As much as I love sewing woven tops, I really like to wear knit tops better. I find that I always reach for knit tops when I'm getting dressed. I get a little bored with straight up tshirts, even though I wear those a lot too, so I'm always on the lookout for a good knit top pattern. When I saw this Vogue Rebecca Taylor pattern on Little Bettty's blog, I loved it. I bought the pattern online from a BMV sale (my fanatical self was fortunate they were on sale right then), because I didn't want to wait for a Joann sale.
The pattern called for a stable knit, and I think that is key to success. I had a pretty stable cream bamboo knit in my stash that I used (and obviously didn't iron before or after I made the top). I think that this pattern would be kind of a nightmare to sew in a stretchy, spandex-y knit, because of the details (which, in my opinion, make the top). The instructions are great and result in a really nicely finished product. I'm not sure if I'd ever sewn with a Vogue Designer pattern before. I've always been kind of intimidated by them, but I really am happy with how this turned out, and with the techniques specified in the instructions.
I really passed over this pattern when it first came out. I'm not sure why, because I really like it now. Maybe my eye hadn't adjusted to the style yet. I also modified it a little to minimize the hi-low hem. I know they're trendy, but I'm not super trendy :) It still has a little mullet hem in back, but I think I trimmed a couple inches off the original pattern in back.
I'm also wearing a pair of jeans I just finished, but haven't blogged. I still need to do that. They're a copy from a favorite pair of Lucky jeans I've had for a while. I used the press'n'seal method of copying them and I'm really happy with how they turned out. Stay tuned... :)