Today I'm going to blab on about how much I love the sewing blogosphere. Everyone is just so awesome. Case in point - when serenageo of Burdastyle posted this gorgeous, floaty top from the August 2009 issue of Burda mag, I commented that I loved it so much that I was going to try and track that issue down. Turns out that issue is coveted by many a sewing-enthusiast, so my extended bouts of online searching went mostly in vain. When I logged back in a few days later, she replied to say she'd be happy to send me a copy of the pattern. Cue ginormous grin!
A little while later, I received a package from Romania. Not only had she traced the pattern for me, but also written me a lovely letter and included a super gorgeous crocheted collar (which I'm planning to include in another top at a later date. It's taken me nearly six months to get around to making this though, so don't hold your breath!).
My initial muslin for this was a bit of a joke. Besides having bucketloads of ease, clothing in general that is straight up and down just doesn't suit me. Unless you like the bag of potatoes look. So I took in a lot of ease, added a bit of shaping to the seams, a dart above the bust and cut back the 'sleeves' for a more flattering fit. The top itself was a breeze to put together - I even found two perfectly matching buttons to go at the front so had the added indecision of deciding which one to go for. From Buttonmania, naturally.
I finished the armscye with some self-fabric bias tape, but it ended up stretching and just generally looking a bit lame. So that got tucked under and sewn up:
BEFORE AFTER .
I made it with a cotton voile called 'Then Smell the Mauve' from Tessuti. The fabulous thing about this fabric is its so light and breezy - but it's almost impossible to tell the wrong side from the right side - perfect because the frill detail is single sided. I made this plus bias binding for around the frill edges.
All this from a meter of fabric - another meter is soon to be on its way to Romania for serenageo, so I hope she likes it as much as I do. So thanks Geo, you're one totally awesome dudette!
The original Burdastyle photo:
00:00 Pattern Preparation (all thanks to Geo!)
07:30 Toile (cutting/sewing/fitting)
00:50 Fabric Preparation (cutting/interfacing)
Oh, and Merry Christmas everyone - hope you all have a wonderful, safe and happy break!