Friday, March 9, 2012

Asymmetrical top : Nein! Nein! Nein!

This is the story of an asymmetrical tunic top using the pattern M6204 (tunic A.)

The pattern was very straightforward and simple to sew up. However, I doubt that I will be making it again in the future, at least as-is. It is not the pattern, it's me. Somehow my body type (and my brain) rejects this shape.

I used a purple stretched poly-charmeuse. It was also shiny. :( You don't need a stretchy shiny fabric to sew up this type of top, you know. I just wasn't thinking. It made the stitches pucker up because I didn't use a stretch fabric friendly stitch. My bad. And the shine highlight this fact... This fabric was also very annoying to iron. But that's just because I threw out our ironing board before moving into this apartment and have been ironing on the dining table. So the result of this are wrinkly photos...

Tunic before beading.

I sewed shell beading around the neckline.


I also sewed the beads around the back...

I raised the neckline a bit and made it less wide, but it's still too wide than I would've liked. Perhaps this also contributed to my not-so-enthralled feeling with this effort. The shell beads around it made it nicer thankfully. (Shell beads are from my stash, contributed by my MIL from my GMIL's stash) So as usual I will still be wearing it, but also as usual under a jacket! :)


I have not been liking any of my photos (of me) taken by my hubby :) Plus the lighting in our apartment as you can see in all the photos so far is horrible. With a toddler, we hardly remember taking the camera (DSLR) when we go out. Too huge to lug out you see. My point and shoot sucks. I do wish I will learn to take better pics. Maybe a tripod in the future? That still won't help with the bad indoor lighting :)


  1. Aw, that's sad. What made you not like it (apart from the sewing issues...)? I see tunics like these on lots of people and they look very good! Some in shiny satin like yours, but mostly in knits. It seems that it would be a very easy, breezy top to wear!

    1. Hi Deborah! :) It is you isn't it? I haven't worn this top out yet... Been in hibernating mode lately. I think at this point it is probably the neckline. Too wide than I would have liked. But other than that i agree, it should be an easy breezy top to wear, especially that spring is here, almost! :)

  2. Oh, it is a pity this top did not turn out like you had hoped, but it does look like it has a lot of lovely fabric in there. That gorgeous colour! Perhaps the fabric could be salvaged, maybe a skirt?
    thank you for your kind congratulations :)

    1. Hi Carolyn! Thanks for dropping by my page :) I wore the top out for the first time yesterday - we had an uncharacteristic nice warm weather - and I didn't wear a jacket over the top! It's very comfy, and as you said the color is lovely. I still hate the front view of it though. But it looks nice from the sides (when u can't see that the other side is different! cringe!! hehe). For now I will leave it as it is... Sewing the beads on took ages...

  3. the beading is amazing and that color is always great on asians [in my very biased opinion].

    i have a weird thing about lighting and everywhere i move i have to replace all the lightbulbs with "bright white" instead of "warm". its said to be harsh and washes things out..but i like it and pics definitely turn out better

    1. Thanks Liz! I wonder about that too. Don't know why I gravitated towards so much black when I was younger :)

      Bright white lights for better pictures? I will remember that in our next place! This apartment have those fans with multiple lightbulbs...


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