Just squeaking in again with these two challenges. The top is no. 116 from BurdaStyle July issue. I'm really pleased withmyself for completing the first seven months of Hila's challenge. When I picked this top I thought it would be pretty simple, but actually ...... it's not! I cut a size 40 and it was pretty roomy, I took a little more in at the sides.
You have to bravely slash down the front facing, and then place a placket at the back and sew the buttons that. There are rouleau button loops. I have to say I always find placing these accurately tricky, and this time was no different. There is also a really long drawstring, and boy was that tricky to turn.
The neck is faced and that means that at the strap area there is as many as 6-8 layers! In order to make sure these stay in place I added a few stitches holding both the front and facing in place.
I didn't like the really long ties on the shoulder straps so I reduced them by 4 inches. I do love the fabric, so cute. It sews and presses like a dream and has just a little stretch for comfort. It's from Sew Me Sunshine, which is definitely one of my favourite websites; great fabric, excellent service and so beautifully wrapped. Unfortunately this one is sold out, but there is a similar one. So overall a cute pattern, but not a quick sew, even knotting the shoulders in the right place isn't easy to do on your own!
I've just finished my Lander shorts in time for the sunshine to disappear! I do think that True Bias are great patterns, lots of nice details and clear instructions. I cut the size 4 and used the full 1" seams. The waist is still a little loose. Although the pattern says you can't adjust the waist you can, if you use a technique of fitting the waistband before you sew the edges.
I added 1 2/8th" to the crotch length and I needed this (I have a high waist). I love the pockets and the opportunities for topstitching. I had been worried the fly might bulge a bit having buttons rather than a zip, but it seems to be lying OK. Generally I'm happy with the fit, though there is a bit of excess in the back, any ideas anyone?
It hasn't been sunny enough to wear them to see how comfy they are, but I think this is a great pattern, and I have plans for a dusky pink babycord pair of trousers and a linen pair. I'm already planning next months challenges!