I’ve been in love with this Anna Maria Horner Fine Feathered print since the first time I saw it, especially the pomegranate colorway. I finally decided to make a Ruby top from the voile, and the plan was to sew it up during the Spring Top Sew-Along. Well. That clearly didn’t happen–partly because I’m slow and partly because the “ecru” shot cotton I ordered to use for the yoke arrived very green-tinted, and I hard a difficult time deciding what to use instead. Weeks later I finally got around to finding a matching off-white voile and got to work. I chose to sew a lined yoke because I like the clean look over the bias binding on this top, plus the voile was too sheer for a single layer anyway. Actually the voile turned out so thin and delicate that I decided to line it in some slightly sturdier muslin that I had on hand and that matched well. The top sewed up nicely and I think all I had left to do was hem it when I saw that none other than Rae herself had just made a Fine Feathered Ruby dress! I’m sure that other versions have been made in this fabric but I couldn’t help but feel like a copycat when I finished it up. Oh well, I suppose that means I have good taste ;-p Anyway, I finished the top and have worn it to work a few times and even taken it on a halfway-across-the-country trip to visit family, but I have had a terrible time trying to get photos of it.
Even though the voile is so wrinkly–as you can tell from my photos; I can’t be bothered to iron–I really love this top. So light and airy for hot days! After wearing it a couple times and looking at other lovely Ruby tops on flickr and blogs, I think I actually prefer versions that have a darker yoke and lighter main fabric, for some reason. Fortunately I have another fabric combo that fits the bill waiting for my next version, although it will probably have to wait until next spring at this point. Along those lines, I found it interesting that my unadventurous mind automatically jumped to a matching fabric for the yoke, in comparison to Rae’s (and others’) choices of complementary/near-complementary colors.
I do find that the top gapes just a bit at the front and back neckline. I know it needs to be relatively loose to fit over the head without any openings in the neckline, but maybe it’s just a little wide for me? I might try taking just a half-inch or so out of the width of the yokes next time. I also had just a little bit of trouble keeping the armhole bindings from getting a little wrinkled as can be seen in the photo, but I don’t think it’s terrible. The voile is so thin that even a little bunching like that isn’t super noticeable. I didn’t enjoy hand-stitching the yoke lining, but I know it’s good practice for me. I must be about the slowest stitcher-by-hand in all the land.
Another funny (at least to me?) story about this top: A few days ago we were running late for a “back-to-school” orientation at C’s school so I threw on this top–the first thing I found laying on the floor that seemed relatively clean. After the orientation I took C to run errands, and in the middle of Target I noticed that I had the top on inside out! The Fine Feathered voile is only a slightly lighter color on the wrong side so that was probably not noticeable, but the inside of the hem was facing out and the flecked muslin lining did not look great on the outside! We only had to quickly stop in one more store, but once I noticed it I couldn’t let it be–I rapidly changed it in the Target parking lot while hoping nobody walked by the car and peeked in!
Since my Ruby top photos aren’t the greatest, how about this photo of our Red Ranger broilers to distract you? They are growing big and sassy.
The nights are getting cooler around here. I am looking forward to more fall weather and fall sewing. Keeping up with my tradition of finally trying out patterns a year or more after they were super popular, I’m working on my first Wiksten Tova and am hoping to move along to an Archer shirt after that. What are your fall sewing plans?