I was itching to sew this weekend, so I traced out #15, the Accordion top, from the most recent issue of Ottobre Woman. At first, I wasn’t attracted to this top, because of the loose fit at the waist, though it looks close fitting across the bust, and the back has vertical darts for shaping. Flat pattern measurements at the high hip weren’t enormous, so I started cutting and sewing and hoped I wouldn’t have a maternity top look. I’m using up the remnant from my Lyn Mizono dress. There was enough fabric to do horizontal pattern alignment, but not vertical alignment at the shoulders.
The front neck edge has a narrow hem while the back neck has a facing. It took three tries on one shoulder to get the neck edges aligned, on the other one it was perfect the first time:
Here the shoulder seams and neck seams are finished; the bust darst and side seams are basted. The shadow plaid weave obscures some of the details. I stitched the tucks about 1/2″ higher than marked at the top and extended them slightly in a shallow V starting at the 2 centre tucks to take away a bit of fullness below the bust.
I have enough fabric that I should be able to more or less match the pattern on the short sleeves. Lots of fun sewing today and the outcome will be better than I expected.
Over the past few days, I’ve been swatching for the next sweater once Lewis is finished. I used to subscribe to Vogue Knitting in the late 80s and 90s and still have some of them. They had a feature where an old pattern was re-interpreted for modern times. I like these patterns for the classic-vintage-modern look. It’s shocking to see a knitting magazine with the instructions printed in large font with large format charts!
Vogue Knitting Then & Now 1952 & Fall1996
Cascade 220 superwash
The blocked swatch is spot on for gauge. When I get to the real thing, waist shaping will be added and knit in one piece to the armholes if the pattern aligns for my size when knit in one, no belt. Might do seed stitch edges instead of the crotchet edging.
Liesl has an updated version of the Portfolio dress under her own line. I will have to pull out my original pattern and see if I can redraft it with a V neck and find fabric for a new version.