Over the Christmas Break we went snow skiing out in Keystone, Colorado. It was so fun, I truly didn’t want to come home. Before we caught the return flight back, I stopped in at the wonderful Denver Fabrics. My parents lived in Littleton many years ago, and every time I visited, we made sure to include a stop at that fabulous store. At one point, I was bringing an extra suitcase just to bring home all the great stuff! This was in the early 90’s, and the selection was tremendous! I had heard that nowadays, the store is but a shadow of its former glory (I still scratch my head over the whole Denver Fabrics website that’s not associated with the brick-and-mortar store, but that’s business, I guess) Well, I was very relieved to view for myself that the store is still wonderful…dangerously so. I bought only a tiny piece of knit (for 5 bucks!) because we were already busting at the suitcase seams with our ski equipment. I could have spent much more time and money, if only I had time and $$$. There was a whole section of Linton Tweeds, and even a few rolls of Missoni knits! There was the usual racks of beautiful silks, as well as a wonderful selection of leather skins, and so forth. The new (to me) thing was the bins of bargain flat cut fabrics: wools, silks, knits, you name it. So, I bought a single pre-cut piece of blingy knit and that was all. I would highly recommend the trip to the ‘burbs, if you’re in the Denver area, and shop my beloved Denver Fabrics. I love the city, and I love that store!
I had been eye-balling this sequined tank top from Garnet Hill. It’s such a great little top for some holiday bling.
was $88, now $49
I was good, though, and didn’t buy it ($88 for a tank top????). I used my newly purchased blingy knit from Denver Fabrics and made Vogue 1282 :
Love this pattern!!! It was easy to put together , one piece, with the seam in the back. There’s a weight in the cowl to help with the drape. I cut out my usual size 12, but made some alterations. I took a 2 inch wedge from the back neck down to about the middle back. I didn’t even hem the bottom.
Also, I sewed 2 more inches up the center front. It’s still really low! Just sayin’.
Alterations to make for the next top: raise the bottom of the armhole a good 2 inches, add at least 2 inches to the center front seam, remove 3 inches across the center back neck. The armhole facing also “wobbles” a bit. I like finishing the armhole with a strip of facing, but next time, I’ll just cut the rectangular strip and stretch it more as I sew it down. Even so, this top is great, just what I wanted. I’m wearing it as is, to a company party this month.