Rose Kwik Sew aka Givenchy Inspired Tunic

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I was inspired by PatternReview's "Bargainista Fashionista" contest running this month -- I love the idea of making something yourself that you've seen featured in a magazine or on Style.com! However, I had a really tough time finding the right fabric for the piece that inspired me:

A silk Givenchy blouse that retails for $1331.00 Can.
(why the extra $1?)
But then I realized that it's really the floral on a dark background that I'm crushing on right now, and I love the contrast of the silky black collar, placket and cuffs. I had a pattern that was slightly similar that I've been meaning to make up for a while, Kwik Sew 4016.


It's similar, though easier as there are no closures etc. But. It was theoretically easier.

Once I found a similar-ish fabric (a beautifully soft and drapy rayon challis) in a fantastic black floral print, I decided to go for it. I cut out the slippery rayon and polyester contrast fabric, started sewing, and discovered that the pieces were not the same sizes for the medium that I'd cut. This stalled the sewing process as I got out all the paper pieces and re-measured and rechecked -- yes, I had cut the right pattern pieces, but they didn't match up. When I sewed in the front insert I saw this:

What??
After double checking and sewing facing on anyhow

I can be spatially challenged, so I wondered if there was some reason for this that I was missing at the moment, and left it that way. Good thing, because when I pinned the collar on, it only reached to the edges of the floral front pieces. Instead of recutting a collar to the full length and trying again, I decided to stitch the inset piece and its facing together at the level of the base of the collar and turn it:


Then I sewed the collar to abut that spot. I actually love how it turned out, and it worked so well, I pored over the pattern illustrations and instructions to see if that was what I was supposed to be doing all along. Nope. But I like it.

Stop here


Done! I like it.

The rest of the top went together just fine, as it was supposed to. It was pretty quick, indeed, but I really do think that the pattern pieces should line up. I'm totally second-guessing myself now and wondering what I did wrong to encounter that issue...I feel like I should make a second one right now to check if the pattern is indeed wonky or if was just me...if anyone else has made this please let me know if you've had issues like this. I don't like criticizing a pattern (and hope it isn't misplaced) but I don't think it was me.
Done (and taking pics while freezing outside!)

In any case, I absolutely LOVE the finished product. The rayon is amazing -- soft, silky, flowy -- and I adore the print. The fit is great around the bust area; loose-fitting but not huge -- there is a great shape to it even if it is a casual fit. If I make another, I'll be bringing that neckline notch up a couple of inches, though. I find it very low. And I just might narrow the centre piece since I am a smaller person (I ended up shortening the top by 2.5 inches before cutting, perhaps taking in some width would balance it nicely)
And from the back. Love this fabric!

Whew. My first garment started and finished with my new sewing machine (thanks, Mom!) and a fun entry into the Bargainista Fashionista contest...by the way, the cost of my top ($7.50) compared to the original represents a saving of 99.4 % -- home sewing for the win ;)


Collar in action

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18 comments

  1. This looks so beautiful on you. I actually like your version more than the designer inspiration!

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    1. Thank you Lovenicky! I am quite pleased with it even with the slight problems I had in sewing it up.

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  2. That is gorgeous. I love it. I have this pattern in my stash and must pull it out. Your version is lovely and as Lovenicky says - better than the inspiration.

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    1. I'd love to see you make this -- just double check those pattern pieces first :)

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  3. Really pretty. I love the collar, too! I'm glad the "mistake" was for the best;)

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    1. Sometimes things just work out, don't they? I'm glad since I so love this floral.

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  4. This is a gorgeous top. Despite your issues with the pattern, you have definitely made this work. Love the black contrast fabric. It makes the floral print really pop. Good luck in the competition.

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    1. Thanks -- there are some pretty spectacular advanced makes in the contest; I'm not in that league (yet). But it was certainly an encouragement to get sewing, and I absolutely love the result.

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  5. Very pretty -- the fabric is divine!

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  6. Looks fantastic - and you certainly sorted out what needed to be done - sometimes patterns can be wrong, and sometimes the sewer. If you are ever going to use a very expensive fabric, a trial run can be a good idea to check the garment. Are there reviews on PR for this top - sometimes if there is a problem with a pattern another reviewer might have mentioned it.

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    1. I would have definitely done some testing if wasn't using $3/metre fabric ;) I haven't seen anyone else making this one up so I guess I'll just have to try again and see if I was making errors the first time around!

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  7. Lovely top, gorgeous print. I like the way you have not just copied the original but used it for inspiration and taken the bits you really like to make a top that looks great, suits you. I agree it's better than the original

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    1. Thank you! It is a lovely blouse to wear -- it falls so nicely. I'm really pleased with it.

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  8. Such lovely fabric. The blouse looks beautiful! You had a great idea to copy the RTW top :)

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    1. Thanks! It is a lovely fabric. I have enough left to make a little something else....am trying to decide what....

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  9. Love your stuff! How do you have time to sew so much? I don't think your haircut looks bad at all!

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    1. Ah, thanks! It's a good thing that hair grows back, I guess :)

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