Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Sewing: Blue Wool Bateau Neck Tops (Pattern Soon)

Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.

Can't help thinking about this Robert Frost poem (beautiful, brooding, true, though tinged by popular culture). I am crazy for this spring green covering some of the hills. Weeds or not, I love this color.  And it is fleeting.

We've been spotting these flowers while carpooling this past week, so I took the girls to wade through them, and get some pictures for the pattern-in-the-works. If only that work were more fleeting!

Seems like it is taking forever! The Bateau Neck Top is not at all complicated, but there are multiple versions. And I am reinventing some things about how I produce patterns (excited about these!). And there were the Easter dresses and other projects I interjected. So I guess that explains it! Everything takes time.

But it's almost ready to go into testing. (Thank you thank you for volunteering...I'll be in touch!) Which means it will be available for purchase soon thereafter. Fingers crossed. Notice I'm not mentioning any specific dates! (UPDATE: The pattern is available now. Find it here.)

Audrey and Scarlett are wearing Bateau Neck Tops in one of my favorite fabrics: boiled wool. It's pretty hard to beat for cooler weather. All the great properties of wool, but soft and stretchy. I wish it were easier to find! I purchased this light blue boiled wool here and have purchased other wool-blends ("Lana Bollito") here. They also carry some boiled wool blends here. I've even purchased some wool fabric and boiled it myself but I wouldn't say I've perfected that method!

I'm excited about sharing this pattern because I think The Bateau Neck Top may be the answer for every outfit. At least for my girls. I love the ruffle at the neck, and Audrey is wearing it with a pleat. The variations means it doesn't get old and using fabrics of different weights means it's a year round solution.

So anyway, that's my update. Back to work. I hope you have great color where you are too!


Mereknits said...

Oh those girls are so delightful.

GrayColors said...

I could see this as a xmas sweater! With embroidery! Or with short bubble cap sleeves in the summer with colorful knit! Im excited!!

Crafted by Carly said...

Very sweet! And just right for weather that can't make up ots mind! :-)

greelyrita said...

Audrey's top was faced with this boiled wool at the neck. I think I would use a soft cotton for the facing, both to reduce bulk and to make it softer on skin. I find wool to be a bit scratchy.

Unknown said...

These are just gorgeous!!! I am always sooo impressed with talented people like you that can not ony make beautiful things, but create the patterns for them!! Amazing!!

Amy Lynn said...

These are gorgeous! You're such a wonderful seamstress!

SanFay said...

That neckline looks so comfy and easy to make. Cute girls too!

dana said...

These are precious Anneliese!
LOVE the ruffled collar and the colors and the simple beauty.
Exciting about a pattern!

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