Friday, April 22, 2016

Double Gauze Ethel

More stripes! I've been feeling the stripes lately... green and white stripes, specifically.


This is Style Arc's Ethel Designer Top. This pattern caught my eye immediately... you know my thoughts on cut-on sleeves and simple lines (if you don't: I love them.). 


After seeing the beautiful striped versions made by Katie and Lara, I popped in and bought the pattern during one of Style Arc's PDF pattern sales, fully intending to make it using one of the striped fabrics in my stash.


The fabric is some lovely grass green striped double gauze from imagine gnats (affiliate link)... good stuff, this fabric! Delightfully light and airy. I love the slightly squiggly stripes and cheerful kelly green color. Sometimes the photos make me feel a bit dizzy, though- the fabric is difficult to photograph!


The pattern was fairly straightforward, with the exception of sewing the armhole facings/side seams. The instructions were a little sketchy there and I'm not totally sure I did it correctly. But it's done and it's not terrible, so we'll call it a win.


However, the final product: I'm still undecided. I don't hate it, but I don't love it. It's decidedly boxier than I thought it would be... it seems wider than it is long! And the neckline is a bit high for my taste- I should have scooped it out a little bit like Katie did.


Part of me thinks I should have just played around with my beloved Maya to get the same effect- slash the pattern to get those diagonal seamlines. Maya is a better shape and length for me, and has the perfect neckline. 


That said, I love the stripes going in different directions and Ethel's diagonal seamlines are quite nice. I topstitched all of my diagonal seams to mirror the topstitched neck, arm and waistband facings.


And despite initially feeling a bit iffy about the short length, I actually quite like it with my Birkin Flares, as I am showing you here. Shows off the killer butt fit I got from these jeans (note to self: make more Birkin Flares).

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  1. Really cute top and that fabric is perfect for it.

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    1. Thanks so much, Jean Margaret!!

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  2. I really like it on you but also am mentally filing away your idea to hack the Maya......

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    1. Thanks, Sarah! Yeah... I'm constantly guilty of buying new patterns when I probably should have hacked patterns I already own. But since it supports indie designers, I try not to be too hard on myself.

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  3. I almost bought this top in the Style Arc sale at Easter but in the end I decided to play around with Maya. I'm sorry you aren't totally happy with your top. I don't think it looks too short at all and I love the fun stripes!

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    1. Smart woman!! ;-) Can't wait to see your hacked Maya!

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  4. It's very pretty in this fabric! I agree though, the neck isn't quite right. I had to fiddle with mine on the fly to get it looking OK, but maybe working from the Maya would be better. I have also somehow lost my version of the paper pattern so I can't make it again even if I wanted to!

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    1. Thanks, Katie! Ha ha, maybe it's a sign that you lost the pattern...

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  5. Oh this is good Meg...I love the top as is and especially with the dark flares.

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    1. Thanks, Margo! My opinion of it went up when I paired it with the flares- the combo works well, I think!

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  6. Great fabric choice, and I agree with everyone else - a great great pair with your Birken flares! Interesting thought about modifying the Maya, though ... now you have me thinking about a color blocked Maya with diagonal seaming!

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    1. Thanks, Inder! Ha ha, I am thinking about Maya hacks, too!

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  7. I really like it!! The fabric is so pretty and I love the panels. I also love the sleeves. I hope you wear it, because it's really cute!

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    1. Thanks, Heather! I'll definitely wear it; just not sure I'd make it again. I'd probably just do the Maya hack if I wanted a similar look!

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