Oh so pensive. In a dress that fails because it’s unlined, exposes too much middle aged back and is too narrow at the hem to allow me to vault anything other than the squattest of walls. One never knows when the need to vault might arise. As the material might just be my most favourite (from Kim at Worn and Washed) I thought that I would try to save as much of it as as I could. My plan was to make this Burda shift. That’s a couple of days that I’ll never get back.
A sack with pretty straps is still a sack.
we really are in House Elf territory here. Good job I changed my mind and made something entirely different for our trip to the Hogwarts bridge:
I always seem to go off piste, where was it this time?
- I used a single piece collar from a shirt pattern in Burda Easy Spring/Summer 2013. I can’t be doing with fiddly twiddly two piece collars.
- I didn’t interface the collar or the button stand. I can’t be doing with stiff collars either.
- I substituted shirring elastic for the recommended 1/4 inch elastic on the sleeves.
- The fancy stitching down the button stand was all my idea.
Obligatory Sewing Error(s)
- The original dress was shirred and parts of the fabric retain a hint of shirr, particularly the sleeves. Not an error as such but something to bear in mind when cutting out from foraged fabric.
- Having said I’m not keen on the stiffness interfacing can give to a collar, I think that if I had my time again, I would interface this button stand.
- Boy oh boy, it takes a long time to choose the best buttons. At least an hour for this here shirt. And setting in sleeves? More like an hour and a half.
Verdict on the Susan Scale?
11 thoughts on “Make or Mend Monday – Summer Blooms”
Impressive! And good pics of you both!
Thanks! We did get a few strange looks, not least from the kids.
Love the photos, & the comments! You have used a really pretty fabric for this blouse, it’s so cute!
If you don’t want stiff interfacing, I can highly recommend Gill Arnold’s fine sheer fusible. If you google “gill arnold interfacing” her page will come up. It is wonderful stuff, I use it all the time.
Thanks for the tip, I def. need to try something other than the interfacing I found in the remnants box… I bet you’re sewing lots of marvellous things… Don’t forget to blog them!! Px
Not sewn much at all lately! I am getting there though. x
This is incredible! Great job!
Aw, thanks! I am happy with how the shirt turned out. Hopefully, I’ll wear it more than I did the dress.
I like the shirt that handsome man is wearing 🙂
What a fun way to reuse your dress 🙂 I especially like the finnishing on the button stand. Did you embroyder by hand or machine?
By machine, feels like cheating, but I’m way too impatient to do that by hand!
XD so cute! And I love the top too. Really nice bunch of colours on that fabric.