This top is a blatent knockoff of a top in January Vogue. The Vogue top, oddly enough, is from H&M. After I completed this project, I realized that I probably could have headed to the H&M in the local mall to see if it was there and save the trouble of making it. Somehow, it just seems easier to use some fabric that I have lying about and make it myself. I started with a Vogue pattern, 1084, and changed it considerably to get the lines I wanted. I chose this pattern because it has the shoulder that I wanted, and that’s a difficult thing to get right.
The fabric is a lovely cotton sateen. I bought it at a warehouse (London Textiles in Cherry Hill NJ). They have great prices and quality, but terrible lighting. I thought the darker color was black when I bought it, but when I got it home, I realized that it’s dark brown. I have a lot of it, and I may try to use color remover and dye the rest of it. Anyway, it’s perfect for this project, and a nice contrast to the tan color. The tan is also a cotton sateen.
Since I had some extra fabric, I self-lined the skirt to add a bit of heft to it. The top is unlined, with serged seams, except for the peplum part. The peplum is self-lined. It has a side zipper, which makes it rather difficult to pull over my head. It’s definitely the kind of thing that I need to put on before I do my hair. I put lingerie carriers at the shoulder seams..
Lastly, let me wish you a Happy New Year and I hope Santa brought you everything you want. He brought me this ring, which I just love. As I age further, my hands may begin to resemble the talons on the ring more and more. One of my sewing teachers at FIT, an older gentleman, had very talon-like hands. I see my future.