I’m not sure anyone noticed with all the voting hubbub around here lately but I didn’t post a top yesterday. Here’s what was holding me up:
Oh woe is me. When I decided to try to do a top in a different fabric every day, I should have thought twice about what I actually had in the closet to work with. This stuff is downright nightmarish, puckery, wrinkly, fraysalot. And I don’t even know what to call it, but I’m certain it’s some kind of polyester. The words of Heidi Klum on Project Runway keep running through my head: “That’s $300 of POLYESTER!?!” (But didn’t you feel SO bad for Anthony? He was the best.) At least I didn’t commit that faux pas of paying much for it, as I believe this silky solid stuff came from my local craft superstore. So at least I can call this one a muslin. Phew.
It’s been so fun to see the trends in clothing show up in this year’s Spring Top Week pool; did you notice how many of the tops in had ruffles? And yes, I like many others have succumbed to the trend. I *heart* ruffles. Lots and lots. There are so many great ruffled tops in the pool that I would love to own. But I think this one really goes too far. It’s too much. It’s almost circus-like. Last night when I walked past my sewing room and caught a glimpse of it on my dress-form, it actually made me laugh. Mr Rae’s comment: “Nice collar.” *grinning* I bet he can’t wait to take me out on Date Night tonight in this getup, walking a safe eight or nine feet behind me.
So something must go. Is it the collar? The sleeve ruffles? Or am I wrong about this, is it a win (shakes head no)? I think the answer to the puckering along the neck and sleeves is probably some kind of elaborate facing. I LOVE the color, and LOVE the neckline (which came, by the way, from my pattern for this top and this top). The question is if it’s worth all the trouble to make it work?
Today is the last day to vote before the final round. Scroll down to the next post for today’s tops and weigh in!