Monday, July 23, 2007

Can I Make The Grade?

I love this top. I've seen a few versions reviewed on Pattern Review which make me love it even more. The problem is, it's sized 34-42 (Euro) which is definitely too small for me.

I'm going to spend some time today working with the pattern, hopefully to the point of sewing up an unwearable muslin to see what I can do to make it fit me and if I even like it on me at that point. Pretty soon, this banded/Duro-esque trend will be completely over and if I don't hop on the bandwagon soon, I may miss it completely. Remember, I don't live anywhere near NYC so trends are slower to pass here in Florida and I do still have time for this one. ;-)

If I can "make it work," I want to use this ebay fabric, with a solid brown for the bands:

And if *that* works out, I have a brown crosshatched stretch denim for a pair of capris to wear with it. But's that's getting waaaaaay ahead of myself because, if you haven't guessed by now, my "up next" list changes with the rise and fall of the sun and moon.

The skirt from the last couple of posts is still on the back burner. It's not abandoned but the project needs to percolate some more while I think about fabric choices and possibly altering it a little more to move the CB zipper to CF. Or maybe just using a more drapey knit and doing away with a zip altogether.


  1. Debbie ~ I think you are safe on the duro trend. Here in NYC I am still seeing an awful lot of it on the streets! Good luck with your upgrade!

  2. I still see lots of the Duro style out there, in fact, it's trickled down to children's clothing (my daughter loves the look and has a couple herself)! I think your fabric choice is going to make a fabulous top - I can't wait to see it finished!

  3. Debbie, there are so many patterns out there, KS has a new Duro top as well as Simplicity in the Khaliah Ali line and Hotpattern. Many choices and sizes.

  4. Go, Debbie, go! :) Over the weekend, I was leafing through my BWOF issues and and I saw that I had marked off this one, and yup, the pattern sizing is too small for me, too. I'm gearing myself up for tracing it out and upsizing it, also. and modifying it for a knit. Oh, where to begin.... *grin*


    Masouma Rose

  5. I hope it all works out for you. I really like the shape of the bands on this particular top. It's different from most.

    Sending good sewing thoughts your way!

  6. I'm so glad you're making this one. I've been wanting to grade it up too, but I keep procrastinating...maybe you will (once again) inspire me! Love that fabric too!

  7. I am alot further from NYC than you are!! Can you explain why the top is refered to as "Duro" I have seen that term and am confused about its meaning.

    Judy on the Oregon coast

  8. Purdy fabric. :) I never surf e-bay for fabric. Maybe I should start? ;)

  9. I can't wait to see your finished top! it's an adorable pattern!

  10. Yeah, I don't think you can make the grade. I don't even think you should try. Instead, I think you need to pack that fabric up and send it to me.

    Dagnabit, I *know* you can do it, and I know I'll never find that piece of textile gorgeousness in my mailbox. *pout*.


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