I had a rather interesting mountain bike crash last week.
One of those where I ended up bouncing my way down a gravel slope and every part managed to hit the ground on the way to the bottom...
Not sure what happened. Felt like my bike had enough of me and decided to come away from under me and take off while I was still flying somewhere mid air.
Don't feel sorry for me, I was stupid. Nothing broke.
With my battered and bruised body (thank you Photoshop) sport is out of the question for at least a week, so that gave me some extra sewing time.
Shall I call it "consolation sewing"?
At least it was what us sewists call "selfish sewing", and I sewed something with ruffles for me.
Didn't think it was my thing.
But I gave it a go and I'm very happy with the result. (Unlike that new mountain bike track I gave "a go"!)
This is the Crystal Top, a pattern from the March 2018 issue of the La Maison Victor magazine. (The English edition).
I used the Viscose Dobby in Posie Green from Atelier Brunette. This is a very lightweight fabric, perfect for summer.
I made a straight size 36 without modifications. I didn't even add length, which I normally always do, but after measuring the pattern, I realised it wasn't necessary.
The fit is great, except for the armholes. These are way too tight as you can probably see in this photo.
I should have tried on the blouse before finishing the armholes off with the bias binding (what was I thinking? Keen to finish it I guess).
It's all fixable, but it means more unpicking.
At least the insides look pretty as I used a bias binding in copper.
It's pretty straightforward to sew together, and the instructions were clear. Although where they instructed to sew three pieces together (sandwiched) in one step, I basted two layers together first, then sewed it all together in a second step. (less room for error!)
I now wished I had paid a bit more attention to the print when cutting. The print lines up too much horizontally at the back seam. A bit offset would have been better.
I'm pretty sure I'll sew this blouse again. I've got my eye on this crepe from Atelier Brunette which would also be a perfect fabric for this top.
But first I'm planning a matching skirt. Some new Tencel Twill fabric to test arrived today, and it's a perfect colour match. How timely.
It would certainly make for a nice Christmas outfit if I can get it done in time.
- Pattern: Crystal Top by La Maison Victor Magazine, Edition 1, March 2018
- Fabric: 1.25m of Posie Green Viscose Dobbie by Atelier Brunette.
- Bias binding: Copper
- Size: 36 - modifications: will take out 2cm from the bottom of the armhole.