|Standing in front of our new rammed earth wall in our straw bale/ rammed earth home !|
I was given this white/ off white seersucker . I had 1.5 metres ( 1.6 yards ) but is was only 90 cm ( 35 inches ) wide . I initially wanted to make a top along the lines of Louise Cutting`s Ebb design. In my dreams ! I was really short of fabric . Then I tried Simplicity 5683 because I have made it twice before and it doesn`t take much fabric. Again I was way off the mark. I was getting a bit desperate now because I had also set my heart on using these 4 vintage buttons which in my mind matched my vintage fabric perfectly .
So it was quite fitting that I found this vintage pattern which matched my fabric allowance .
Once I made the little bow tie version in fabric that Princess Diana had a shirt from ( hers was black and white and mine was red but it was the exact same pattern ! )
|photo courtesy from Diana`s jewels website - photo taken in 1983.|
This is also my best sewn version of this particular view. According to the pattern description it has a funnel neck line and shoulder tucks and getting those right was tricky- the shoulder tucks are adjacent to the neck line . Apart from that the top is simple . The big difference this time ( apart from 20-30 years literally ! ) was thread tracing the shoulder tuck marks . This then allowed absolute sewing accuracy and everything came together really nicely . Because there has been a fair bit of chocolate , cakes and three children since my teenage years I also did not add the waist darts ! The top has simple dropped shoulders and has just the right amount of ease.
|A close up of the neckline, shoulder tucks , fantastic textured seersucker and my vintage buttons.|
Have a good day , Janine.