I’ve been in a sewing slump since getting back from a family vacation last week – so I threw caution to the wind and cut into my precious (expensive) Art Gallery Knit!
On a whim, I cut out an Anna bodice with a free-hand u-shaped neckline. I used the Anna pieces that I’d FBA’d for my Sewing Dare dress, forgetting that I’d altered the pattern to make that dress extra blousy! Needless to say, the bodice turned out big and saggy and sad. I’d already turned and stitched the sleeves and neckline, so I just took a giant tuck horizontally just in front of the shoulder seam, taking out 1.5″ on length from the front! Yikes. It’s pretty messy inside!
The skirt is, of course, a Tiramisu 1/2 circle skirt. It’s a handy pattern because it has a line marked on it for creating a chevron with stripes. I usually prefer the more modern feel of something like a Comino Cap or Mission Maxi skirt (halfway between a-line and a straight skirt), but I thought the kimono sleeves would be best balanced by a fuller skirt. Now if someone would just invite me to a garden party or church tea, I’d be set!
Now, if you remember my haul video, I wasn’t thrilled with this fabric when it arrived. I’d been expecting something beefier… but I have to report that it did sew up vey nicely. It was easy to iron, didn’t curl badly and was perfect for doing the bust pleats. This dress would have been a lot harder to sew in my favourite rayon jersey, so 1 point to Team Cotton. (That said, I chose this bodice and skirt on purpose to work well with the fabric – with rayon I would have done something more figure-hugging!)
In other news – I got my hair cut at the start of vacation! It’s my first asymmetrical cut. I do like it, but I spent the first week trimming it and thinning out the short side to give it more shape. (My hairdresser knows I like my hair to be whispy with little bits curling out at the front, but somehow it’s never whispy enough. I get so thrown off by how they style it at the salon that I’m never quite sure if the haircut is right or not before I leave… clearly I need to be more assertive or find a new stylist!) Next time I think I’ll leave the long side longer, and get the short side shorter. Viva la asymmetrical hair!
Did you notice that I finally took pictures in a new location??? Yay me! I love the way Heather finds nice locations around town, so I decided to go check out a park downtown by the river. I was feeling a little chicken though – that I’d get odd looks or that the camera would get stolen/knocked over while I was far away with the remote – so I asked Jamie to come along with me. Here he is, loitering in the background!
I still used the tripod and timer though, because that way I can take as many pictures as I want without feeling like an idiot. In the end, the park was empty except for about 100 Canada geese, so I didn’t need my bodyguard! There are a bunch of good locations there (river, stone walls, modern glass-and-steel theatre, bridge, railroad, and trees) so I’ll be sure to take more pictures there this summer!
I’ve got just under 1m of this print left… not sure if I should sew it up right away, or let it marinate in the stash a bit!
Now, I’ve already mentioned that I had to take out length in the bodice and cut my own neckline… but I made a lot of other changes too.
- narrowed back 1″
- rounded back neckline
- removed 1/2″ wedge from front neckline in an attempt to stop it gaping
- added gentle angle to the shoulder seam, so it bends downward from the shoulder point.. otherwise the sleeves would be to wing-like in this fabric!
- made some alterations to sew in a knit, like narrowing the back bodice at the waist and adding seam allowances to turn and stitch the sleeves
Now, it’s entirely possible that I messed up the FBA last time and that’s why I had the extra bodice length… and I did sew a woven pattern in a knit (albeit a stable one)… but the last time I had to make this many changes to a pattern was sewing Colette, and I’ve since given up on making them work for my body.
Have you made BHL Anna? Did you find it easy to fit, or a lot of work? I think it’s always so flattering on other people, and it’s clearly a pattern with staying power… but after sewing it up 3 times, I have to say the fitting business is too much work for me. The bust darts are pretty, but they are literally the only part of the bodice I ended up sewing as-is!