Well, it’s done! Donna Karan’s unusual top courtesy Vogue 1039 and the accompanying pants, unveiled yesterday. I’m not wearing this outfit today, but since I was futzing with the pants yesterday, I thought I’d throw on the top (which has been hanging in my closet for a couple of weeks) and take pictures of it.
Let me just say there is nothing like me-made challenges to make you understand what you should and shouldn’t wear for your body’s shape. Take this top for instance. I love this top. I love everything about it: the pleats, the fabric choice (same green silk as my Ruby camisole), the ruching down the side seams and the general weirdness of it all. But I don’t think this top really likes me. I made this up in my chest size – not my bust size – to get the fit through the shoulders. This is my general rule of thumb, and then I usually proceed with an FBA. The pattern describes this tunic as a loose-fitting. Sure. It’s very loose fitting, but it is not loose fitting through the bust. There is supposedly two inches of wearing ease through the bust point. Unfortunately for me, the chest:bust ratio that I own negated that wearing ease. I should have cut my bust size. I just need to find an undergarment that FLATTENS instead of supports. Then the darn thing will hang closer to my body. But whatever! This top is so weird that I’ll probably wear it anyways just for the strange looks I’ll get! And there are a LOT pleats in the back. Isn’t this cool? What’s not to love about the 30 odd mini-pleats and the ruching? And if it’s windy, or I turn suddenly, it billows out and adds about 100cm to my circumference.Well, there’s no one else in my social circle that owns such a top. And that’s why I sew!