Wednesday, November 7, 2012

What I Learned Across the Border



I had more fun with this project than I've had in quite a while. Although Vogue 8390 is a simple design and an easy sew, it was the use of a border print that took it up a notch from a basic wardrobe builder to a one-of-a-kind, boutique-chic standout. At least that's what I was told countless times yesterday when I wore it!
 
When I spotted this fabulous ITY knit at High Fashion here in Houston I was immediately thrown into auto-swoon. It had every element that appealed to my senses, warm earth tones, some animal print but with a twist, a lot of artistic contrast, high energy but at the same time soothing and the most important ingredient that dropped the brick on the gotta-have side of the scale...a pop of orange.
 
I spent a good bit of time playing with the positioning of my pattern pieces. The print coming up from the border was different on each selvage edge so it gave me a lot of possibilities. You can see that the back, with the exception of the border, almost seems like a companion fabric from a different bolt:



So, what was the take-away message I learned from making this top? I need to take more risks with my sewing projects and elevate the "oomph factor" of my finished garments. I think the perfect mix can be achieved between a garment that is edgy.. but still classy. Cledgy? You heard it here first.
 
A long time ago one of my sister's gave me the ultimate compliment about one of my projects. She said, "that's the kind of thing...that when you die...people fight over." I want to sew those kinds of things!
 
Thanks for stopping by and here's hoping all your days are only sew-sew...
 
P.S. if you'd like to read my Pattern Review of this top you can find the link to the right in the "Hot Off My Bernina" box.

19 comments:

  1. Oh my, I LOVE your top! I just finished up a dress made from a border print and I agree, it was so fun to sew. Not afraid of borders anymore;)

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    1. Thanks! I saw your dress! I love it..aren't border prints fun? I want more!

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  2. Best knit ever and you chose the placement of it so beautifully. Wonder if they have any left...

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    1. Hi Martha,
      I bet they do...I just bought it last week and there was a good bit left on the bolt. You can't order online from them and their customer service isn't great but you might be able to make it happen. thanks so much for the comment and compliment!

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    2. I'll let you know what happens when I call.

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  3. Oh My! Today it´s my birthday....pleaaaase?! Just kidding!
    Love, love, love what you´ve done with the fabric and the way it suits you. You´re going to get a lot of compliments and some wolf whistles too! ;)

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    1. You are so adorable. When is your birthday?...I will make you one!

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  4. This is a fabulous top. So different and lovely.

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    1. Thanks, BeaJay...we love different...guess that's one reason we sew, right?

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  5. Very cool fabric. Looks great on you.

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    1. Thanks, Cissie...it was a fun project

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  6. I absolutely love it. I need to get my hands on some of that fabric.

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    1. Thanks Angela, let me know if you need help with the fabric!

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  7. That. Is. Gorgeous!!! I LOVE the print, and the border. Wow!

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    1. Thanks, Steph! I really appreciate your comment and compliments!

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  8. THe fabric suits your colouring just perfectly and is so striking in so many different ways.

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    1. Thanks, Janine...it was a totally must have fabric. Don't you love it when that happens?

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  9. What a great print, and so versatile to expand your creativity.

    love it and enjoy the compliments

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  10. Love everything about this top!

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