Leap of faith top

This top involved several leaps of faith. Firstly, buying the fabric. It was in an op shop and cost a massive $2, but the bag was sealed with a “do not open” sign on it (and on all the other fabrics).

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I liked the look of the fabric, so I broke a sneaky hole in the bag and felt it to ascertain the fibre content.

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The photos are a re-enactment of the event as I didn’t take any photos of any of this as I hadn’t anticipated what was to come.

I happily handed over my $2 and was keen to see how much I had. By the size of the packet I figured there would be enough to make a tee-shirt, such as a Scout. When I tore open the packet to my dismay lots of pieces fell out. They looked like scraps and I was so disgusted that the op shop had kind of misled me. However, it was only $2 so I threw the bag of scraps into the naughty corner and thought no more about it (well nearly – I did seethe a bit occasionally).

In my recent clean up I found the bag and thought that I would see if I could salvage something. I found a sleeve shaped piece, and then another, and then a couple of pockets, and I decided to start looking at each piece. I found a piece which was obviously a front with a v-neck, and it was at that point that I decided I had a garment, albeit in pieces. My apologies for the lack of photographs, but at this point I was totally engrossed in the fabric puzzle and didn’t even think about it. In the end I had the sleeves, the pockets, some strips of fabric of various lengths, and then I had four very strange shaped pieces. For those who are interested in such things, the fabric seems to be a viscose/spandex blend. It is soft and rather lovely. I’ve washed it a couple of times and it is well behaved in that department.

My second leap of faith involved piecing this top together. It took hours. I had no idea what the finished garment would look like, or if it would even fit me, and there were some very odd shapes. I found the neck binding fairly easily but there was a short piece which I eventually decided was a pocket welt – well, that’s where I put it anyway! Then there was a long piece which I thought was for the bottom but the bottom wasn’t even, so I had no idea what to do. I considered cutting it to make it even, but I could see it might look weird even weirder. There was also a rectangle that seemed to belong to the back. This involved my third leap of faith – I basically put everything where it seemed to match and started stitching, occasionally having to ease the pieces together. Then I remembered to take photos!

Here is the front – interesting? I took the photos after I stitched the flaps out, but before I cut them off.

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Well, this is the back and that is even more interesting!IMG_5449

Can you see the two little flaps on the back and there is one on the front. Again, I forgot to take photos but they stuck out in a most peculiar manner. I cut them off. Then there is the “princess seaming”. Look at the angle! By now I was concocting a story about this top in my head. I decided that it had belonged to a young design student who was trying for edgy but concluded that his/her teacher wouldn’t like it, so threw it out. OR… it was a person like me who saw a top in a shop and tried to replicate it, but it all went horribly wrong. Whatever, it certainly looks like it’s made for someone who has a strange body shape. Speaking of which, here it is finished and on me – my fourth leap of faith was actually wearing it!

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I had no idea what to wear this with, so went with my new black tights, which I am totally in love with and wear at every opportunity. The back is kind of baggy but I quite like it, I’m pretending that it gives me a decent shape in the backside department.DSC07579

OK, the front is barely decent, but I can’t do a lot about this. It doesn’t improve with a change of angle either! This photo below shows what I had to do with the bottom. The band starts high and finishes low, but doesn’t meet up. I’m a bit sorry now that I wasn’t more organised and used my little flaps to fashion another pocket. But one pocket is better than none – right?DSC07583

I had thought that this might be a good camping top. It’s a tad small in the bust but I think I’ll get away with it. Now I’ve worn it round the house for a couple of hours I am considering wearing it in public, but trousers might be in order!

 

 

 

Fadanista

32 thoughts on “Leap of faith top

  1. What super fabric and the top looks great on you. I continue to be impressed with your ingenuity and your stamina for completing so many garments.

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  2. You’re like me. It’s the journey that’s interesting, and the end result is just a bonus (well, most of the time)! 😄 I really like your interesting top! It looks very designer-y. Perhaps a shortish black skirt underneath would make it a tad more respectable for town wear? At least that’s what I’ve seen suggested elsewhere with slightly too short tops, so I can’t claim its my own idea.

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  3. Can you imagine, Sue, if you ever bump into the person who gave this unfinished dress to the op shop? She will be amazed! “Oh! I shouldn’t have given up!”

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  4. I love mysteries so enjoyed your taking us through the mystery of this DO NOT OPEN BAG! Such fun, love the top
    and your cleverness to completion. With your great legs, I agree about a short black skirt here. Smashing and thanks
    for the ideas your present.

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  5. Oh this would have been like trying to complete a jigsaw puzzle without seeing the final picture before you start. You have done a magnificent job creating this top and I think this should be worn in public and not relegated to house wear. Love your work!

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  6. Great leap! It looks terrific on you and I think it looks very decent with your tights. I think your tights aren’t like shop bought – thin and see through so they’ll be fine. Maybe the person who cut it out reads your blog…

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  7. I think I would have been tempted to put this together too, and I agree with your surmised back stories. I like it on you too. Great outcome even if it is one of the quirkiest stories I ever heard.

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  8. I love this on you Sue. (Dont know whether to call it a top or a dress). Great fit, great colours and print on you. Agree that a short, pencil skirt will compliment the style. Amazing result from a ‘do not open’ op shop bag!

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