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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Inspired by a Cynthia Rowley top

 Don't ask me why but I saw this Cynthia Rowley top at Macy's and I loved it. I think it was $60 on sale and there was no way I was going to pay that. I instantly thought of the plaid knit you see in my garment,  I bought it from Gorgeous Fabrics a while ago (Ann now has other plaid knits available). There wasn't much left and since placement mattered with this fabric I had left it for when inspiration struck.  The grey knit was in my stash also, no idea where it came from!

For my version I used Vogue 1261 which I have made before as the basis. I added width to the sleeves, which are pretty narrow in this pattern.
 I remembered seeing the Hot Cocoa Sweater pattern in a blog (it's free!) and I had liked how the back was longer than the front but in a gentle curve so I used the bottom of  this pattern to shape my hem and then measured and cut a band to fit. I also added cuffs to the sleeves and cut a wider band for the neckline than the recommended width in the Vogue pattern.

As you can see my version is longer than the inspiration and the neckline not as high. I'm very happy with mine I think my changes make this top more versatile.
This top was finished before the New Year but just got to wear it yesterday for the first time. I'm glad I had it to show you since no sewing has been going on. I have been knitting but I can't decide what to sew next and it has paralyzed my mojo, anyone familiar with this?

13 comments:

  1. Love it! I understand that yiu liked the C.R. Top in teh first place, it's "tres chic", and your version is even better

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  2. I agree - your version of this top is much nicer than the store one! Very nice! I can feel your pain - I'm often undecided about what to sew next. I try to fill the "holes" in my wardrobe and go through my patterns to figure out what to do next. Then I read blogs and I usually fall in love with something someone has made and I get instant inspiration!

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  3. Your version suits you.
    Think of this time as a sewing holiday. You're sewing mojo will return when you're ready :))

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  4. I like your version better than the inspiration. And yes, I can't seem to get my sewing mojo going either - too many possible projects to choose from and all are fairly complex. Ugh.

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  5. That is a super knock-off! Good job! Isn't it fun to be able to copy what you see in RTW?

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  6. Tres cool! It's great when you have just the right fabric in stash.

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  7. I like yours more!

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  8. Great top! I think we all suffer from dips in our mojo. I always have that problem after finishing a big project.

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  9. I love your version much more than the inspiration piece! The plaid fabric you chose is so much nicer and the curved hemline is wonderful. One thing that helped me get back into the sewing swing of things was going through my stash and organizing everything. I was able to recall some fabrics I had forgotten about and felt inspired to use them!

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    1. That sounds great! I think it is what I need to do!

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  10. Your top looks a lot like the CR inspiration top especially the colors, but the curved bottom is more interesting and flattering, and how great that you used a remnant in your stash. Jean's suggestion for getting back sewing mojo is good. While I don't make a point of orgainizing my stash. I do look through my boxes of patterns and fabric to remind me of what I have and remember what I wanted to make. I also look through my folders of inspiration pictures.

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  11. Great job on recreating your inspiration! I love that print you used.

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  12. LOVE IT! I've been bad about blog reading lately, but I'm glad I saw this. Any time you decide you don't like it, you know where I live.

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