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?
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