Thursday, January 18, 2007

so very edwardian, don't you think?

i love it. i feel like julia margaret cameron (alright, she was victorian; and i don't take photos of naked children... but i could have a salon in the country in this top).

it's the Built By Wendy Simplicity 4111. made out of a beautiful voile i found at spotlight. i went back today for more, but it had all sold out. the red bias binding on the facing (my own touch) is 'vintage' (stolen from my mum's sewing stash). i had to take out some of the elastic in the arms, and the back is too wide for me (not that i did anything about it).

some people have had problems with the armholes on this. they are small, but certainly fit me. i think they are drafted small so that the garment is quite fitted around the shoulders, to prevent it looking like a sack.

i have bought more voile, to make another of these (i am determined to get better at sewing). this time it's black and white stripes, and (i nearly passed out with joy when i found this) tartan bias binding. tartan! floral would have been better, but still. a pattern!

i christened the floral top by taking it to see Marie Antoinette. i was much disappointed, but the costumes have led me to wonder whether a layer of soft tulle ruffles could be inserted on the inside of the neckline of this top.


risa said...

i adore that fabric. and yes, i believe you coud add a little tulle. how fun!

knitdaisyknit said...

The top is beautiful! Good job!

My Marrakech said...

I love empire tops. They are so flattering!!!

loriz said...

i love it! i'd have to say that thus far, yours is the version of that pattern that i like best. i may just have to do something similar!

littlemissmeshell said...

Now THAT is a successful clothing sewing expedition! LOVE perfect on you, cut, colour, style, print...awesome =) Fabulous job! Cheers for that book recommendation, I actually went to look at that on amazon and saw that she has a skirt book too which looks very interesting, wisted!

KnitXcorE said...

I'm so glad to see how a BBW pattern worked out!!!! I can't wait to check them out myself :-)