Almost exactly a year ago, my younger son started school and I started the dressmaking course I'd been promising myself I'd take for ages. I absolutely loved the course and can't quite believe how much I've learnt in just a year. I also discovered sewing blogs and have become completely hooked - I'm naturally nosy which helps! I really wanted to join in the fun, so here's my blog: a record of everything I make, the good, the bad and the ugly.
The first thing I want to show off is my Colette Patterns Sencha top.
When I first saw this pattern I wasn't particularly bowled over by the pictures on the cover. Then I came across a beautiful version made by Tilly (author of one of my favourite sewing blogs "Tilly and the Buttons") and was immediately converted. Tilly's version looked so retro and 50's and I really wanted mine to have a similar look.
If I make the top again (which I will), I'll make it with a fabric with more drape in it. The way the top is described on the pattern, it's probably intended to be a looser fit than I made, so it can be tucked in. I used a medium-weight quilting cotton which does tend to be quite crisp. Having said that though, it gives the top quite a fitted, structured look, in a Joan from Mad Men kind of way.
The original neckline was WAY too high, I was panic stricken just trying to do the fitting, thinking I couldn't breath. I lowered it by about 3cm, which keeps the neckline high but doesn't strangle you in the process.
|I made buttonholes for the first time and my own covered buttons. |
I'll definitely use a Colette pattern again. I'm really pleased with my version which I've actually worn in real life. I'll let you know if I get round to making another one....