Yet another Jungle January project!
When Andrea and I were in Michigan last month, I bought this beautiful "anaconda" print rayon/lycra jersey. I almost didn't buy it - I looked at it several times and put it back, because I generally don't wear black/grey. But when I saw that the description included plum tones, I caved. I still don't see the plum, but the belief that it's there makes this fabric a go for me.
I didn't have a firm plan for this fabric when I bought it, other than "top." So I looked through my stash of Burda magazines, and settled on this simple dolman-sleeve tee: Burda 12/2013 #128. You all know I love a dolman sleeve.
The sleeves on this top are very long, and designed to be pushed up I think. They also have a double-layer cuff, which I think is kind of nice.
For this top, I traced a straight size EU 36 with no adjustments. The only change I made to the construction was to do the neck binding in my normal, folded way, rather than turned to the inside. Just because I generally prefer the look of it.
The recommended hem allowance for this top is 1 5/8", but because I'd only purchased 1.5 yards of this fabric, I didn't have enough to add on any length at all for the hem, so this top turned out an inch or so shorter than it ought to be. I wish I'd had enough to make it slightly longer, which surprised me: Burda tops are usually far too long on me. I like this pattern enough that I'll be making it again, so for future versions I'll make them a bit longer.
I think this is a great little pattern. It's very similar to the Cation Designs Dolman Sleeve Top, but without the waistband and with longer sleeves and deeper dolmans. I was going to say that this is a good pattern if you like the Cation top but were sized out, because when I traced my Cation pattern it was only available in one size. But as I linked it up, I saw that Cindy has expanded the range of sizes!
Here's how this one looks:
A closer look:
And check out how long the sleeves are! I do have short-ish arms, but still! Funny! You can barely see the tips of my right fingers at the bottom.
I paired it with these coated spinel earrings I made a few years ago - one of my fave pairs:
And finally, here's your little bit of silliness - click on the picture below for a fun suprise!