I popped into John Lewis, as you do – we all know its my second home in London – and spotted this lovely pattern, Burda 6950, a button front gypsy styled top, which I thought would be a good excuse to use some of my lighter weight cotton fabrics to give me some nice floaty summer tops to wear.
I bought this batik in Stratford upon Avon at Fred Winter’s and have long since forgotten the price, I bought 2 metres. The pattern called for more and I was lucky to squeeze the pattern onto the fabric, I mainly did this by ignoring the instruction to place the neckline casing on the bias and risked it on the straight. I looked at the neckline, worked out that it wasn’t that big a curve and went for it, it was fine. This is my first draught, or a toile by any other name, and you know I always do my toiles in a wearable fabric as life’s too short to make it up in calico/plain cottons, so lets have a look at it.
Finished result. Mmm, I need a little extra fabric from the neckline to the raised waistline to accommodate me. When I looked at the tissue patterns I nearly added it there and then, and I should have done, it also shows how far I have come that I can now look at patterns and realise that I need to make that little tweak. Its only an inch, but it would make all the difference. I also think adding a little bit on the shoulder, maybe half an inch, would make it feel more secure/comfortable in everyday wear. I like the skirt of the blouse, but if I were to lengthen it to make the dress, (I’d need to add extra length) I’d like it just a little bit more flouncy. And that is enough to achieve by splitting and opening up the pattern.
And then the waist ribbon removed, so that I can tighten the neckline to allow me to wander out and about without fear of showing a little too much.
Its fun and it will be perfect in the warmer weather.