For most of my sewing projects I use vintage patterns, but I found this modern pattern, New Look 6838 when I was looking for one with which to make pajama pants. I also loved the style of the top, which is designed for knits only, and I put cotton jersey on my fabric shopping list.
I knew that I did not need stripes, as I already have quite a few in this style. Besides, though the drawing of the matching at the sleeves looks nice and tidy in the illustration, I know that would be easier drawn than sewn. So I started thinking about dots. But then I got distracted cleaning and sorting my existing fabrics. And in the middle of my “reds” bin, I pulled out this vintage fabric from designer Diane von Furstenberg.
I found the fabric in an antique store in one of the many little towns in the piedmont of North Carolina that for years survived off the making of cotton textiles. These towns were a source of the best fabrics for a home sewer as well, as the factories often sent remnants and “seconds” to their factory outlet for sale to the public. I suspect that is what happened with this fabric, as there was a small wrinkle in it that caused a bare spot in the print.
In 1976 Vogue Patterns magazine did a feature on Diane and her printed dresses. As you can see, the patterns were by Vogue, and the fabrics were made by Cohama.
I never did finish my sorting job because I laid out the fabric piece and realized I had just enough of it to make the boat-necked top. I spent the rest of the afternoon sewing, and before long my new top was finished. As the pattern envelope promises, it was easy. There were only three pieces, the front, the back and the sleeves. The back has a center seam, which I like because it makes for a smoother fit.
The neck was to be finished simply by turning under the seam allowance and topstitching, but I made a little facing using the selvage of the fabric. I just could not see “wasting” that Diane von Furstenberg signature.
And here is the finished product. It is perfect for the early fall weather we are having.