So, I mentioned in an earlier post that I was interested in having a look at Tomoko Nakamichi’s Pattern Magic books. The ideas/projects in this book are so interesting! The project I was most most interested in was Musubu: Bow B, after seeing Very Prairie’s amazing green Bow B dress. Thanks to Diane lending me her copy of the English translation of “Pattern Magic”, I was able to give the Bow B top a go!
Now, for someone who has never had/used a block or drafted a pattern (or even traced a pattern for that matter!), this project was taking me WAY outside my comfort zone. But… what the hell! I’m all for trying new things!
Since I had never done anything with a block, ever… I used the pattern pieces from the one simple pattern I had recently used (and okay which had fit) – Colette Pattern’s ‘Sorbetto’ top. I followed the instructions/illustrations to redraft the pattern, and came up with this –
I cut the pattern out of some light checkered fabric out of my stash. But I think the pattern will be better made out of a heavier fabric (linen next time, methinks), to help the piece better hold its shape. Then I sewed the top together. I even made my own bias binding to finish the raw edges of this ‘muslin’. I couldn’t, for the life of me, figure out how else I could finish the edges – given I couldn’t get the fabric to fold around the curves. Anyone got any other thoughts on this?
I feel like the pattern needs to be re-jigged slightly so that it doesn’t cut so low – as the picture shows… there’s a massive boob hole (hence the singlet underneath – got to keep it decent)! The bow/boob hole I’ve cut seems to be the right size according to the pattern – but it does seem a little ridiculous! I’m wondering now whether I could just cut the boob hole an inch higher without upsetting how the top sits. Hmmm… things to think about before I give this top my next attempt. I’ve got some white linen-blend which I want to use next time…