Monday, August 19, 2013

Rickshaw Kurta

Sarah from Goodbye Valentino posted about her pursuit of the perfect tunic. I can so relate.


Until I hit my mid-forties, I was a die hard tucker-inner. I didn't feel comfortable with my shirt tails hanging out, all sloppy like. I didn't even especially like wearing "blouses," preferring knit tops in the summer months and ribbed turtlenecks in winter, all neatly tucked in with a belt. Slowly but surely, as good ol' gravity began to work her magic, looser tops began to work their way into my wardrobe. 

Winter looks are still a challenge, but I have fully embraced the freedom of a nice, flowy summer top that falls just below the hip and I'm particularly enamored with the Kurta tops by Rickshaw Designs


Theirs are made of printed cotton voile, imported from India, I believe. That stuff is really hard  impossible to find. The limited selection of cotton voile that I was able to locate online was mostly pretty ugly.  I did, however, have a nice red linen in my stash, that is the same fabric I used for this dress

Here's my version of the Rickshaw Kurta:




This is an OOP pattern that I use all the time

Views C&D have exactly the "bib" design I was looking for. For the pintuck section, I just took a long rectangle of fabric and made rows and rows of 1/4" pintucks, the cut the pattern piece from it. I pressed the rows of pintucking in opposite directions from the center. 


It's hard to get a good close-up of the pintuck detail. The pattern calls for the bib section to be completely faced, but I wanted a bias binding like the Rickshaw one. I also cut the sleeves to 3/4 length and slightly gathered them with  the bias binding. 

I wear this top all the time, and probably like it better that I would the real thing. If I ever get my hands on some block printed cotton voile ala Rickshaw, I'll be whipping up another for sure.

Here's another top made from this same super-versatile pattern. This one is slimmer with narrower shoulders, bust darts and a slightly curved lower edge made from a silky poly. Inspired by a Talbots top.

 

It's chilly and dreary here in the coastal Mid-Atlantic and I'm thinking about getting started on this jacket next- unless my Style-Arc Kate Dress arrives in the mail first!


Thanks for stopping by. -Pam










9 comments:

  1. Great tunic top. I can see this is going to be a good top to make in the future.

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    1. Thank you! I especially love them for travel or shopping days.

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  2. Wouldn't you know that cute tunic pattern is OOP! That's exactly what I was trying to do with my last tunic! Good luck with your Style Arc Kate dress :)

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    1. These types of tops are so easy to wear, they are addictive.

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  3. Love this. Maybe the pattern will show up on Etsy or somewhere as I really, really want it now that I've seen your cute tops!

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    1. Awww thanks! It has been a good to me.

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  4. Great tunics! I like your choice of buttons on the first one. Both look very comfortable and perfect with jeans.

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  5. Such pretty tops! I like what you did with this pattern. :-)

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