Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens... these are a few of my favourite things!
Oh... but summer would be good! Just enough sunshine to let me wear this top without a cardigan... please?
|FL dropped the camera in a puddle...|
Pattern: Simplicity 6238 from 1965, size 12, 32" bust
Fabric: 0.6m of rose print cotton from Ditto Fabrics plus a slice of dobby dot leftover from my Portfolio top and my Pyjama Party baby doll top.
Other: Fancy lace-edged zip from the V and A shop online (they operate a lucky dip on the colour!)
|Rain + my hair = sheep|
My initial impression was that this fabric was as soft and fine as an old-fashioned lady's handkerchief. I was worried that it would be completely transparent, and that if I applied a strip of plain cotton fabric to face the hem scallops, they would look too heavy and clumsy and knock the garment off balance.
So I decided to copy the two-layered top from my Japanese pattern book Female Spring 2012, using the shaped contrast layer as an underlining below the rose print. I thought the texture of the dobby dot would shine through like.. um... raindrops on roses...?
Well... only if I stand in extremely strong sunlight!
But the swiss dot is a very similar weight to the rose print, so the two work well together. I decided to scallop the front hem but leave the back plain... because it already has a fancy scalloped-edge zip and too much of a good thing can be... too much!
I have been let down by vintage shell-top patterns before (here and here). They can be deceptively simple. The critical issue is often the dart placement. Vintage underpinnings tend to... peak at a different point to modern ones, leading to all sorts of ill-fitting nonsense.
Friends - this pattern absolutely hits the apex! I took the precaution of measuring the distance from my shoulder to the dart point before I cut the fabric and couldn't quite believe that it seemed to be right on target - but it is! Woo hoo!
I took my time and finished all the seams by folding under the raw edge and stitching along the fold.
It felt strange to sew the zip on the outside of the garment, and I wasn't sure what to do with the bottom end, so I just tucked it underneath and stitched it in place.
The neck and arm edges are finished with white bias tape - I was having nothing to do with floppy facings, thank you!
At last I have found a vintage shell-top pattern that fits me straight out of the packet!
It is quite square, but not too baggy. It works tucked and untucked, with skirts and with trousers.
The fabric is beautiful and kinda vintage-looking without being too costumey.
The collar was my mother's in the 1960's. I can't sew it on because it fastens with a hook and eye at the front and the blouse zips up at the back.
But that's OK, because I like having the option to wear the lace butterfly brooch (also from my mother) or a necklace.
Would I make it again?
Just try and stop me!
Now I am watching Jessica to see what she does with the rest of the fabric :D