.
As you can see the cowl still drapes beautifully. As this fabric unravels I had to over lock the hems before turning up so they don't have a lot of stretch but it still works really well.
Cosmo was whining at me while I got my photo taken - he wanted to be included...
Now that I have broken into a few new colours in my wardrobe, what do you think of this fabric..
I don't think it helps that the background is busy with one of my quilts, but can I get away with this busy bright fabric in a dress (perhaps Burda magazine 10-2008-115)?
What do you think?