Monthly Archives: June 2017

Burdastyle 8/2015 #120 : An Almost Crop Top

I’m posting this in the full knowledge that I should try and get proper pictures, you know, with me actually inside the top.
However, I’ve managed to not get proper pictures for the best part of three months, so maybe it’s not to be for this top.

But anyway: I made a top, in my new favourite colour Blush.

The pattern was Burdastyle 8/2015 #120, without the overlay.

I had in fact made this before, but shamefully never blogged it. The fabric was a beautiful looking poly that was so static and sweaty to wear that I wore the top two or three times and sent it on to the charity shop during my last clear out where hopefully it will find another home.

I shortened it a little bit, gently curving the front seam upwards. I also put in split hems – because I could.

The back has a CB seam (because the original pattern has a button closure), but it’s all straight, so it could easily be eliminated.

The neckband is simply the same fabric with the reverse side showing. Unfortunately it doesn’t lay quite flat, but this only bothered me during the first wear, afterwards I quickly forgot to find fault with this project. Doesn’t that happen ever so often that we are overly critical with our own projects, only to be unable to identify a few weeks later?!

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Burdastyle 12/2016 #107(ish): The Look Behind Me Top

What can I say – long time, no see and all that… I blame Instagram: after not getting it at all for years I suddenly really started enjoying it and have been snapping away on it rather than making the effort to write a proper blog post. (My Insta handle, or whatever they call these things is Said&Done Chris by the way, in case you’re interested).

But anyways, I have been sewing loads, absolute loads!! I’ve had quite a slow time at work, which is unusal for me, but is all part of a big plan, because I’m going to take a sabbatical FOR AN ENTIRE YEAR!!! starting from August. How amazing is that??!! It’s not exactly a surprise as such, I’ve been working towards this for five years, as my employer has this scheme where you can work overtime for a number of years in order to get back the hours accrued during the sabbatical, which means that I’ll be ON MY USUAL WAGES.

Yes, let me just repeat this: I’ll have a paid year off! Funnily, my colleagues don’t seem to enjoy me discussing this fact with them anymore, I can’t think why, so I thought I’ll share this with you 🙂

Anyways, I digress, sewing:

I made a little linen top, something to wear for the warmer weather that we had a couple of weeks back. I love the front with the pleats and all that – but look at the back: it has bum-ruffles:

Just thinking of bum-ruffles is enough to put me in a good mood! In fact I’ve been known to laugh out loud on the train when considering the bum-ruffles.

The pattern I used is loosely based on Burdastyle 12/2016 #107

Obviously I moved the side ruffle towards the back and left off the sleeves. And of course I didn’t make it a dress. That’s because I didn’t want a dress, I wanted a chance to use bum-ruffles. But also I wouldn’t have had enought fabric because I was refashioning this dress I made a while ago.

Again, clearly not this exact dress, but that one – I just thought you might want to look at the dress as it actually looks. It turned out to be one of the makes I really liked the theory of, but that I never wore in practice. The dropped waist just isn’t for me, I guess.

So there, back to the top, inclusive of an honorary appearance for the Brexit Coat, flamingos and all.
(Excuse the hair, by the way. Don’t know what happened there…)

The front yoke is self-lined and I even handstitched it down. And two gratuitous pictures of the bum-ruffles, because this is how I roll. And really, do you know why they are there? Because I didn’t have enough fabric to cut the back as long as I wanted it. What a lucky coincidence, ey?

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