Wool Crepe Cake

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I have now christened 2013 The Year Of Cake. This follows hot on the heels of my posthumously christened 2012, The Year Of Frosting. In case you have not been reading many sewing blogs lately, please check Clio’s explanation of her Frosting Diet.

I found this fabric in my attic when I was getting the Christmas decorations out. According to the tag, it came from the remnant table at B&J fabrics. It has been at least 10 years since B&J had a remnant table, so it’s not a surprise that I don’t remember purchasing this fabric. It’s kind of an un-inspiring color, but I just love the weave. It is almost certainly 100% wool, and I thought it would make a nice winter top.

I was going to use the Sewing Workshop Teagarden T Pattern, but when I laid it out on the fabric, I saw that the pattern is a huge fabric hog, and I did not have nearly enough yardage. But as I was looking through my pattern stash, I came across Vogue 8529. It’s a dress pattern, but it was easy enough to cut it off at hip length and round the edges at the sides. I switched the zipper from the center back to the side, opening at the hem. I like this pattern because of the interesting neckline, as well as the interesting sleeve treatment in the back. I dislike patterns where all the interest is in the front, and appreciate that the lines continue to the back of this one.

I underlined the wool with a lightweight silk twill to make it more comfortable to wear.

One thing about this top. It must be worn with a pin, as above. The neckline does not behave unless beaten into submission.

I have some hot pink trousers, and I think this mossy green color will look nice with them.

Back View

Back View

Front view without the brooch

Front view without the brooch

Side zip, opening at the bottom edge.  You can also see the lining.

Side zip, opening at the bottom edge. You can also see the lining.

The fabric has a nice texture.

The fabric has a nice texture.

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15 Comments

  1. akismet-21b053fec805c8711a1f608da8cdd26a
    Posted January 23, 2013 at 1:15 am | Permalink | Reply

    I love the top. The fabric is perfect for the pattern. Great idea to turn it from a dress to a top. Can we see it with the pants on you pretty please? ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. akismet-21b053fec805c8711a1f608da8cdd26a
    Posted January 23, 2013 at 1:16 am | Permalink | Reply

    Fyi, it’s me Elizabeth in the comment above. ๐Ÿ™‚

    http://www.sewnblog.com

  3. Paula
    Posted January 23, 2013 at 2:55 am | Permalink | Reply

    Beautiful. With hot pink trousers? Divine.

  4. Posted January 23, 2013 at 3:10 am | Permalink | Reply

    I also love this top – nice fabric and beautiful lines, and pink will be just perfect with it!

  5. Posted January 23, 2013 at 6:50 am | Permalink | Reply

    I would have never think pink to match that colour. Itยดs genius! Love the slight drape and the fabric looks beautiful in a warm and expensive way : )

  6. gwensews
    Posted January 23, 2013 at 7:43 am | Permalink | Reply

    That’s a lovely and well made top. Your broach at the front is a clever solution to a mis-behaving drape. Very nice.

  7. Posted January 23, 2013 at 9:04 am | Permalink | Reply

    Okay if you’re going to sew these amazing “cake” garments this year, just know that I’m gonna be copying the heck out of you! OMG is that a fabulous top and perfect for the weather we’re having! I could make this with a matching pair of pants or straight skirt and it would be fantastic for work. I’m in sooooo much trouble if you’re sewing “cake.” *shaking head*

  8. Nancy Karpen
    Posted January 23, 2013 at 9:22 am | Permalink | Reply

    As always, it’s beautifully sewn. Wearing with hot pink pants takes it out of the basics and while maybe not frosting, will make it chic and striking.

    • Posted January 23, 2013 at 3:13 pm | Permalink | Reply

      I agree! It’s chic and striking. Your cake seems to have a lot more ganache than other people’s. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. julinhappyhomemakerredux
    Posted January 23, 2013 at 10:28 am | Permalink | Reply

    This top is just beautiful. I agree, I wouldn’t have thought of pink to go with this top either.

  10. Posted January 23, 2013 at 2:50 pm | Permalink | Reply

    What a beautiful top and it is SO wearable!

  11. Posted January 23, 2013 at 7:58 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I love the color and the texture of that fabric, and the style shows it off so well! I agree with everyone else, you’ve proven that sewing cake doesn’t mean sewing boring clothes.

  12. Posted January 23, 2013 at 8:26 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Love that texture. What gorgeousness.

  13. Posted January 23, 2013 at 11:50 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I have always loved mossy green colors, and I think it would look great paired with hot pink. Very nice top. Wish it were mine ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Posted January 24, 2013 at 2:34 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Gorgeous, and looks so warm. The pin is a great idea to tame the cowl front.

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