I’m having a shot at Simplicity’s Blogger Challenge that they’re holding.
I already had the dress pattern for the dressmaking challenge but the simple top they were offering through the vintage challenge seemed so simple that doing a variation on it looked like it could be fun. Plus – by entering the challenge you get a free pattern. I’m never one to turn down something free.
So far I’ve made up the toile (out of my nephews old curtains!). There’s a lot I need to do to make it fit.
Problem 1: Abnormally narrow shoulders
Part of the problem is my abnormally narrow shoulders. The shoulder seam is falling away down my arms and looks silly. Which means I’ll have to adjust the arms though I’m not sure how much because the slash neck is so wide. At the moment I can raise my arms comfortably but if I just cut into the shoulder seams I’ll have to adjust both the neck width and the arms fit.
Problem 2: Chunky monkey hips
The second issue is it’s a bit snug on my hips but very loose around the middle. In essence the top is a square but I’m a bit more hourglass. I quite like loose tops so less worried about the bust but need to adjust the hips.
Problem 3: Short arse torso
Most dress patterns I have to shorten the torso. I’ve never normally bothered on blouses and tops but clearly from the back view I need to do something about this pattern.
I’ve sketched a couple of ideas of what to do with it. I’m thinking of a structured jacket of some sort. You probably can’t see the sketches anyway because all I could find was a red colouring pencil.
It’s all about the fabric for me though. I’ve got this cracking waxed batik fabric I bought in Uganda in January. As I’ve got no plans to go to this tiny little remote village in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park any time soon I want to make sure I use this fabric carefully.
As you can see its got fish all over it. As a marine biologist and fish nerd therefore this fabric called out to me.
I’m thinking if I do it right this could be a fun piece to wear to work meetings. I’m such a nerd I get a real kick out of wearing clothes that match the theme if the meeting. Like my elephant print dress to an Illegal Wildlife Trade meeting, butterflies to a taxonony meeting, hibiscus skirt to a botany meeting. You name it and I’ve nerded it!
Who else is in for the challenge? Got any thoughts on what to do?