Isla Two-fer

Hey Hey,

It's me, I'm back and I managed to take pics of three projects this morning, and two are from the same pattern so I'll post about those this week and save the third for next week.  Someone yell at me next weekend if you don't see a post. :o)

First up is my tester version of the Made by Rae pattern, the Isla:

You might recognize this pattern as I've made it before (see knit maxi love).  This was the original tester version so there were no changes made to what was sent to me.  I'm not sure if there were changes made to the final pattern. As I didn't really find it necessary to reprint and tape the final version together based on this fit, the only change I made to my pattern was to straighten the shoulder seams.  


OK, next up, same pattern but with a couple modifications.  I really wanted to go for an 'adult crop top illusion' (by which I mean, something that wouldn't actually show skin) but you can see a fell a little short...literally:

Super irritating, I was literally short by a  couple inches. The actual modifications I made were to lengthen the bodice by 2" and then add a 2" bottom band.  I initially came up with the 4" total by guesstimating from my blue version above but I think on the original one the weight of the peplum pulls the bodice down a little on it's own.  Next time I make this I'll have to add another inch.  The other thing I need to address is that I didn't add any extra width to allow for the increase of my hips. As a result, the top tends to ride up into the smallest part of my waist. Grrr.  Anyways, I think I'll still get some wear out of this, especially because I A) think this fabric is hysterical and B) really put in some effort to pattern match that bottom band: 

The fabric, in case your curious, I got from an awesome little fabric store in Austin Texas when I was in town a couple weekends ago for a wedding and it's an Art Gallery knit.  This was the first Art Gallery fabric I ever felt and I kind fell in love (despite the price tag, oof).  Also it's covered in ugly little pugs that kind of make me laugh.  So there's that two:

Anyways, it having recently turned cold in NYC, this is most likely just going to be a layering piece for the next several months and I think it will serve that purpose just fine.

~Kten :o)

Ps.  No, this is not a sponsored post, this pattern just really works for me, and I'm sharing the love.