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.
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…