The Creative Muse and The Madrid Top

Posted by Susan Liane, The Smuggler's Daughter on 6/7/2017 to Sewing Projects
I purchased the Madrid Top & Pants pattern from The Sewing Workshop booth at the big SewExpo in Puyallup this last March thinking what a great looking shirt this would make.  I'm a big fan of asymmetric hemlines and diagonal features in a garment.  Of course, it went straight into the box of sewing patterns that I have been collecting for years - you know the one.  It is marked "Maybe I will sew this someday." 

And then, a couple of weeks ago I found this cool looking piece of fabric in a thrift store here in Southern Oregon.  It is vintage bark cloth, like maybe something for curtains in the 1950s.  Immediately, I thought it should be paired with this gorgeous green silk - Comice Pear Silk - and remembered the yet unseen Madrid Top. It was one of those sewing moments when you just know that the muse has arrived.  Despite the fact that I have more UFOs in my house then at any other time in my life, I just had to sew this.

As I started to layout the pattern pieces, I realized how little of the bark cloth I had, and that it would only make a couple of pieces of the top - just barely that.  So I cut those out, and cut a couple of more of the green silk, then added a piece of black silk dupioni from my stash.

First the back diagonal seam cried out for some decorative stitching, and then the top right seemed to need some too, even though these would not show very much. 

When I stitched together the shoulder and side seams, I stopped.  (Oh no, not another UFO please!) And when I stopped, I thought this would make such a nice vest.  Perhaps because it has been quite warm here in Southern Oregon, I just couldn't handle the idea of sewing on the high funnel collar or even a shortened version of the long sleeves.  

So, a vest it is. I am finishing it with black strips and some more top stitching.  I cut and sewed a size large and made some minor alterations like narrowing the shoulders and enlarging the arm holes, because it became a vest and I want to make sure a couple of tops can fit nicely through the holes. 

I hope you are all enjoying your summer sewing and that most of all, you are allowing the creative muse into your sewing rooms.
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