I am supposed to be blogging about a dress I finished and wore to my 30th birthday soiree (karoke anyone?!), but I couldn’t wait to see what y’all think about my next WIP, the Sinbad and Sailor Dove Fitted T, so you’re going to have to wait for the dress – sorry!
As I mentioned in my last post, Hannah from S&S contacted me and asked if I’d like to make this garment. I’ve now completed a trial garment in a funny little (cheap!) print cotton from Spotlight in a straight size 12 so you guys get the best idea of the pattern out of the box – before I Zoe-ise it!!
Here’s the front – sorry about the grainy pics… eeek. To me, the fit was perfect – until I added the sleeves. There’s now those drag lines from the bust… any ideas peeps? Also, once the sleeves were on there wasn’t a whole lotta room to move – you know when you’re trying to put your arms out in front of you… Again, tips welcome here! The ideas I’ve had to address this so far are to maybe add 1cm to the back, or look at the height, and back line of the sleeve piece. Who knows?! Tell me PS – like my pretty necklace? T’was a b’day present from some lovely ladies
And here’s the back. Looking pretty good I think. I am wondering about those funky lines at the back of the sleeve – do they mean something?
The instructions were really clear, with lots of details, for example, …don’t backstitch…, and this would be a great garment for anyone who doesn’t have an overlocker because cleverly all many of the raw edges are neatly tucked in under another fold.
The open back means you can just pull it on and off over your head without adding any kind of closure. Oh, and I really like the neckline.
Changes I’m going to make for the ‘real’ one
In addition to any fitting changes;
- The back opening: I want to be able to wear this to work, and would feel a little bare with skin showing at the back. So, I’m thinking, I’ll either a.) make the pieces wider and cross over more, or b.) add a pretty little tie at the bottom that can tie the pieces together. Or maybe even both. Or I could just wear a singlet underneath lol. Or do you have another idea you’d like to share?
- Neck facings: I found the trickiest part of this garment the front neck facing, there was some serious easing required. So, the next one, I’m going to use bias binding around the neck. Whilst this eliminates the facing, the reason for this change was design related rather than issues with construction (yet a nice coincidence ).
- Length: As per usual, I will lengthen, probably by about 4cm.
I’m going to use a ridiculously cool printed rayon that’s going to have much more drape than this little number – can you tell I’m excited?
Love to hear your tips and thoughts! And fess up, what’s on your sewing table that’s exciting you at the moment?