FINALLY…  Spring has sprung.  YAY !!!  VERY happy about winter being past. It’s still a little cool in the air on certain days though, so I am still wearing long sleeve stuff and lightweight wool jackets.

In honor of me wanting to challenge myself and not just LOOK at clothes in magazines and duplicate them “verbatim” anymore, I decided to make something fresh for myself and do  what I call a little “fashion design math” SO…

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Simple, NOT “reinventing the wheel” type of top. White textured silk from B&J fabrics, NYC. Very comfortable to wear. Should’ve had it sewn in time to wear to church on Easter Sunday, but  LIFE got to be LIFE and I didn’t get it done. NO WORRIES. I will dress it up with slacks or even “dress it down” with  my hair in a bun, pressed jeans and Dansko clogs for causal Sundays. We’ll see. Sewing makes it SO NICE to do what I want with my own wardrobe.

This “bell” sleeve variation or  “tulip” sleeve variation as some would call it, is kind of a different style for me, but with the spring weather this season I decided I wanted to push the envelop of what  style I would wear. I think I like doing this fashion math thing. I might try mixing stuff that seems crazy to mix ( like 1940’s with 1960’s ..) and see what I come up with. I at least hope not to get bored in the sewing room.

Is my version of fashion math going to create earth shattering  “never before seen styles”? Nope! I am sure  I got folks lookin’ at this top and saying ” I got a ( Vogue, Burda, pattern “X” fill in the blank company…) pattern for that ! ”  Mazeltov !!  Then we’ll both look good and have fun wearing this top’s style and celebrate that we know how to sew. I enjoyed draping the pattern  for the top and trying out  a new recipe I got for drafting the  basic sleeve pattern ( –recipe soon coming your way Cindy !). I took the  basic recipe and modified it to include the bell/tulip at the bottom.

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Had stitching  on the lining. Yep- can be done by machine, but what else would I do watching TV?  Ok, call me crazy. But  I like investing hand sewing into the garment.
Hand stitching on the lining. Yep- can be done by machine, but what else would I do watching TV? Ok, call me crazy. But I like investing hand sewing into the garment.

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