Express Yourself

While I dither get on with my sewing, I realised I had some photos taken in Cornwall of yet another top I actually did make.  There’s something to be said about making patterns you’ve made before.  You already know how to make them, how they wear, and how they’ll look.  So just before we went to Cornwall I made two new tops, intending to take them both with me, for photo opportunities and to wear.  We only went for 3 nights, guess how much I decided I had to make to take…

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Burda top #108 February 2018

So the first of those is another version of the top 108 from February Burda 2018.  I made one back in February, using some long held stashed fabric.  This time I thought I’d put the elastic in the sleeve cuff, but just to be difficult I used one wide piece instead of the required narrow width.  I also knew to be aware of that neckline.  The first time I made it with the silk, I took care not to stretch it out when applying the gathered band.  I made sure I didn’t handle it too much, used staystitch and interfaced asap, all to add stability.

So I did that again this time, and managed to stretch it out.  Or did I.  The cotton has more body than the silk could dream of, and therefore is thicker when gathered, stiffer when layered three deep.  Once attached to the neckline of the top it was immediately obvious that it wasn’t sitting flat.  I put it on Peggy, my dressmaker’s dummy and there it was, standing away from the body.  Damn.  I took two pinches out on each side at the shoulder seam, and did the same in the paper pattern.  I’m not really wanting to take that apart and ajdust again.

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So a word, you can do everything you can to stop stretching a neckline, but sometimes it’s just not going to work for you.  It’s a combination of fabric and baggy drafting….  After all that, the top is dead easy to make, I used the overlocker so it was nice and quick.  I was so busy wanting to  make it quickly that I made a rookie mistake with the cutting out.

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The fabric was purchased from Maven Patterns at the NEC, it’s hand block printed cotton, really nice to wear and I love the colour.  But as it’s hand printed, it’s not exactly perfect, and the pattern isn’t centred.  And I didn’t check that when I folded the fabric and pinned on the pattern pieces.  Like I said, rookie mistake!  Luckily, I don’t see the off centre print, I’m on the other side!  🙂  I wonder If I could call it a “design decision”, and get away with it??

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I’m happy with my new top, it made it to Cornwall, and I even wore it!  And I’ve worn it frequently.  The fabric is actually lovely, nice and cool in the temperatures we’ve been enjoying in the UK this summer, and what a summer!  It’s been summer since the beginning of May!  Now you in other countries might wonder what the miracle is – well, our summer is usually 2 weeks, and they are not necessarily two consecutive weeks.  It’s usually a few days here and there that add up to two weeks.

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Cool as a cucumber in Cornwall

And that’s why I need to get cracking with my other sewing, there’s still a month of predicted SUMMER to come!  And…  I had an epiphany this morning.  Yesterday was spent toiling two patterns that I really liked in the Burda magazines, but once made and on, they were just NO.  Why?  PleatsBig pleats.  I already know that with my tummy, I cannot wear pleated things (unless the fabric is soft and floaty and the pleats are small).  So why in heavens name did I think I could get away with these??  In an effort to remain nice and cool today, I’m wearing a pair of long, floaty, viscose trousers – with pleats!  But they work – why?  Because the viscose drapes so well, the pleats are small, and – this is the important bit – they do not start at my waist!  So I’m going to make that dark blue and white fabric that was-going-to-be-a-top-and-now-wants-to-be-bottoms in the culotte length version of these trousers!  YES!  And please let me remember that big pleats that start at the waist are NO GOOD.  phew…

Author: Anne W

I love fabric, and sewing. And I could do nothing else but sew, all day, every day, if I could!

19 thoughts on “Express Yourself”

      1. 💦😓 Too many of us are feeling the same!
        Any suggestions for what to store my home-made bread in? I wrap it in a towel to cool, then must store in fridge to avoid creepy crawlies (I also freeze some). Everything over here is yucky plastic. Many thanks!

  1. I think your pattern placement is perfect! It’s flattering to your shape so I wouldn’t say that’s a rookie mistake at all – I’d say it was experienced brilliance 🙂 We’re hot in Canada too – much hotter summer than is normal for us on the west coast. Global warming. I think we’ll all need to focus more on breathable, cool summer duds. I’m working on my third linen top and have some more just waiting to be made up in something right next to my cutting table 🙂

    1. Yup, all those climate change nay-sayers can go round dressed head to toe in poyester for their sins! I’m still making summer stuff, will do until the weather changes…

  2. Really like this top on you and I’m in love with grey, have been for a few years now. Thanks for all your tips of how you handle the patterns/fabrics. You are not a rookie, but one who champions what you make! Looking forward to your next make.

  3. You look very cool in your outfit. I really like the neck band and it reminded me that I bought a sewing magazine that has a how to in, I think you may even have done the article. That’s as far as my two second memory recalls (which echos the theme in your last post) I moved on and forgot. However, I watched the new Mamma Mia yesterday, the clothes are very 70s and saw a blouse with exactly the same look, I managed to talk myself out of making a copy of that, I’m not 17 anymore, but still, I will do that neckline.

    Btw I’m waiting for my Seasalt order, lol.

  4. That’s a perfect outfit for the conditions – and no-one is going to be aware of the print not being centred on the back.

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