Vintage multi-strand necklace
Coral silk Sorbetto
embroidered skirt, Anthropologie circa 2008?
Coral sandals, Ann Taylor circa 2005
After I made this top, I decided I simply must have a vintage multi-strand necklace to go along with it. Of course, Etsy is the best place to pick up things like that! Check out this beauty:
|I just love it. Although the beads are plastic, they don't|
|Bust darts are a teeeeensy bit high. Don't care.|
|I had just spotted an enormous|
butterfly on my balcony!
I learned something very important with this project. Or I should say - a realization finally dawned on me: I have a broad back! Like I said, I've made this pattern at least seven times before, but when I finished this one and put it on, it felt tight across the back. I really wasn't sure why, but after thinking about it I decided that it was because this fabric is twill, and thus doesn't have the crosswise stretch that plain weave fabrics have.
But I've also been reading fit books lately (as I know I've mentioned) and one thing I read in Fit for Real People had been simmering in my brain: the authors said that if you find you have tightness in the upper sleeves when you reach your arms forward; or if you find that your blouses are always riding up your front neck toward the back, then you likely have a broad back.
I've been trying to observe the fit of my clothes - both RTW and self-made - and I've realized that both these things happen to me with most tops. Aha! So I think it's going to be time to try out the broad back adjustment on the next thing I make. Which is a little scary for me!