Black is such a useful colour to wear (even if it doesn't suit you - it's easy to deal with that) but a terrible colour to photograph and blog about. Some of my later pictures show the top a little better.
Anyway, my challenge was to make two tops out of 2 metres of 112 cotton knit (purchased from Spotlight) with wide selvidges. I made one last week, and yes, I did manage to squeeze this out - with a bit of help from a piece of poly/cotton rib knitting that was in my stash. And using a strip down the middle to cut the sleeves - I marked the grainlines on this strip prior to cutting. A bit tedious having to do this, but I won my little challenge :)
The pattern I used was Vogue 9026, version B(so the rib band was perfect for this):
I made version C, slightly modified, in a fleecy knit. That was a nice snug fit - I used the same size, even though I knew this lighter material would not take up so much ease in the seams, because I wanted the softer look shown in the picture.
I cut size Small, and the only alteration I made was to take out an inch in the sleeve length along the L/S line. Otherwise, everything was made as per the pattern.
A very simple and straightforward make - most versions I have seen of this look good.
Here is a close up of the neck - there is a slight colour difference between the rib and the knit, which in real life is not that obvious, but it does show up in the photos - which is a plus, because you can see the neckband - which is quite wide.
Shoulders are finished in my usual fashion:
And here are the cuffs and lower band:
But the silhouette looks okay. And if you are wondering why the strange and eerie light in the last photo - I am trying to work out how to get more light for my photographs. I live in an old house, and old houses are often dark. And sometimes it is just as dark and gloomy outside. Light meters are often used by photographers here even on a sunny morning - unlike other parts of Australia, Newcastle seems to be quite dark. I don't like that at all, but there is not much I can do about it.
So this was my bright thought the other day - I use a daylight lamp for reading, handwork and so on. I thought that this might work as a photography light as well:
So, meet my light and my screen - I use that to block out the background views so that I can show the garment.
If I stand in the right place, the light works well. If not, shadows are cast - or I look a sort of grey colour. But some of the photo's are a lot better.
That's it for now, I'm off to quickly sew a much needed pair of pull on corduroy pants.
Have a great weekend everyone, wherever you are.