It's been ages since I've remembered to post something in the way of dressmaking here, but I have finally got myself organised to do so! I've actually done quite a lot of dressmaking recently, which may well be something to do with 'The Great British Sewing Bee', which I really enjoyed.
Ann, the deserved winner, was an inspiration, her skills a true testament to the value of experience built up over years. I can't imagine how it must have been for the contestants though, having to rustle garments up in such short amounts of time - I would have a fit rushing like that!
Even without rushing, I made an error with both of the makes I am showing today.
I was using a pattern I have used before, from The Girls Style Book, a Japanese pattern book.
The pattern I was using I have made several times before, maybe that's why I got blase and made the mistake...
Such a sweet top, and easy to wear, I'd imagine.
I believe you can now get this book in English (Amazon have it listed here) but mine is in Japanese, so is somewhat annotated...
I had decided to make two smocks as I had two small peeps in mind for receiving them.
One was made from a very soft pink paisley , a long length of which was picked up in a charity shop some years ago...
And the other from a very sweet pale grey 'Westfalenstoffe' floral print I bought ages ago from 'Dragonfly Fabrics'.
Can you spot the mistake?
A zoom in might help...
My tucks all lie the wrong way! I don't know what I did (sloppy cutting out is my suspicion) but once the tucks were all made I didn't have a rounded neckline, but an impossibly uneven one, so I had to press them all the wrong way. And they didn't really want to lie flat that way, so I added braid and button trim to force them into submission. Oh well!
I'm okay with the end results but will be more careful next time. I love this pattern, so I KNOW there will be a next time!
In the meantime, I have proof for Mr U-t-B, who was threatening to apply, on my behalf, for the next series of The Sewing Bee, that I am not ready for such a challenge!