I finally finished my BWOF March project. I have to say that I wasn't feeling too excited about it at the time, but now I have just done my little photo session this top/jacket has really grown on me - despite the awful unflattering pictures taken late at night! (at the risk of sounding like a broken record, my camera has been in the repair shop for a month now, argh!). Anyway I think this is one of those patterns that you need to see on a real person to see how it looks so I'll just put my vanities to one side.....
Part of the problem with making this jacket was my fabric choice, which is a cotton with a bit of stretch in it (you don't need the stretch at all, but I decided I wanted a red one and this was what was in the stash). This pattern would work much better with something a little softer and drapier. As it was I had big problems getting the very curved seams to lie flat and not look puckered - you can probably see that they are not perfect, but I think this is still very wearable.
I absolutely love the sleeves and I was a little nervous whether I would even like them - generally I'm not into anything puffy! I hope this will make me a bit braver to try new details - BWOF is great for these so I have no excuses.
The only change I made to this pattern was to draft a separate interfaced hem facing as I didn't think I would get a satisfactory finish just turning up the hem allowance with my fabric.
I also popped into a local fabric store at lunchtime today and picked up these goodies for some summer pieces, clockwise from bottom left;
- border embroidered cotton voile, 2 yards - skirt or dress, will need lining
- stretch print cotton, 3 yards - dress?
- denim (good to use on either side, the dark side is the reverse), 4 yards. This is wide fabric so should get a few pieces from this - jeans & skirt at least
- print linen, 3 yards - skirt?
I have no idea yet what I'll be making next, we have a public holiday here on Thursday and I'm off on a short vacation the following week so even though I may not get much sewing done for a couple of weeks, I'll certainly be thinking about it!