It should be no big surprise that I’ve decided I will use both the Tabula Rasa Blouse and T exclusively in my Spring 2017 6PAC. I am triplely fond of these 2 patterns because they fit, they can be used with a wide variety of fabrics without further alterations, and from the front they look like classic blouses and T’s. From the front, the princess seam is not visible. Nor are any darts (they are incorporated into said princess seams and side panel). Indeed from the front, you can’t even tell how easy-to-sew that set-in sleeve is. What’s of question to me is which fabrics will I use.
I’m positive on using the solid print. Just a question of how. I find that my solid T’s are the first to be worn out. Especially in neutral colors like navy, black and white, these T’s seldom last a full season because they are the first to be chosen. This bright blue may not be on my back as often as the neutrals, but I think it will be worn a lot. My internal debate is on making a plain TRT or adding some embellishment. A solid presents so many opportunities for embellishment. So many things I could do — but should I? After all, I intend this to be the corner-stone of my 6PAC (along with the wrap and pants). Will embellishment remove it from its anchor status? How much time do I want to invest in a garment which will be worn one maybe 2 seasons before it is ugly?
For a 6 PAC I need a 3rd layer, 3 tops and 2 bottoms. I prefer one of those tops to be a woven blouse which I can also layer over T’s if our SD Spring weather turns cold. So while both of the print fabrics will be made into TRT’s with sleeve or neckline variations, I’m not sure about the blouse fabrics:
The top fabric (probably Ikat inspired) is a peachskin with a lovely drape. It however is not as appealing layered with the blue, white, green print
as is the Thai Silk:
The Thai Silk unfortunately has much more body than the peachskin. I think I would prefer the silk in a differentstyle. It needs more structure to bring it closer to my body. Unfortunately, I don’t have a pattern fitted which will give it that structure. Do I dare use the silk with the TRJ?
Lastly, but taking up most of my thought process is my 3rd layer. This is a specialty weave purchased I think, from Fabricmartfabrics.com about 3 years ago
I love its color and the drape. The fringe (selvage) will make a wonderful trim. Not sure what the fiber is but that’s OK. After all, my 3rd layers are worn and pressed, without going through the whole laundry cycle, most of the time.
My first thought was to make the TRJ adding an inch or so to the length; possibly extending the front to a drape. Then I realized that’s not what I’m wearing. My 3rd layers since mid-Fall have been Ruana’s and shrugs
and shrugs with Ruana’s being selected most of the time for maximum coverage. Perhaps during spring, I won’t reach as much for the Ruana. Then again when I’m cold is when I reach for a wrap. When I’m cold, I want a wrap to cover everything.
So I checked my Pinterest Board “3rd Layers” hoping for new 3rd layer shapes that are current. Something that covers my arms. Oh and something that takes advantage of the drape of my fabric.
Do you have any favorites?