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Delusional Vanity Sizing

2013 September 27
by elizabeth_admin

I can’t believe it.  I’ve made another article of clothing for my sister again.  Unintentionally.  *heavy sigh*

I guess my double knit is more “stable” of a knit than I thought, because I looked like an encased sausage in my new top.  Remember the Asos top I wanted to knock off a while ago?

asos knit leather top


I bought extra grey double knit and stretch faux leather so I could work out the kinks in my knock off.  Last year, my first attempt was an ill-advised experiment with a Burda pattern with raglan sleeves for the faux stretch leather.  What was I thinking?  The faux leather wasn’t stretchy enough for that design.



Then life interfered and before I knew it, it was too warm to make this knock off.  I did try to muslin the Renfrew pattern as the next possible pattern contender for my knock off though.  And as you already know, successfully made a Renfrew last week.



So I thought I was all set for my Asos knock off.  I used a similar knit to the one I used last week.  Or so I thought.  I sewed it almost completely up.  All I had left were the hems on the bodice and sleeves.  Did I try Myrna’s trick before sewing to check the size with my chosen knit?  No.  Did I baste the seams?  No.  Did I serge off the seam allowances because I  was perfectly confident in my fit?  Yes.  And then I tried it on.    (Apparently I have not mastered the must have skill of taking a selfie.)



Too. Tight.  I looked like a lumpy sausage.  I had vanity sized my own self.  Sheesh.  I asked my mom.  I asked Sherril and Jeanette.  I kept trying it on.  But no.  It was still too tight.
Today, I cut out the bodice two sizes larger to accommodate the lack of stretch in my super stable knit.  I increased the sleeve in the bicep (per Sherril’s excellent suggestion) and tapered more to the wrist.



I serged it up and tried it on.  Pretty good, not perfect, but pretty good.  I needed a little more shaping in the waist which I did.  And I tapered the sleeves a little more too.  I could have added more width to the hip area of the back pattern piece only.  And I could have probably done a real darted FBA, but I’m just gonna call it a day on this knock off.  2 muslins and an unintended top for my sister is enough.  I’m over this project now.

I think one of the reasons I wanted to make this knock off so badly was that it unconsciously reminded me of Peta Wilson in La Femme Nikita.  I love that show and watch my DVD’s of it all the time.  I probably thought I would end up looking like her when I made up and wore this top.  haha!



I’d have to bleach my hair though.

Oh, I forgot to mention, I didn’t want to mess using my coverstitch on the sleeve hems, so I just steam a seamed them.   I hope they stay hemmed!  And actually, I think this top is more flattering in real life than it is in these pictures.  The folds at the bust are not so prominent and there is plenty of ease in this top.  Ok, try to forget what how good Peta looks.  Here’s how I look in the Asos knock off.





I know I promised you a post about my last draping class, but that will have to wait until tomorrow.  Tschüss!

5 Responses leave one →
  1. September 28, 2013

    OMG you straightened your hair! And possibly cut it too? Looks great!
    Your top looks great too. That shirt seemed to be a sysiphian (however it’s spelled) task. You made it work!!!

  2. September 28, 2013

    Your shirt looks awesome! I hope to make a dress along those same lines sometime this winter. That is the tricky thing about knits for me — they each behave so differently. And I often make that bicep adjustment, too:)

  3. September 28, 2013

    Your second version is much better. I done the same thing you have done thinking my knit was the same as the previous one and made a second top that did not turn out so well as the first. I have tried to remind myself to add some just in case side seam allowances. That has save me some grief.

  4. September 29, 2013

    Your knock-off looks GREAT!
    I am interested in learning more about your draping adventures.
    It sounds like a very useful experience!!


  5. Meredith permalink
    October 2, 2013

    Can’t wait to try on my new top! see you in a couple of days 🙂

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