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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8 thoughts on “Burdastyle 12/2016 #107(ish): The Look Behind Me Top

  1. thesewingmiserablist June 12, 2017 at 11:17 pm Reply

    Haha Bum ruffles! Lovely top too – you’re best work is definitely behind you 🤣

  2. SewingElle June 12, 2017 at 11:44 pm Reply

    Jealous of both the paid sabbatical and the bum ruffles!

  3. ellegeemakes June 13, 2017 at 5:37 am Reply

    Wow! Yes, your top with the bum ruffles is fabulous, but the paid year’s leave is phenomenal…well done!!

  4. kristina's style June 13, 2017 at 9:12 am Reply

    That looks awesome, I love it! Must incorporate bum ruffles soon!!! And congrats on the sabbatical, oh so jealous!!!

  5. Marianne June 13, 2017 at 10:40 am Reply

    Fabulous bum ruffles! Very appropiate, as you must have been working your butt off to deserve this sabbatical!

  6. tialys June 14, 2017 at 10:49 am Reply

    Lovely – a year off with pay, no wonder you wanted to celebrate with some rear ruffles.
    I can’t be doing with Instagram – I don’t use ‘devices’ for what I like to do on the internet and it’s not desk top friendly – plus I like to write and to read what other people write. I like your writing style – it makes me laugh – you should definitely continue blogging.

  7. Very cute top! I love that colour! It looks great on you!

  8. Anne W July 8, 2017 at 11:35 am Reply

    Hahaha, love the bum ruffles! And a whole year off, paid!!! 🙌 Just think of all the sewing…. 😉

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