Vogue 1477, a Sandra Betzina tunic using the leftovers of the green prints and a bit of scrap white jersey from deep stash.
This was my first Betzina, and I really like it- very well drafted and straightforward. There’s a lot more detail and advice in the pattern than I needed, although having said that, I was distracted by two phone calls, an hour of private tuition, and a live ‘kill’ from one of the cats during the short time it took to assemble this. Unfortunately, this meant I ignored the instructions at a crucial point, and completely changed the final look of the dress.
The side seams are only supposed to be stitched as far as the right angle, I just whizzed onwards, and sewed the lot. I’ve therefore got right angled drapey bits instead of sexy side slits, but that means I can wear it without leggings, so it’s better for a summer dress anyway! Design opportunity?
I had to do some very creative cutting with this to get the very long front pieces out of the odd shaped remnant of green ‘floral’ that was left. there’s a sneaky bit of piecing on one side as a result, but I hope the print is busy enough to disguise it.
I couldn’t have followed the instructions to the letter in any case, as I have never used ‘Steam a seam’ and HATE clear elastic with a very deep loathing. I just puddled on doing my own thing. This needs pockets, but the fabrics are pretty light and flimsy, so I probably won’t bother.
I’m always a little concerned by these twist front tops, because of the leftover hole in the CF, so I may handstitch a scrap of fabric over the inside once I have tugged and pulled it into its ideal arrangement.
It’s nicer than I thought it would be, so I may make another. What do you think?