Tuesday, 23 December 2014

New Nunofelt Top Design

A couple of weeks ago a friend from my day job approached me and asked if I would make a top for her. We had a bit of chat about what colours she liked and what shape the top would have. She was clearly besotted with the dress I was wearing at the time:

This front panel of this dress is parfait dyed haboti silk. This became the basis of her top.

Instead of just having a panel of silk we thought it would be interesting to cover the entire top with silk so I set about dyeing a few metres of haboti in similar colours to the dress:

Then set about laying out the silk and wool over a template cut to Karin's measurements.

The wool colours were graduated from white at the top to chocolate brown at the bottom.

After lots of rolling, massaging and throwing, the wool started to contract and the silk puckered.

I added a few darts to help with the shaping, these photos were taken at the second fitting, I think it looks beautiful already but will add a couple more small darts around the collar.

I'm chuffed to bits with how this top has turned out. The silk has the most beautiful sheen (the photos really don't do it justice) that gives the top a luxurious look without being "in your face" bling. I'm already planning a purple version as a Christmas present to myself, and Karin has asked for another with a 3/4 length sleeve... I guess I will be a little busy for the next few weeks!

Wishing you all a wonderful, woolly Christmas and Happy New year!


  1. Great job Teri - Can't wait to see the next two :) Merry Christmas!

    1. Thanks Ruth, I can't wait to get started making them, this is sooo exciting :)

  2. Congratulations Teri! You are so hard-working!
    Have a nice holiday!

    1. Thanks Felicity but this is so much fun its hard to see it as work, I prefer to think I am "hard-playing" :)

  3. What a beauty !
    Merry Xmas and all the best for a creative New Year !
    Warm greetings from Holland, Teri

    1. Thank you Els. Merry Xmas to you (and everyone from the Netherlands) too :)

  4. So pretty! And the fit is perfect.