Thursday, August 8, 2013
dreaming of autumn - reconstruction
our plucky heroine found an splendid Goodwill score - an Eileen Fisher top, which will be an excellent addition to my autumn wardrobe.
The style: a narrow button-front tunic, with long sleeves, a band collar, and fairly deep side slits. The fabric: a highly crinkled linen rayon blend, black with tiny double pinstripes. Of course, it didn't quite fit me... the shoulders were good, the sleeves were good, but the two sides of the front didn't meet... close, but not there...
This was too excellent a find to leave for some more svelte* girl to take home. The need to partially deconstruct the shirt has given me a chance to examine how parts of it are put together, in particular the intersection of the side seams and the side slits, and while it is not anything remarkable, it is worth my taking notes to get an equally smooth result in future efforts. My plan is to cut off some of the length to add narrow side panels, and possibly also narrow triangular gores in the back, so the top will skim over my curves, and then re-hem the lower edges.
* svelte is an archaic Norse word for "starved"