Thursday, 2 April 2020

wardrobe essentials 2020 - a Liberty Montrose top





Drawings from Cashmerette.com


How are you all doing? We are all well, with the occasional tension headache. The weather continues to be rather nice, which makes me happy because a dog walk or a run in the sun is so much better than a dog walk or a run in the rain. We have a good lockdown routine going I think and all things considered, we live in relative harmony (with occasional fierce outbursts of frustration).

But I am not here today to talk about live as we experience it at the moment. I am here today to show you my second Montrose top. You can see the first version here. I made exactly the same version with Liberty fabric my mum gave me for my birthday last year, or maybe the year before that. I can't actually remember. I notice that the front neckline is not sitting quite perfectly but this is just be an artefact of me posing because this is the first time I notice. The fabric is somewhere in between drapey and structured. What I am trying to say is probably that it holds it shape well. It was a pleasure to sew, not nearly as slippery as the chiffon version I made before.

The back is gathered in the middle, which I rather like. On the diagram above you can see that I made a hybrid version, combining the sleeves of one with the body of the other. There is a second version with a keyhole back. I do like it but I am not sure I have the patience to actually make this. One day maybe.

It is such a simple top but I think it is just right. I am quite sure there are more Montroses in my future. I like to keep things simple and I like to make several version of a pattern that I like and that looks nice on me. Mind you, if this lockdown is going on for a long time, I'll be as big as a house and a small tent might suit me better.

Thanks for visiting. I hope you are keeping well.


15 comments:

  1. I like your short hair! Hope you can cut it yourself - all of our hair styles are going to be interesting by May.

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  2. I like that fabric and the top looks great on you. Comfortable and pretty at the same time. Well done! Thanks for posting! Stay safe!

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  3. Love the top, it looks perfect. Glad the sun is shining. It somehow makes things a little more easy to cope. Good that your family is coping. B x

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  4. The top looks wonderful, as does the hairstyle. Mine already is looking a little forlorn. I have just looked up and out of the window, whilst you are enjoying sunshine it is snowing here...yes, really! Stay safe.

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  5. A very essential top that looks fabulous on you. Looking pretty trim from down here I would say, Christina! I cut out a top in Liberty this week too. Jo xx

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  6. It looks lovely on you... and your hair is stunning!

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  7. Looks fabulous! What a gorgeous print, I love the gathering at the back. Glad to hear that you have found a routine it is what will help us through this time I feel.

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  8. Bravo on making your own clothing. You and the blouse are darling! The only thing I make for myself are crocheted hats and scarves. I'm okay with that. Stay well and safe. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  9. The top looks quite stylish and your short hair looks nice too. We are keeping well and distancing in our apt, at times even from one another.

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  10. It's gorgeous! It fits you just perfectly. You look so pleased. Making your own clothing is very satisfying.

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  11. Absolutely beautiful and a perfect color! Simple is often the best. I love your short hair cut. It looks great.

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  12. what a lovely cheerful top, looks great on you. Love the sunglasses too !

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  13. I love that fabric so much! It looks so good with this pattern.

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  14. I love that, the fabric and the style suit you well. Great job. x

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