I’ve been enjoying wearing my first Tessuti Isla Top (more than expected, to be frank!) so inspiration struck to make another version in some lovely bamboo I picked up for half price!
I love this colour, and find myself choosing it again and again, even though it’s it’s darker than the teal I consider “ideal” for my palette. There’s no denying how it makes bright accessories pop! But picture it, for example, with black or dark grey pants and a dark necklace, and I’d be all washed out. Ahh, colours. I find you endlessly fascinating!
Every time I touch bamboo jersey, I remember how superior it is to plain old rayon – so spongey, so buttery, with that lovely heavy drape. (Gushing about bamboo reminds me of this old post: The Pros and Cons of Rayon Knits!) I also bought some bamboo French terry, so let me know if you have suggestions what I should make with it!
The down side of bamboo or rayon is that they can show every undergarment or roll. I think this garment avoids that pretty well: snug at the arms and hips, but loosely skimming over what is in between! For this version, I tapered in the hips by 2″, so it sits snug at the hips, and the rest naturally blouses above.
(That is falling snow, not dandruff!)
Counteracting all this volume is a new pair of store-bought jeans! I admit that buying clothes feels a bit like cheating, but it’s been years since I finished a no-buy pledge, and really, sometimes it’s just the sensible choice. I haven’t been motivated to put in the 5 hours to make even simple jeans lately, so I bought these instead. I love my Cone Mills denim, but I wish we could also buy a wider range of denim washes, weights, and degrees of stretch.
This pair has at least 30% stretch, and is a nice soft cottony-feeling mid-weight, not like so many stretch jeans that are thin and have a high poly content. And yet… these buggers ride down all day, because I need an inch or two more height in the back! But fear not – I’ve figured out a way to fix them, and I’ll be back with a tutorial soon!
How often do you buy RTW, and does it ever make you feel guilty? And what should I make with 1.6M of navy lightweight bamboo French terry?