La Mia Boutique 05-2015-13 – Knit/Woven Top


My fashion photographer and I headed to San Francisco for a walking food tour in Japantown. I wore my latest project, a woven and knit top made from a pattern in La Mia Boutique, an Italian pattern magazine.


The jersey had been in my stash for a couple of years. When I saw this top in the magazine I headed to Britex to match the jersey with a woven print. I found a wonderful cotton voile from Italy.


This was a simple project that came together very well until it came time to sew the hem. I was using my coverstitch for the hem when one of the needles fell out. It jammed in the finger plate. It took my sewing machine mechanic (who also acts as my fashion photographer) 1.5 hours to remove the needle and extricate my top from the machine. The top had a 3/4″ hole in the hem. The only way to “save” the top was to turn up the hem by an extra 1″.


No trip to San Francisco is complete without a visit to Britex. Great things come in small packages.


The meeting place for the tour was at the Peace Plaza in Japantown. Pictured behind me is the Peace Pagoda. When I searched the definition of Peace Pagoda online this is what I found: A Peace Pagoda is a Buddhist stupa; a monument to inspire peace, designed to provide a focus for people of all races and creeds, and to help unite them in their search for world peace.


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12 thoughts on “La Mia Boutique 05-2015-13 – Knit/Woven Top

  1. Hi Lucy
    Your top is beautiful and so unique. Nice to hear about other pattern companies. I recognize the backdrop in Union Square!

    • Thank you Sue!The magazine is similar to Burda Style except the pattern pieces are not as overlapped and easier to trace. The magazine is a lot harder to come by than Burda Style or Ottobre. I bought a couple in Italy a few years ago and then got a subscription for a year. I don’t think it is translated into English. Mine are mostly in Italian except for a couple in French that my sister was able to find in Quebec a few years ago.

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