Here we go, as promised last night, pics and info on the 2 gray tops.
Vogue 1440, Donna Karan shirt. Fabric- dark grey stretch poplin, from Tia Knight several years ago. I used this before for a shirt for the missus, another Vogue Donna Karan as it happens, the same on I made up in parrot fashion last month. [Parrot shirt is proper poorly right now, more news later lol] This pattern is getting some heavy usage, I may have to trace it [good grief Fairy, what’s wrong with you? Tracing??]
I used silk organza for the interfacing [currently smitten with this for shirts, I like the lightness and the lack of fusible-bubbling!]. I don’t mind the basting, or hand-sewing in general, I just thread up about eight needles at a time, and off I go.
Hand sewn buttonholes cos I still haven’t set up the new buttonholer. The buttonholes are concealed, a DK detail that she seems particularly fond of. I used some blue/grey pearl buttons from stash, just because.
The construction of this shirt is really lovely, facings are sewn to the inside, flipped outwards and topstitched down. Quite unforgiving of wobbly stitching, but fine if you keep to a close matching thread! The hem is faced with bias strips, and topstitched down. Hmmm, could have picked off all the thread snippets first…
I sort of blurred the size between 16 and 18, no shortening [after the disaster with the white version for she-who-must-be-obeyed.] I could do with a little less gaping in the armholes, but overall, a fairly quick and satisfying sew.
I did some jiggery pokery with the back- to avoid issues of not having a racer back bra, I sewed in a brakeeper, using some hem ribbon and a bikini clasp. All I have to do is lengthen the straps on my ordinary bra, and let this pull it into shape and out of sight. I added an extra button above the existing top one, which actually fell level with my bra band. Eeek.
However. Despite the ususal shenaigans involved in taking pictures of myself, now I’m looking at me wearing it, I’m not so sure. I do like the upper back- a lot, but the tent shape is not great. Maybe it’s just this fabric, and something finer and drapier would be better. The back is actually very flared, so I’ve no idea why the pic makes it look like it’s stuck to me everywhere [it actually seems to have all fallen forward, see 2nd pic of side]. I’m not THAT wide. It’s way too long at the back as well.
Probably a wadder? Be brutal. Is this shirt a beautiful idea, but just not for me? Hila over on Saturday Night Stitch has absolutely nailed the fit on this…
The other is New Look 6656, now available as a download apparently.
I’ve made this up before for my wife in a lovely beigey striped linen/viscose from MyFabrics, faced with some olive green bemberg. She wears it paired with a pair of Thai fisherman’s trousers I made to match. It makes for a lovely summerweight, smart casual outfit, and she looks lovely in it.
My version is in that delicious silk/cotton chambray, also from MyFabrics if memory serves me well. I added another couple of button loops, and a modesty panel. I finished the edges with a bias strip of wild silk check fabric. I used this originally for my Westwood-inspired V1410. The scrap of leftover bias was EXACTLY the right length. Serendipity! Buttons are natural shell, snagged on ebay ages ago.
When I tried it on, it was almost perfect, but a little bit of gaping at the front armholes annoyed me, so I stuck with it, did some unpicking, and made 2 small darts. I’ll remove that at the cutting stage for future versions. Again, size 16/18, blurring over the cutting lines. Silk organza interfacing on the collar and front facings. I love this pattern, and I’m trying to think of a reason to make the coat version…maybe in lieu of a cardigan for the autumn?
The front honestly doesn’t have those drag lines when I’m not half squatting in front of a camera on timer…this was to show the armhole/bust tweak.
Obligatory gunslinger rear view [ermagerd my elbows…] but I usually look better from behind! I think it works well with last years RagMarket bargain fabric trousers, what do you think?
The fabric is an absolute joy, I may just have to buy more. Meanwhile, some stunning purple linen just arrived from MyFabrics…
Meanwhile, with all this grey/blue stuff going on, the garden is in full deep red/luscious green/rich gold at the moment. Take a look at these ‘black’ lilies and dahlias, and the Tibetan honeysuckle.
The herbs are also going potty, as are the strawberries, a good double handful every day yum yum yum. Oscar is posing here in the ‘Oriental’ garden, showing off his half-Siamese roots maybe? I’m loving the little grass garden right now, lots of seed heads, offset with pieces of driftwood, stones, and a rusted dangly thingy.
Right, I’m off to tape up FOUR PDF patterns. With a new audiobook, so all is not lost.