One of the things Me Made May taught me this year was that I could do with some long sleeved tops that are slightly more fancy than just tee shirts. After my success with the Named Augusta hoodie, I went back and looked more closely at their past collections. The one before Ticket doesn’t have anything that particularly appeals, but their first collection has some really nice tops in it. This is the Kanerva Button Back shirt, made up in a remnanat of plaid brushed cotton and a scrap of spotty silk.
I wish I could say I loved it, but i really dont. Its just so meh! I like the idea, and I think the pattern is a good one, but this version is decidedly uninspiring. I like the fit of the bodice, I think that turned out well. I used bias tape as a facing around the neckline, and I think its sitting really nicely.
I didn’t have enough fabric to bother too much about matching the plaid, but its pretty close across the side seams, and it matches across the back. My posture in these pictures is terrible, the back doesn’t usually balloon out like that!
I think the thing thats really putting me off here is the peplum. I’ve never really been a big fan, but this one isn’t flouncy or gathered so I thought it would be ok. And if it was in the same fabric as the top it might have been, but I’m really not loving the sheer black. Its also sitting really weirdly around my backside…In fact, after looking at these pictures for the past 10 minutes, I think I might take it off, and just have a cropped top to wear with my high waisted skirts.
I do like the pattern, I’d like to find a striped fabric with some stretch (the pattern recommends a stretch woven, but this plaid is completely rigid which may be adding to my dislike of it) to make a cropped version like the example on the Named site. I also think it’d be nice in a semi-sheer fabric for summer, with no sleeves. One thing I will do next time is add an invisible zip into the side seam! I can button myself into this one ok because I have gibbon arms, but it takes a bit of contortionism. Getting out of it is even harder, but I managed (eventually).
So there we go, a fail post. I’m pretty lucky with my sewing generally, but I don’t think there is any way to rescue a bad idea! Poor fabric choice, poor fabric combination. Hopefully next time will be better!