The “That’s Not Beige!” Top
Fabric: 2 yards Robert Kaufman Radiance 55% cotton, 45% silk, $17 with discount from local fabric store (Brooklyn General)
Pattern: Colette Patterns Sencha
Notions: 5 buttons from stash
Time to complete: oh, many hours over two days
First worn: just for the photos– too cold and out of season
Wear again: definitely
Total cost: $17
I wear a lot of bright colors and patterns, but when it comes to accessories I’m a minimalist. Though I wouldn’t call this turquoise pendant necklace bold, I just haven’t worn it since a friend passed it on to me a few months ago. The red dress in my head was a little too ambitious for this short week, so I decided on Sencha with its simplest View 1 neckline, the perfect canvas for a necklace. For all the time it took me, I probably could have made the dress. The pattern calls for hand stitching the sleeve hems and facings with a catch stitch, which does look great outside and inside. For the back closing I decided to do buttons instead of snaps, and buttonholes always have me fooling at the machine for a good while. But in the end I love this top. It’s a neutral, shockingly rare in my wardrobe. Did I mention I hate beige? It also goes beautifully with a skirt I made recently and then promptly found I had nothing to wear with. Two birds with one Sencha: the necklace and the skirt.
I did my usual with Colette patterns and graded the top and bottom, which are three sizes apart. Yeah pears! I brought the neckline down 1/2 inch in the front. And that’s about it. Since I usually work with cottons, this fabric seemed super duper luxurious. With the drape and sheen of silk and the easy-to-work-with factor of cotton, Radiance is a new favorite.
I didn’t finish in time for daylight photos, and my daughter, what can I say, she loves the camera. She managed to get into every shot. On the other hand, I’ve never been comfortable in front of the camera, so everything about the photos is a challenge for me; there will be a learning curve. Any tips? From now on there will be daylight.