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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Please release me, let me go...

I had to show you all this as thought everything was going a little too well and I laughed so hard I nearly cried!  I got all my materials together to make this outfit and decided that I'd use this top as a template.

Me wearing my Coast green satin top
Now it's not lost on me that this is a pull on top a bit like the Pendrell but it's a lot simpler in that there's only three pieces plus the sleeves.  So, after quickly reading the Threads how-to for copying existing garments that Alison showed me, I went for it!  I traced round my top and added a seam allowance and then traced out the sleeves and cuffs I used yesterday on the shirt dress

So admittedly the fabric I decided to use isn't the best as it was an old satin bed sheet as it was the right colour and didn't want to have to go out and get any new fabric when I wasn't certain if it would work.  I've found that it's hard to cut shiny fabric as it moves around a lot and I think this is where my problems started as I tried to rectify the shifting by cutting...and this is where it gets interesting...I tried it on before finishing the seams for the neck, arms and bottom of the top.
Full frontal! Me in the makeshift Cadbury's colour top

Side on with the Cadbury's colour top
Sorry for the graphic shots but I'm thinking an FBA or at least not cutting the fabric just to get a straight line because it's resulted in me being a bit squished!  Ah well, it'll be classed as a muslin for me for now!  I think I'll leave the outfit for now until I can get some proper satin to make this top.  It's a bit disappointing as it was going to be my outfit for this weeks Sew Weekly challenge.  I was going to fudge it a bit as I wasn't going to make a dress but a skirt and top and wasn't going to wear a hat but a fascinator that I've made.  Oh well.  Here's a picture of it anyway:

Black Ostrich feather fascinator with sliver coloured brooch with sparkles

Better view of the sparkles
I picked up the ostrich feathers at an antiques shop last summer and attached them to a fascinator base and then pinned on a brooch to lift the black and add interest.  Ah well, it'll get an outing another day.


  1. Its certainly a gorgeous colour, but I cant really see much in the photos! sorry...

  2. Sorry need to play around with the contrast as didn't have a helper with the photos.

  3. Glad it helped :) Any chance of new pictures of the top? Its impossible to see anything... (although I do like the purple, one of my favorites too!)

  4. I love your fascinator. Doesn't it go with the shirt dress you made? And isn't learning painful sometimes?


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