Wednesday, February 6, 2013

A Bird Explosion

During the after Christmas break I took some time to finish and make myself up a few new pieces for the new year. In my continuing saga of replacing my ready to wear shirts I whipped up this super soft bird print. I must admit I bought it online and didn't comprehend the part of the description that said, "light green background". It looked white in the pictures so it was quite a shock when I opened the box and my white looked yellowish. But I loved the print so I persevered and made the shirt. Once I had it on with my finally finished brown tank top and brown pants, I was in love. 
 It demanded to be made into a cowl top as I had it laid out ready to be cut. I found a quick and easy solution that only involved some wire and a pen. If you are interested in knowing how, let me know in the comments and I'll whip up a tutorial since I have to make another one for February's Stashbusting.
Up close and personal, this fabric really drapes well.

When I came upstairs wearing this outfit my Mom remarked how skinny I looked. I told her it was because: 1. I was wearing clothes that fit me in the depths of winter when I'm usually bundled up and 2. it was because my pants hit me at about the smallest part of my waist, so guess where the eye is drawn!
Love creating optical illusions with what I wear. Long torso or tiny waist? Which do you prefer?
Do you try to create optical illusions when you dress? How do you incorporate prints into your dressing? My family thinks this shirt is pretty wild and I will agree it is a "less is more" shirt. It works great with the new wardrobe I am trying to build and when I throw my brown fuzzy vest over it I feel ready to go!

14 comments:

Judith said...

Your optical illusion works brilliantly! Great sewing and the colours in the top really flatter you - no more RTW tops for you, just more of these...J

Donna said...

It does drape beautifully - well done!

Sharon @ Laurelhurst Craftsman said...

Pretty fabric.

EmSewCrazy said...

Thanks, I think so too!

EmSewCrazy said...

Thanks Donna, I was pretty excited with how well it worked out.

EmSewCrazy said...

Yep! I'm pretty sold on the fit and fun I can make. Thanks, it's good to know my new color palette is working and its not just me wanting it to work.

Shelly said...

A great basic in a fabulous print! Very flattering. Well done.

EmSewCrazy said...

Thanks, I'm pretty pleased and its so super soft to wear.

Melissa said...

What a great top and cute print!

Carolyn said...

That print is totally adorable! and I love the colours too :)

Cation Designs said...

Put a bird on it!! That top certainly does work nicely with your pants...I'm all for longer legs, plus I agree that print might be better balanced with a larger swath of solid color. Great job with cowl drape, and I look forward to more!

EmSewCrazy said...

Thanks, the print is pretty amazing!

EmSewCrazy said...

Thanks, I couldn't resist the birds with the pop of pink.

EmSewCrazy said...

YEah! I loved your Put a Cat on It series!
I just love how put together I feel in this outfit. Oh yeah!