A piece a week – Experimenting with felt and silk, inspired by Anthropologie

This week as I have been going through my stash of fabrics and I discovered a felted wool top and thought mmmm I remember a Anthropologie vest made with an animal on the side and it looked super cute. I think the vest was from a few years ago but still it made it to my visual diary of things that I like – the days before Pinterest and you had to cut out pictures and paste away. Pinterest makes my creative life so easy with boards to pin the many beautiful things I find. 
As it turned out this top was given to me when my friend moved out of town and I ran it through a hot cycle and felted it. After felting it had a problem and it was super tight and the style did not look too good strangling my bust. So I decided to cut it up through the center – something that a knitter told me to do at Stitches West last weekend. We were discussing a technique called steeking where you knit in the round and then go get your scissors and cut up the center!! Well I did it with this garment and the fact that it was felted really helped as it is hard to fray felt. I cut the sleeves off and added them to the front for a bit of an asymetrical feel then made the armholes deeper. My daughter didn’t like the look too much but I did enjoy wearing it with just a long sleeve underneath – maybe from the side you can look a bit pregnant but hey the whole drapey, hippy look seems to be the thang right?? Maybe it is my inner hippy boho coming out in my clothing design, still it is a very fun top to wear with the appliquéd silk found at FabMo as a remnant of samples. I don’t know where the triangle inspiration came from – maybe it was the sandwiches I was making the other day?!? Creativity is in everything 🙂 
The felted vest on and looking good

Pinned in a different way and left to hang on my model ‘lady’

A side view for the pregnant ladies – with a patch at the back to hide a hole!

This kind of looks a bit tribal with the pin vertical and the bust open, don’t know if it is practical though??

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