I often spend a good portion of my day perusing sewing blogs. I always admire the beautiful work that I see and sometimes I covet the opportunities that these seamstresses have to wear such special and sophisticated garments.
Sometimes you’ve got to face facts. Even in your crafts. I am a stay at home mom at the moment. I will not likely have a need for a fancy dress even when I return to work. I am not generally the fancy dress type.
Sure I will indulge myself and make something for fun, a special occasion or skill building, but for the most part I will need fancy-ish casual clothes. And that’s okay. Those types of things provide plenty of room for learning, customization and bits of specialness. Case in point, these two tops I made today.
Fabric: Rayon Jersey blend
Pattern: BurdaStyle Lydia
This was the first time I used this pattern. I will definitely go down a size or two next time. The shoulders were too wide and I had fudge a bit to get them to fit. I didn’t want it tight, but there is a bit too much room in the armhole and chest area.
I attached the sleeves flat (thanks to this post at Eugenia’s blog) for the first time and I will never go back to the old way when using knits. It made it much easier to serge them on and as a result the inside is completely finished.
The pattern does not include the little cowl, but it’s easy enough to draft and add. I have so many more ideas for this basic little pattern.
I wrote out the steps to this in case anyone is interested. They are a bit wordy so I think I will whack it into a pdf and add it to the tutorial page.