I Spy a Piper with a Polka-Dot Bow

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Right-o. I'll start with the obvious. Amazing Friday evening.  It did not involve going out although a couple of glasses of wine were consumed.  I had a bit of time to myself which during most weeks free time hovers at the nanosecond level.  I binged on Broadchurch while sewing.  English murder mystery -- I just couldn't resist.  Whilst I watched Hardy and Ellie methodically follow the case and the unfolding of this poor town being gutted, I worked on a UFO.  The Piper Top.  Embarrassingly, I made it through Season one (Gasp! The end!!) and finished my top.  Season two...where are you??

Experiment:
Size: XS

Material:
Blue Wave Cotton
Navy Blue Polka Dot Cotton
Cotton Interface
Light Gray Mettler Thread

Procedure:
I must admit that I cut the Piper on a whim, a very long while ago.  If I had to put a date I would say sometime in October!  The Piper came to me through a bundle sometime during the first half of 2014 – Bundle Up Sale – similar to the Pattern Parcel. I had never heard of Violette Field Threads but a quick search indicated that they specialized in children’s patterns and carried some ladies patterns, all of which I want.   Since Piper can be a dress or a top, the choice was easy.  With absolutely no curves, shift dresses do not highlight my assets, so top it was.

I did not want to cut into my precious lawn or viscose so back in October, if I can recall, I used pieces of cotton from my stash.  When trying a new pattern company I work with a slow and steady caution (dare I say like Hardy and Ellie!?!) until I know what works and what does not.  Especially with fit.  The cotton I used for the blouse is a sturdier fabric than probably recommended – after wearing the top it does require a little more drape. 


My favorite feature of this pattern is the bow on the back.  My husband’s response was “Wow!  That is a large bow!”  That is code for “Are you really going to wear that?”  Ummm, yes. Yes I will.  I opted for the lined bowed for the back of the blouse because I had no coordinating knit on hand.  I would recommend the knit bow only because I sense it would be lighter and flow easier.  The lined cotton bow is heavy and awkward. 
I love the approach to ease in the sleeve.  It yielded that puffy, whimsical sleeve cap. To be perfectly honest, mine are not even. (I should have looked closer before adding to my bodice).  But like a boss, I’ll own it.
Not one of my most favorite makes.  The directions and pattern are fab.  It just doesn't feel like me -- shocking with the bow, collar, and puffy sleeves.  Maybe the weather needs to get warmer and I need to wear it more.  We'll see...


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