Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Crescent moon

Now my new little top here is a very quick and easy, yet still interesting design.  And like all the designs from the Pattern Magic series; very very clever too, and another example of a "why hasn't anyone thought of this before" sort of a garment.  This one from Pattern Magic 3, by Tomoko Nakamichi.
The names of the designs are so interesting, are they not?  Some of them are so full of imagery and poetry.  Like this one for instance.  When the garment is laid flat you can see at once the inspiration for its moniker.  Crescent moon.  How clever and beautiful.  Just typical of Japanese design and their artistic sensibility towards shapes and images in nature; a concept I really relate to.
For this I used some more of the leftover jersey scraps from the bundle given to me by my friend C, from her late mother's stash.  I had to cut and join the darker blue fabric to get a piece large enough, but that is OK since it is the bottom layer and the seam just looks like an underarm side seam whilst you are wearing it.  To finish; the raw edges were overlocked, turned under once, and topstitched down from the outside.
I love the way that when you are wearing it, from the front it just looks like you are wearing a rather ordinary cropped little Tshirt, with maybe just the stripe as its lone interesting feature.  However as one turns around, it transpires one is wearing an elegant little draped cape, with a flattering, widely scooped back neckline.
And since capes are "in", albeit for the northern autumn/winter scene right now, I'm serendipitously fashionable too.  In a summery southern hemisphere sort of a way...
Rather chic, yes?


Details:
Top; from Pattern Magic 3 by Tomoko Nakamichi, two different colours of cotton jersey scraps
Shorts; Burda 7723, white linen, details here
Camisole (underneath); Country Road
Thongs; Mountain Designs

23 comments:

  1. Classy! I don't get how the top works from the picture but it looks great.

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  2. That is lovely. I shall have to tell The Sweetheart and the Smellies about my Letter to Santa on the fridge...I need these books. Just about anything from Tessuti actually...
    Thanks again for inspiring me,
    Jas

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  3. How interesting! I love seeing how you turn the concepts in these books into every day clothes.

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  4. Very interesting and the colors! wow, they are so vibrant together. I love these beach pics-we are freezing over here.

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  5. The top is interesting, but it is the shorts that caught my eye. They are perfect!

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  6. This is another interesting design, but I am captivated by how beautiful these colors are on you!

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  7. Oh wow, I never would have guess how it looks in back from the front view. Cool!

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  8. That is very cool - love the back view.

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  9. It is very appropriately named isn't it. This top always reminds me of Cyclone Yasi and so in my mind is the cyclone top. Katherine had just finished making this top when we 'evacuated' to Townsville to escape the cyclone which was headed for Cairns at the time. This was a failed plan as Townsville got hit worse than Cairns. Anyway, Katherine got me to take photos of her wearing the top in front of the palm trees that had fallen on her roof. You two are the only ones I've seen actually make this up. It's such an unusual design.

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  10. This is very interesting - I went back and looked it up in my copy of the book, and I still don't think I quite get it lol! Needless to say it looks great on you too!

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  11. OK now I have to get this book as well. great top.

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  12. And I thought it was just a cropped t-shirt! Love the back view!

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  13. Nice articles. I'm just blogwalking and very happy to stop here. And also give you some comment here.

    Dont forget to give us some your comment into my blog too.

    Thanks for share,
    * Rio Prasetyo *

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  14. A very interesting and wearable top. It is hard to see how the donut works though!

    Thanks for your comments on my 7 things post. I for one would love to see your sewing for work post. I know what you mean by far more options re part time work these days. When I returned to work after my daughter was born 15 years ago, I was forced into full time work because the only part time work was low paid work.

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  15. Stunning , vibrant colours which really suit you . These Japanese designs are ingenious. Did you manage to translate the name of this design because it would be interesting to know what they came up with !

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  16. Very interesting top - love the colour on you and what a perfect setting for your photo shoot.

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  17. Serendipitously fashionable-- I like that. I love the things you make from the pattern magic books.

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  18. this is fantastic, every time i see you make up another pattern magic item i say to myself - come ON louise get onto it, they always seem to be "next"!!!

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  19. Hello Carolyn!
    Don't I love it when you say a quick and easy design, lol!! Doesn't look that way to me! The result is very classy and realxed at once. Nice work! I love the settings of your picture!!
    bisoudisou

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  20. Wow that is totally an unexpected shape but somehow it works!

    Glad to hear that you and your family are safe.

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