Before and after shots of the great clean up! Eeek!
A marathon pressing, prepping and cutting session later, and I have 7 tops cut out ready to sew, mostly for my SWAP collection.
The Avid Seamstress ‘Drop Sleeve Top’ in ivory cotton [with maybe some linen, I can’t recall] twill, very soft, very drapey, reminiscent of a nice old tablecloth in its texture. I love wearing the leafy viscose version of this I made in the summer, it’s a lovely simple make.
Vogue 2813 Donna Karan shirt. I’ve used a black cotton poplin for the body, and the Alexander Henry Japanese tattoo print for the sleeves and under collar. This should be interesting. It’s a lovely pattern, with hidden buttons and fold back cuffs. I decided against the FBA after looking at finished measurements on the pattern pieces, and just graded out at the waist to allow room for my fat belly.
McCall’s 6436 ’70s shirt’. Two of these, one in white lawn, and one in black stretch poplin. I’ll use the Folkwear Western shirts’ tower placket on all the shirts, it’s unbeatable. These will have embellished sleeves, I have several ideas but have not fully committed as yet. Take a look at the end of this post for some possible ways I could go…
Vogue 8939 wardrobe pattern, the polo neck top. Three of these, one in plain black cotton/lycra from My Fabrics, one in a cream rib cotton/lycra, also My Fabrics, with Franken-patterned sleeves using a vintage Butterick 5871 bishop sleeve. I will make a deep cuff. The third is in the same black cotton/lycra, with sleeves cut from a ‘slashed’ punky bit of knit fabric I got years ago from the Rag Market. The cotton/lycra fabrics are very soft, drapey and fine, with excellent recovery. I’ve used it before for vest tops for the missus, and they last forever! I forgot I’d bought METRES of the black, there’s still loads left.
So that’s the seven ready to go, The drop-sleeve top may not be in the SWAP collection, but it will be a welcome addition to my wardrobe in any case. There’s enough of the soft linen-y fabric to make another shirt though, so more cutting yet to come.
And here’s some of my inspiration for fun to come…
PS My fabulous Hugo Boss linen and my paper organdie from the Cloth House have arrived, and I’m itching to get to grips with some fabric manipulation techniques using the organdie….what shall I try first? I dug out this beautiful bit of ‘jet’ beading I was given too, maybe that should be used instead of languishing in a drawer?
PPS Just cut out the black linen skirt and a greeny/teal jersey dress woohoo!