|With Pattern Runway Sweet Scalloped Shorts|
Pattern: Chemisier Berthe from the book "Un Ete Couture" by Geraldine Debeauvais (La Republique du Chiffon), size small, lengthened by 10cm.
Fabric: 1 metre of 112cm-wide striped cotton poplin. I bought mine for £5.25 (+ £1.25 postage) from Oh Sew Crafty on ebay, but Croft Mill sells it too (£6.95 per metre + £5.95 postage for a standard parcel - worth it if you are stocking up the stash with a big order). The collar and front bands are made of Supersonic white cotton lawn from Croft Mill. This stuff is £12 per metre but is worth every penny - seriously gorgeous!
Other: Vintage dark pink buttons from stash (found in a local charity shop for pennies); woven interfacing; thread.
|Budgie print ironing board cover from Cath Kidston|
I had planned to use a 1960's pattern with this striped fabric, but I had not realised how narrow it was until it arrived. The vintage pattern had all-in-one facings which were extensions of the fronts, and I couldn't squeeze it out of my single metre of cloth.
The only way I could make the pattern fit my fabric was to play with the stripes. I cut the back and one front "sideways" and the final front with the stripes running vertically.
That white cotton is of such a beautiful quality! I am looking forward to sewing a whole shirt out of the remainder of my piece. It made the collar construction quite joyful: creating clean crisp edges, but super-soft to the touch. It was really easy to trim down the seams for a sharp finish without fear of fraying.
I must praise the designer for the collar instructions and diagrams. It all fitted together perfectly, despite my fear of tackling a "collar stand" (in French!).
I enjoyed sewing this blouse so much, that its wearability is almost secondary!
It all went together so smoothly, with matching stripes and perfectly-aligned collar and collar-stand - crikey! It's a miracle!
I definitely needed every centimetre of my front length extension.
Several other stitchers have expressed concern at the absence of bust darts, but the slightly a-line cut works for me without them.
I tend to prefer a short sleeve, rather than no sleeve, and the armhole is a little too deep for me. I would tweak that if I were to make it again. But I expect to be wearing a cardigan on top most of the time "in real life"!
|Tucked in and buttoned up, with Peggy skirt|