Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Burda Style 10/2014 #105, Long Sleeve Cowl Necked Dress

... aka as "Help, there's a tree growing out of my tummy!"

Pattern: Burda Style 10/2014 #105
Fabric: Jersey from Lewisham Market

I love this fabric and needed a simple pattern to show off the beautiful silhouettes, but I had quite a hard time figuring out how to place the fabric.  Any higher and I'd have tree shapes on my boobs, any lower and they'd be growing out of my nether regions.  On reflection, maybe a dress isn't quite the way to go.  I still have some random remnants which could conceivably make a nice vest.

The sewing pattern itself is super-easy to make up.  I had a bit of head-scratching when it came to attaching the shoulders and in the end used the Bronte Knit dress method of basting round the armholes.  I also used a facing strip at the back rather than the bias binding the pattern calls for.

Taking photos of yourself modelling a tight fitting dress does a lot for your posture!  A lot of tummy-sucking-in going on here:

Pleased to say that swayback is minimal, although still there:

My other head-scratching with this dress is the length.  I don't wear the kind of shoes to pull off an over-the-knee length look.  The knee-length is still rather eye-catching.  I have to admit though that I am hardly ever likely to actually wear this! But if it was a tunic, then I probably would.  But there's a voice inside saying "you can't hack off this beautiful fabric!"  So much for making more wearable items!  

I think I prefer it on the dressform than on me!

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Bronte Knit Tunic

Pattern: Bronte Knit Top
Fabric: Jersey from Lewisham Market

Isn't it great when you make something and just about everything goes smoothly?  No mis-cuts, no mis-fits, no accidentally chopping off parts of the skirt with your serger... so this is the Bronte Knit Top from Jennifer Lauren.  There isn't a great deal I have to say except I love the fit, the neckline is flattering, and it's incredibly simple to put together, really just a few hours work from cut to buttons.

And hallelujah!  Sleeves that don't flap!

The fabric is cheap jersey from the market.  Cute lantern patterns but pretty thin stuff.  It probably won't last very long but now I know the fit, I can splurge out on more pricey fabric next time.  The pattern is actually for a top not a tunic.  I just couldn't bear to waste the fabric.  Silly, huh, cos it would probably look better as a shorter top.  As a tunic it could benefit from some adjustments (swayback?) at the back.  No need to show it here!

Here's a button detail instead:

The binding is scraps left over from my keyhole dress.  I have a serious fabric scraps hoarding problem, but it does pay off, honest!