The Terrible Trio

Three Maria Denmark Day to Night Drape tops, cut out together & sewn on a “production line”.  There was a much more relaxed atmosphere in the sewing room when these three were made up.  Although I picked tricky jersey – no natural fibres in sight – I was at least prepared for bad behaviour!

After the two I made last week & the success of the black cotton top, I decided to omit the clear elastic from the armholes altogether and only used it on the back neckline.  There is still a bit of pulling, but much less than before.  I used one of the suggestions in the comments of that post and stuck a bit of masking tape to the bottom of the presser foot when applying the clear elastic, and was pleased with the result.

Day to Night top in printed polyester viscose jersey from John Kaldor
Day to Night top in printed polyester viscose jersey from John Kaldor

The jerseys I’ve chosen for these tops are man-made, two completely polyester & one poly-viscose.  There is more stretch in the poly-viscose and it has a much nicer drape.  Daughter No1 commented that it feels like wearing a swimming costume.  The fabric was bought from Rosenberg’s stand at the NEC last year, or the one before and was intended to be a wrap dress of sorts for her.  We’ve never found the right pattern and I decided this was it, time to be used!  There is enough left for something else, but probably not a dress!

Day to Night top in grey polyester jersey
Day to Night top in grey polyester jersey

The other two have less stretch and I think I’d have to make an adjustment if she wanted more tops using this particular fabric.  Daughter No1 is satisfied with the look, but if they were my tops I’d be uncomfortable with the pulling over the bust.  I do like how the drape hangs on the poly-jersey tops and the colours are perfect.  Of course, now Daughter No2 wants one in the blue for herself…

Day to Night top in blue polyester jersey
Day to Night top in blue polyester jersey

Next on the cutting table will be (hopefully) a black & white marle wool Honeydew skirt & a self drafted pencil skirt in caramel stretch cotton sateen – both for Daughter No2.  I say hopefully to the Honeydew skirt, because we hauled out some leftover wool from previous projects & she asked for the Honeydew in that fabric, but I haven’t checked to see if it’s enough yet…  I will line it with a nice coloured lining & put a zip in the side seam like I did with this one.

Daughter No1 goes back to University today, I can’t believe it’s her last year – how time has flown!  She’ll be taking a fair few handmade garments with her & I hope they get to be worn as much as her charity shop bargains!

Wherever you are, have a great weekend – I’m teaching some of my favourite people on Sunday, I’m expecting great projects on their sewing tables!  🙂

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Author: Anne W

I love fabric, and sewing. And I could do nothing else but sew, all day, every day, if I could!

5 thoughts on “The Terrible Trio”

  1. I’m not one for sewing tees normally as they are pretty easy to find RTW but you always make me look twice at patterns I never considered before! (I bought the Bellatrix Blazer thanks to you! ^_^) Lovely job, and your daughters look lovely as always 🙂

    1. Thank you! 🙂 Normally I wouldn’t bother with sewing tees either, but I like this pattern. The drape is pretty cool & with it needing less than a metre of fabric can be made nice & cheap – depending on your fabric choice!

      1. True… or with a nice luxurious knit if one had the mind to, which you wouldn’t be able to find RTW – not a bad argument for sewing one’s own tees… now you have me thinking again, bad girl! HAHA! ^_^

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