Have you seen this pattern?
It was suggested to me by Beatrice who frequently comments on my makes. I so appreciate comments on my work! Honestly, I never expect anyone other than my mother to read my blog. :)
So here is the story on this top. I purchased a lacey dress at a super cool antique shop in Minneapolis called Hunt and Gather. I had no idea what to do with it but I knew it would spark some creativity.
I asked readers for some suggestions and Bernice suggested the New Look pattern. It's cute, right? I love the simple lines and feminine shape.
Upon close inspection of the dress, I noticed the lace and pintucks were in pretty rough shape so I salvaged what I could and that was enough to create the sleeves. The rest of the top is made from Kona Cotton.
While I am okay with the shape of the top, I wish I had made a muslin. Either that, or used a very, very lightweight cotton or even batist (sp?) so it flowed better and didn't pool in areas.
I also played with a hemstitch needle to create the hemline and neckline. I love the little extra touch it gives.
I practiced on scraps and read online about what stitches to use with a hemstitch needle. You must use a stitch that will leave holes in your fabric.
I love my top and the hubby does too but I am not crazy about how this fit. I may have to redo the bodice section and reattach the sleeves.
What say you? Does it fit well enough? I thought about adding fish-eye darts in the back to make it more fitted there. Will that help?
Thanks again for reading and Bernice, if you will please send me your email address to email@example.com, I'd like to contact you regarding sending a little something from my stash to yours!