firstly, the inspiration. i was reading a blog post on how good is that? one day and i saw in the side bar a blog i had never read before effortless anthropologie so i clicked on the link and this was the post that appeared. i love everything about the neoprene sweatshirt featured, the style, fabric design and how it looks dressy but that i imagine it would be very comfy. i decided i wanted to make something similar but needed a pattern and fabric.
i thought about using a rub off pattern that i made from a rtw top, but it has long sleeves, a high low hem and a round neck. luckily for me lily sage & co has made up simplicity 1366 - a cynthia rowley pattern recently and as soon as i saw it on her blog i knew it would be a perfect pattern to use.
lastly i needed some fabric. recently darn cheap fabrics posted a photo of some new spring neoprene fabric on IG. both myself and lara of thornberry liked the fabric and as the fabric was not available online lara very kindly offered to pick me up some next time she went to dcf. I love how social media works!
so here's my top:
i made a straight size 8, even though my bust measurement correlates with a size 14 and my waist and hips with size 16. i decided to go with a size 8 based on the finished measurements printed on the pattern and am happy with how it worked out - though during construction of my first 1366 i did wonder if i had gone too small!
the only alterations i made were to lengthen the front and back by 2 1/4" and shorten the sleeves by 3/4". i also used home made bias binding to finish the neckline, rather than use the pattern piece provided.
i used my sewing machine with a small zig zag for all of the construction. the inside of this fabric looks fantastic too.
i used zig zag to hem the sleeves and bottom as i thought it suits the triangle cut outs.
yes there will be more of these tops, perfect for work and play. have made 2 others in knit already (they are quick - like a couple of hours) and am keen to try some woven ones too. perhaps at some time i will try a neck band, cuffs and a sloping hem like the anthropologie one too.