As if there wasn't already enough to do, I decided, the evening before our recent camping trip, that I could just quickly make a little something for myself to wear on holiday. After all, I couldn't waste the opportunity to take some blog pics with this beautiful backdrop.
The top is the 'one-piece scoop neck asymmetrical top' which is pattern No. 4 from Drape Drape 2 by Hisako Sato. Since it is made from only one piece of fabric I thought it would be pretty speedy to make. It was too. The most time consuming part was tracing the pattern, which had to be done in three separate sections and pieced together into a rather large and cumbersome sheet.
I used a piece of striped fabric from my stash that I'd bought ages ago in an op-shop for about $3. It was almost exactly the right amount, so only scraps left over. The black binding is some pre-cut lycra binding that I got in several colours at a recent sale at a swimwear factory. This stuff has been so useful. I've used it in place of fold-over elastic and bias binding on several things. I also used it as embellishment on this hemline.
I cut the L/XL size top and the fit is great. I like the way the top is loose and drapey at the top then snug around the hips. It's also cool how the sleeves are completely different to each other but you don't really notice that until you look closely. Same with the stripes which subtly go every which way due to the way the pattern is cut and folded.
This was a great choice for a holiday top. Casual enough for the beach, but stylish enough to fit in with the boutique/cafe set in the village. I'm looking forward to making more from the Drape Drape books.
By the way, don't be fooled by these tranquil-looking photos. While they were being taken, the boys were wreaking their usual havoc up and down the beach with snorkels and skim boards.
Then, when they tired of that, they buried poor Truffle.
Lucky he's so docile :)