OK, I promise that I won’t be bombarding you with posts now that my technological problems appear resolved (albeit with having to re-educate my spam filter so please bear with that one – your comment may not appear until I’ve unspammed it, & from then it remembers you ever after …). But, just this once I’m following yesterday’s post with one today because I just *had* to respond to a challenge set by Maria Denmark on release of her latest pattern, the Day to Night Drape Top. It’s a slinky cowl necked top, & if you make it sleeveless it really takes minimal fabric for maximum effect. I have a thing for cowl necklines & when I saw it was on special offer at Craftsy, popped on over & added it to my sewing queue.
But when I saw that Maria had laid down a gauntlet – the first four reviews of this top would win an awesome Maria Denmark pattern as a prize- it suddenly rose to the top of my list as I can recognise a quick make when I see one (& love Maria Denmark’s pattern range having the Birgitte Tee and Kimono Tee as wardrobe favorites) . I thought it would be the perfect tonic to unselfish gift making – a fab Maria Denmark top, just for me. If I wasn’t one of the first four, never mind. It’s knit – score. Something for my holiday. Something that I could also wear to work. I had some 100% synthetic lycra with wonderful drape that was destined for a cowl neckline. That’s what is so cool about having a fabric stash. Moments such as this – want to make a top & go look & find something perfect. What’s so great about the Day to Night Drape top pattern is that although it is sleeveless, it can be made long sleeved by using the sleeves from the Birgitte tee (ha ha- yes- it’s winter after all!!!)
I had enough fabric to make a long sleeved version, much as I adore it sleeveless & will undoubtedly make a few of those in Spring. So, a front, a back & sleeves, just three pattern pieces. Sewing took hardly any time at all, I reckon an hour & a half tops. It’s a simple make, just have to get your head around how the shoulder seam works with the cowl facing. The method Maria uses in this pattern for the back neckline & armhole facings if sleeveless uses FOE (fold over elastic) or clear elastic. I used the latter.
I found the instructions easy to follow, but was not quite sure what to do with the cowl facing when sewing the sleeves – should some of it be attached in this seam as well? I thought yes.
The pattern, like all of Maria Denmark’s tops fits me well. I really like the cowl neck & being able to winter-fy it was clever.
This is definitely going to be useful & I can’t wait to make spring sleeveless versions out of *not much* jersey. Thanks for another great pattern Maria. Remember everyone, it’s on for a special introductory price through December. Buy it at Craftsy or at Maria Denmark & enjoy