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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Bamboo Jersey Braid-Trimmed Top

Here was my inspiration photo, from page 44 of the February Lucky Magazine.  I can't find the exact shirt online anywhere, but the designer is GF Ferre, and the price quoted in Lucky is $355.  (My fabric was $14 for one yard, and I used leftover thread from something else.)
I didn't do the split neck thing because I figured it'd flop all over the place and never stay down - like whenever I try to wear a cardigan open at the top.  My sleeves also came out longer, but after sewing down all the braid, I wasn't about to take it off the sleeves and make them shorter.  Finally, I stitched a longer section together on the shoulders, so I don't have to worry about my bra strap showing.

The fabric is bamboo/cotton jersey from Gorgeous Fabrics.  It is sooooo soft and light and drapey.  I think the color was called "dark marine blue" or something like that, and that's a good description.  It's a dark blue with a grayish-green tint.  This color is sold out, but there is still green and brown in stock.

Maybe after the baby comes, I'll go back to the machine and take in the side seams to make it more form-fitting below the arms, but for now it has plenty of room for the belly, and since it's such a soft, fluid jersey, I don't think it will look tent-like as-is after the baby comes.

Probably the coolest thing about finishing this top is how impressed my husband was.  He'll generally make a nice comment when I finish something, but he seemed genuinely surprised by this one.  :-)  Makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside.

1 comment:

RuthieK said...

Very cute top! Love that braided detail