Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Novita top

You might know that I sewed a vogue 2900 dress the other day.
I found it very charming, especially on a human, and the dress inspired me a lot in sewing-wise. Actually, it has brought me two pieces of new garments that I'd post here today and soon.

the fabric
The fabric I used for the dress was an African wax printed plain woven pure cotton fabric.
For dresses, I generally prefer thin, soft and delicate fabrics that would hang well and make beautiful drapes. However, it was absolutely different. It was not thick, but it was coarse, hard, and rigid as a piece of thick paper, even after three hot and good washes before sewing. I cut it in bias hoping this to give a better fit, and I think it worked very well. The fabric holds the shape of the dress very nicely too, without having obvious unwanted humps or bumps. And, I realized that it was absolutely comfortable in the fabric (err.. dress). It was like living in an air-conditioned soft shell that doesn't cling too much.

I've learnt that I just didn't know what to do with this kind of fabrics. They can make vivid clothes that make me delighted, when the right patterns are chosen. I wanted to try just once more to make sure of it, before I forget everything about it.

So I sewed this bias-cut simple blouse in a stupidly big flower patterned beautiful African wax printed fabric. The pattern is called Novita, and was purchased as a PDF file from TAMANEGI-KOBO.

After omitting the collar and the frills on the shoulders, the blouse became even simpler. You may say it's too simple to have a thought on it. Nevertheless, I ask you to guess how much I love it.
Yes, I love it a lot. I hope you'll find it interesting, too.

Moreover, I'd love to ask you to never mind the gigantic flower on my tummy, which was placed where it'd make you feel a bit insecure. These flowers were too big to place anywhere anyhow, that's what I learned this time!

much love,


  1. I LOVE this top a lot too, I can see why you LOVE it, coz it looks great on you, and the BIG FLOWER is strategically placed, on your tummy! hehe. The fabric choice is smart and I like the design where the fabric is shorter around the tummy. Thumbs up!

  2. I really like this on you and I think the flower is nicely placed.

  3. Cute top. Looks great with your jeans!

  4. Beautiful fabric. Great sewing skills

  5. I'm glad you kept the design of the top simple, as this balances well with the large print. Wonderful as always! I really love everything you sew. Keep it coming!

  6. What a gorgeous shape for a top! You were right to simplify the pattern, that fabric is the whole story here. Very pretty.

  7. This is so beautiful and graceful on you. Really inspired!

  8. I love your top, so bright and summery.

  9. I also love this top and the way that the front is higher than the back. It looks really wonderful on you!

  10. I love the top! Simple, but fun and funky!

  11. Great print and top!! The colors suit you well!

  12. Wonderful top and fabric. So great with Jeans



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