This was a much fondled piece of linen. One of those cuts of cloth that you visit occasionally only to close the cupboard door knowing the pattern you had in mind falls short. How best to place the border design so the fabric sings? Not too many darts/panel lines, but just enough to create a well fitting garment. I was very tempted by a summer ‘sack’ dress. But it just didn’t feel special enough. Colour, border print, fibre, I love everything about this linen. Apologies, no idea of the provenance, thats how long I’ve had this piece!
Thanks go to #1 son’s girlfriend who announced the theme for her 21st birthday party – ‘starry, starry night’. Just the excuse I needed to just use this much fondled stuff! I’d worked up a BHL Anna maxi in my head for so long, imagine the disappointment when I found 2 metres of fabric wasn’t enough; tears were shed. The skirt on that Anna maxi is a ravenous beast, so I ‘subbed’ in a self drafted A line skirt with as few darts as I could manage to preserve the border print. By the way has anyone else been following the Crafting a Rainbow Better Pictures Project? Hopefully lots of rooftop wind counts as movement!
2cm waistline ease in a skirt block doesn’t work for me, my skirts always slip down (square waist?) so I’m off to exterminate that damned ease, lest I forget. Maxi Skirt’s first incarnation had a drape to the hip (self drafted) but I just wasn’t convinced, so the front was recut from the draped section. Perhaps I should have kept the drape? Vacillation and procrastination Inc. So much pressure for this precious to be right! The faced waistline should sit at my natural waist but falls a little below, showing a little more skin than is ideal. Perhaps a waistband next time? Anyone? faced waistline or waistband? Do you have a preference?
The button tab keeps the skirt zip abutted while one wangles the zip closed, its the small things right? In order to reduce bulk as much a possible, I just zig zagged, it works fine, grosgrain would also do the job.
A neat hemline just didn’t seem to cut the post apocalyptic vibe (where is the cloudy miserable day when you want one), so the hem of both top and skirt were frayed. Not a terrible task sitting in front of the TV with hubby late at night, but definitely more time consuming than a nicely stitched hem! Full lining helps a little with the dreaded linen creasiness, this has been worn to 2 parties before these photos. Hygiene alert – the top was washed between wears, its a hot ‘n’ sweaty summer here after all!
Anna Bodice as Top
The original neckline was lowered about 3cm on amiable Anna and FYI, I took out 2 x gape darts from the neckline of about 7mm each JIC. The bodice of the BHL Anna dress was improved no end with a magnificent FBA. I thank Alison of Another Little Crafty Creation for her most excellent Anna FBA tutorial. For my chesticles, it adds fabric in all the right places. The FBA instructions are necessarily convoluted and had me so befuddled that at one point I decided it would be easier to draft my own bodice a la Anna. Started down that track but conceded that those girls at BHL do indeed know their onions! Back to the original collaged version with FBA. Alison’s tutorial has no side seam dart, but I inserted one, I like the look of a neatly fitted side seam and the released darts underboob (technical term?) were getting a tad large I thought.
Upside down CB zipper – on purpose since it became apparent that there was no way my massive shoulders would fit through the opening of my waist – nice save eh?!
I have no problem with a slivver of skin above the belly button, its a passable abdominal slivver. South of the BB is where it gets all nasty, so I find this revealing style quite wearable though the coverage of a cardi is still comforting and looking at these photos of peri menopausal skin, I’m really not so sure I like any of it. Off to locate those misplaced rose coloured glasses.
New Year resolution – buy more fabric in one cut rather than bits, I’m tired of playing pattern tessellation when what I really want is a maxi dress!! The Anna love didn’t stop here though, stay tuned as they say!