Thursday, January 6, 2011

two, too simple angora wool jersey tops

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I'm having a giveaway for celebrating this blog's 2nd anniversary. Please visit the post if you would like to enter the raffle. It will be closed on 14/January/2011.
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I was wishing to have a warm pullover for fighting with the shivering winter, and I found a pretty fabric. The problem was that, I needed to choose its color. The shop had four colors (white, lavender, pink and mustard) in stock. Which color do you think I chose?

Well, I didn't buy mustard one. It means I have a pink angora jersey left in my stash, and...
110105fujiko3v2*

110105fujiko2*

110105fujiko8*

101215-3v2*

101215-6*

101215-13
They are pretty much same, albeit I made them in different sizes and adopted different types of neckline. I wanted to wear the white one loosely. Meanwhile, the lavender one is to be fitting snugly to wear under the layer and also has a small option to show its pretty color (like in the fourth and fifth pictures). By the way, I'm the one of long-armed creatures, and I lengthened the sleeves quite a lot. I'm very happy with my new sleeves that are generously covering and warming up my arms. The sleeves make them look warm and relaxed, and I love it.

Apart from the original fitting issue, I kinda believe that controlling what size, length, and fit to choose is a part of "dressing beautiful". (Maybe I should say "invisibly dressing nicer"? ...sounds even dodgier.) I know I'm talking it too much but I honestly think we who sew are really lucky.

If you would like to see my sad arms in a typical ready-made pullover, which has already been washed more than several times though, see what happens here (I'm kinda unconsciously hiding them, ain't I).

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pattern: Fujiko top from TAMANEGI-KOBO (PDF)
sleeves were lengthened for the wearer's warmth(about 7-10cm)
fabric: angora wool jersey, warm, light, soft, less stretchy, and very fluffy
white: off-turtle neck, size between M-L
lavender: crew neck, size S, with a separate tubular cowl, raised neckline
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Love,
yoshimi



P.S.#1
According to the shop information, TAMANEGI-KOBO is now considering to translate some of instructions of their patterns into English for the English speaking customers. If you already think of some particular patterns and would like to make a request for getting your favorite ones translated earlier, they are waiting for you to hear your say at their shop page.

P.S.#2
The product name of the exact gadget that I'm about to give away in this post is "マールサシ", and the name of the company is "河口株式会社" (KAWAGUCHI Co., Ltd.). They seem to have no English homepage but they do have a PDF catalogue which you can get at their Japanese homepage.

P.S.#3
I guess I should visit my mother soon again to check the detail of her jacket... You all are right, I should have done it, really!!

21 comments:

  1. Angora fabric how lovely and your tops are so beautiful. As you say those of us that sew are really lucky.

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  2. That's great news! I hope Tamanegi would make the English instructions available to customers who bought the patterns in Japanese only in the first place.
    Love your tops and collars!

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  3. When I was 11, I stopped being able to buy sleeves long enough. It was lucky it was also the year I learned to sew :-). So I completely agree with you on how lucky we seamstresses are.
    I'd have gone for the mustard personally :-), but I really like how you increased the versatility of your lavender top with the detached cowl. That's a really nice way to increase the wear possibilities.

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  4. Beautiful tops! And the Angora fabric makes them look (and I'm sure feel) so comfy!

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  5. Really lovely tops. You always get the most beautiful fabric! As someone else with monkey-long arms, I also love making my tops with super long sleeves to compensate for all the tugging down I have to do with purchased tops.

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  6. Lovely and looks so comfy! I want to try to make one for myself!
    今年もよろしくお願いします♪

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  7. Ooh those just look so warm and cosy! Perfect for winter!

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  8. The tops look lovely, but the one thing I keep noticing when I read your blog is that you have a great figure & an amazing knack for sewing things that really flatter you. They always look so good on you.

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  9. Beautiful tops. They both look so snuggly. You show such attention to detail!

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  10. Those are gorgeous tops and look so comfortable.

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  11. Those are perfect warm tops. Can't wait to see what happens to the pink angora.

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  12. Those look so snuggly and warm!

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  13. Your tops turned out so well! Pretty and practical.

    How did you do the neck on the lavendar top? I can't tell if you bound it or its turned and stitched. Either way, it's a lovely finish for that fabric.

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  14. Really beautiful tops. And you are so lucky to be able to buy angora fabric! WOW! You could NEVER get such beautiful fabric here!

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  15. These are beautiful! Where do you find such great fabric?

    katja

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  16. These fabrics look so cozy. When I make long sleeves, I like them very long too. What a great idea with the detachable cowl. So many versatile looks with these pieces.

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  17. Those tops look so warm and soft and I love the colours you chose!

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  18. Beautiful! You are lucky to have access to such great fabrics!
    Sherri

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  19. What beautiful work, just amazing! I have to add that I love your jeans and boots too! Thanks for sharing!!

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  20. Wow! I love it Yoshimi - beautiful! I am now going to consider making these tops!

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