New Look, Tops and Blouses

Fail Turned Favourite

Bonjour, bonjour ! 🙂

This tee-shirt is from NewLook 6470, and it is supposed to be a fail.

If you look at the pattern drawing (view D), the fit looks nothing like this. This top is supposed to hug the body. I surmise the knit fabric I used wasn’t stable enough by a long run. This was a remnant from the bargain tables in front of Boeken’s (same old favourite from my Amsterdam days).

When I tried on the top and saw how large (and indecent!) it was, I burst out laughing, and got ready to take it apart and start over with a smaller fit. Then I got to think that it might be cute to wear as an oversized top layered over a tank top.

The only problem was the armholes – way too wide and lanky. I remedied that by binding them with a stable black knit.

The single other alteration I did was to the front – I took the gathered side in at the top, to give the fabric a nicer drape. The initial version was really too droopy, even for a layered top.

The edges were hemmed on my coverstitch machine. I hadn’t been able to take it to my previous flat in Paris, but this time my Dad secretly managed to fit it into the car before we drove South, and I had a lovely surprise upon unloading my stuff. 🙂

This was not what I had in mind at all, but it turns out I love this top, and I’ve been reaching for it time and again over the past two weeks when I want a casual look. I just feel – cute in it, even though I may look my age even less than usual.

This was the third time I used this pattern (the first two versions, view A and A/B, are here and there), and as you’ll see shortly – I’ve used it twice more since! Using a pattern 5 times is a personal record – and to be honest, the envelope never even appealed to me (don’t you guys agree the model looks decidedly dowdy?).

22 thoughts on “Fail Turned Favourite”

  1. You did an excellent job in saving this blouse! It looks wonderful. Often I have purchased blouses of a similar style and found that they too are rather “indecent” in the low “V” of the neckline. I suppose the younger women wear them that way!? I have also done this method to wear a tank-top under the blouse. I also turn it to a Winter blouse by wearing a close-fitting long sleeve top under the blouse.

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  2. C'est très beau et tu sais le combiner avec tellement de couleurs (blanc, noir, brun, beige). Et en dessous d'un tailleur cela peut très bien se porter à des occasions plus “formels” aussi je trouve. Bien trouvé avec le top en dessous. Amuses-toi bien. Ann.

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  3. The top is wonderful, Isabelle! :o) And what a great save…the layered look is terrific–you could play around with lots of looks. I do love the bold print of the top. And so glad you had a great weekend…wishing you more great days in the week ahead! ((HUGS))

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  4. Another plus: if you are ever in need of a cute warm weather “indecent” piece of sleepwear, you know you have just the pattern for it!

    I think your alteration and layering look is really cute. 🙂

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