This is not my usual sewing post. I am lost. Yes, lost. Yet, the truth is I’ve never felt so lost yet exhilarated with the potential of what’s happening. It is totally an experiment inspired by the mid autumn festival, where we celebrated the September full moon with mooncakes, pomelo, tea and some wine. What involved was drafting, twisting and turning of fabric to eventually create what is more of an avant-garde art form than simply a garment.
Oh yes, I finally got myself some baby blue and solid black scuba knit to sew up two versions of Full Moon from Japanese Drafting Book “Pattern Magic 3”. Unlike the first two books, this version deals with knits. I chose to sew with scuba knit as I felt that this particular design required a knit with more body.
I’ve never sewed two huge circles together to form a top. It felt strange. Can two circles REALLY? I drew two huge circles followed by 3 holes on one circle (which formed the armholes and neckline) and one hole on the other ( for the waist and getting into the top).
The two circles worked, miraculously and I might actually like them.
The Blue Moon
I didn’t bother to finish the arm openings, neckline nor the hem since I thought the unfinished effect only strengthens the edginess of the design. I sewed a Nettie skirt to go with the blue top which was done exactly like the Pattern Magic photo on the top of this page and a pair of 70s culottes to go with the black top, which I experimented further by turning the bottom full circle front to back.
The Full Moon
The strange thing is, there seems to be something classic about these edgy pieces. Totally strange.
Love that the experiment and whole discovery process was just pure fun! Fabric manipulation is truly an art form. Who knew two circles with four holes could create such interesting variety of shapes in fabrics? The question is will you wear these tops out? I’m still unsure.