As you may recall, I was recently gifted with this wonderful publication that is unavailable in the United States. At least in any part of the U.S. that I am aware of, and so desperately wanting to make something from this book chose the cute yellow top on the cover. All patterns are self-drafted with this particular top drafted from rectangles, felt this pattern might be manageable for my skill level.
Thought I'd put these two different top drawings up side by side to show what I used during the construction process. The photo, bottom right, is of a very straight, billowing top.... not at all what I desired.... but the basic idea is the same as the top I wanted. See how my top, photo left, sort of hangs down... not billows out straight.... due to the middle and bottom ruffle slanting upward, not cut straight. Anyway, this diagram helped me think through the construction steps.
And here's the finished top. The soft, drapey gray knit was a perfect choice for the desired effect of this top.
4-panel Alabama Chanin skirt, unembroidered with the exception of faux flat-felling all seams by hand-stitching with 3-strands of matching gray embroidery thread.
May and June 2015.
off-white newlook 6192 skirt and added the Yoshiko Tsukiori cardi/jacket and love this look! Wore it to church this day. Hmmm, didn't know the top was pulled up in the back in the photo, below right. That's one thing about this top's knit fabric, is that it sort of 'clings' to stuff.... inner jacket in the back here......
newlook 6192 skirt with the same cardi/jacket. What's a nice plus is that this color slips into my existing wardrobe well.
I'll be writing the Alabama Chanin 4-panel skirt information soon. Happy Sewing Everyone!
UPDATE 6.18.2015: The Alabama Chanin 4-panel skirt information has been written here