V1247 – An American Dream

I managed to squeeze in one last make, prior to catching my transatlantic plane. This top is my second make of the V1247; my first is blogged about here. (Yes, that’s a San Francisco tram! Yes, that’s the golden glow of fake tan!)

I love this top. I know its loose structure divides people, but it sits well with my regular need to hide my body (I know, I know…) without looking like a total sack.

I love the construction – it’s a real jigsaw puzzle. A French seam jigsaw puzzle, and you will want to be painstakingly accurate. Or work with a disguising print. In fact, the concentration needed for this make was absolutely perfect for distracting me from pre-flight nerves. The quiet calm of carefully, slowly, carefully, slowly piecing the sections together was a tonic. Sewing and editing (my day job) – they both require an unhealthy perfectionist streak and a contentment with quiet industry. For me, at least. I know others bring different personality traits or even career choices to their sewing – do you know what yours are? I’d love to hear!

Here are a few construction details:

Purple contrast thread and embroidery stitch on the sleeve turn ups.

Here’s an interior shot of the French seams.

There are pretty pleats at the shoulder.

The fabric is a beautiful and high quality lawn cotton bought off Walthamstow market for £4 a metre. The man outside Sainsburys on a Saturday – he’s really the guy you want to target. He whispered in my ear that this is Liberty lawn. Well, I’m going to take that claim with a big pinch of salt. But even if it isn’t Liberty, I can see the quality.

Ooh, writing a project review is making me home sick! My sewing class finished this evening (yes, we had a lot to do and Beth was a saint at powering on through with me). Tomorrow my boyfriend arrives in San Francisco and life and holidays will set off on a whole other whirlwind.

Guys, I ain’t gonna be blogging much! Lack of internet access, a desire to respect the sanctity of a long-fantasised-about holiday with Ian and (hopefully) too much fun mean that I’m not going to be in a desperate desire to seek out wifi. I have many positive things to say about my sewing this week, but it won’t be said over the next few days.

‘Thank all that is holy for that!’ cry many fed-up readers, sick of Didyoumakethat clogging up their blog reading. But I would like to pass on a sincere thank you to anyone still here for indulging my incessant need to write, write, write – especially when holed up in a hotel room on my own. My lovely friends – what would I do without you?

Right! Time to go and find a cocktail…

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35 Responses to V1247 – An American Dream

  1. Wendy says:

    Can’t wait to hear about your classes, but have a fab, memorable holiday in the meantime!

  2. thanks for stopping by to let us see that embroidery stitch on such pretty fabric. Hope it all wears well on your holiday. Have a good one!

  3. Tilly says:

    Enjoy your holiday, Karen! xx

  4. enjoy your holidays! I think your faithful readers can wait a bit 🙂

  5. Fiona says:

    That’s a lovely top. Enjoy your holiday – I’m so envious of your trip to Monterey! (Those sea otters are so cute they will make you weep).

  6. Far says:

    Enjoy the rest of your holiday, Karen!

  7. nothy lane says:

    Really nice top. I like the fabric. The street car in the background is cool too! How do you like all the hills in San Fran? I always find my muscles ache so much after only a few blocks. Enjoy the rest of your holiday!

  8. Love the top. I’m another one who sometimes likes to cover up my body and V1247 is perfect for that because although it’s loose, it doesn’t look baggy or unstructured, IMHO.

    Have a great holiday.

  9. Michelle says:

    Fantastic blouse! Love the colour, and look at you with your fancy insides and the french seaming!

    Have a fantastic holiday! Can’t wait to hear all about it … once you’ve come home. Enjoy your time with your fella!

  10. happyhermit says:

    Enjoy your break, looking forward to hearing all about it!

  11. Roobeedoo says:

    I think that’s my favourite 1247 so far – that fabric is really lovely. And pink shorts? Ooh yes I love those pink shorts!
    Have a great holiday. Try not to get the shakes from blog-withdrawal! 😉

  12. Tessa says:

    That’s very pretty fabric. Have an amazing holiday Karen! I know you will! Look forward to hearing about it when you’re back.

  13. Alice says:

    Your top is lovely! I knew I recognised the fabric and I’m 99% sure it’s because I was looking at it in Liberty last year. I think your man outside Sainsbury’s was telling the truth! Enjoy the rest of your trip. I’m planning a holiday in San Francisco this Autumn so all recommendations for places to visit will be appreciated!

  14. em says:

    I think it’s smart to sew stuff for all ranges of how one might feel about one’s body. then one doesn’t have to worry about not feeling worthy of lovely hand-sewn stuff! Plus wow all those French seams; I bow to your precision 🙂

  15. Sherry says:

    Nice top and pretty fabric! Sometimes you need something that is relaxed and comfortable, especially on holiday. Have a fabulous time!!

  16. shivani says:

    have a super holiday!

  17. liza jane says:

    I just made that same top! And fortunately I used a disguising print. Have a great time!

  18. Melizza says:

    Enjoy your holiday and cocktails!

  19. Marie says:

    Love the ‘new’ top and I’m itching to try this pattern. I too often like to hide my body and whar better way to do it than a chic, floaty top! Oh and how I’ve enjoyed your San Francisco posts! I’m going to miss you when you’re off having more fun, but look forward to your return! Have a great holiday lovely lady!

  20. Jenn-NY says:

    Ahh….it’s a great town for cocktails. Enjoy!

  21. Tamsin says:

    Have a fantastic holiday Karen! Looking forward to hearing about your sewing classes when you get back.

  22. Bon vacances! I’ll miss your posts but I don’t think Ian should be a blog widower!

  23. Miriana says:

    Enjoy your holiday, Karen- I hope it’s going to beat all your expectations! And thanks for taking us along with you thus far 🙂

  24. Amy says:

    Have a great vacation!

  25. Sewing Princess says:

    have fun enjoy the states and have a nice rest too.

  26. LinB says:

    Y’all have fun. Get some rest. Eat too much. Drink too much. Come home safely.

  27. Joanne says:

    Have a FANTASTIC break you bloody well deserve it! 🙂 xxx

  28. symondezyn says:

    Really truly happy for you that you get such a nice holiday with your beloved 🙂 Do enjoy and we’ll all be here when you return, to hear about your class adventures! ^__^

  29. Can’t wait to hear more about your class and that lawn is lovely, such a romantic print.
    Have a great holiday! All that industry deserves a nice break. Plus I think all Londoners are owed some sun right now, even if they have to be in another country to get it.

  30. Cat says:

    I had a dream(!) you were taking an official break from blogging. I was sad.
    Can’t wait to hear about your SF adventures!

  31. lemur178 says:

    £4 a metre?!! Crikey, I paid A LOT MORE THAN THAT for that exact same fabric from Shaukat’s! And yes, I can confirm it is Liberty, “Laura and Alfie” from their Arts Fabrics range.

    As a South Londonder I’m not sure I’d ever make it to Walthamstow just to buy some fabric, but for £4/ metre Liberty fabric I might just! Where is this wonderful seller? Please, I want to know!!

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