Friday, February 22, 2013

Summer Liberty: Vogue 1308

We're still in summertime down here - and February gets really sticky, so it's not too late for a new sleeveless top in a light and gorgeous Liberty cotton.



I think it works with this black skirt, but I imagine it'd work with a something flared too.

Posing at the side of my house is so embarrassing. My nextdoor neighbours haven't said anything to me yet; I cringe to guess what they must think - perhaps:

          such a waste of the battery on that camera!

but more likely:

          what revolting narcissicm! 

 

Oh dear. Let's move right along.




*** Note to self: Fix mop!

The pattern is Vogue 1308, a summery little neck to ankle jump suit.  Although the idea of a silk jumpsuit seems strangely compelling to me, I have to admit it would be completely impractical for my harried (you know, just the working mother stuff) life. I guess I may still make the jumpsuit one day - perhaps for a retirement disco party? :-) 

Obviously I've only made the loose-fitting (absolutely no darts!) top from the jumpsuit, and I've left off the back ruffle. To turn the bodice into a top I compared the pattern pieces to a RTW top that I like to wear to work. I added about 10cm in length and widened a little from the waist down to account for hips. Very easy.

This fabric is one from my Sydney Sewing Social splurge; a grab for colour from Tessuti's remnant table. 0.85 metres at half the usual takes it to $19.10, minus a 15% discount for the Social means a total of about $16.25. The pattern was on sale at Vogue patterns in the US, and including shipping I guess it cost me around $7... everything else used (thread, bias binding) was a leftover.

The colours look more 'true' below, and you get some of our February sky, in-between downpours:

Sorry for the terrible ironing effort - it looked OK on the hanger in a darkened room, honest!
I've only used Liberty Tana Lawn once before (another Tessuti remnant used in this really imperfect '40s top), so I'm not an addict, but I do know the patterns and colours are spectacular, and I do know the fabric feels beautiful, fine and light, and it seems to work really well in hot weather.

Below you can see the lightness of the fabric - and sewing details on the front ruffle:



Neckline and armholes are finished with (green) bias binding, and since the top is loose enough I skipped the recommended centre back zip and have an opening that will end in a small press stud at the top.

Pre- press stud - not following the pattern instructions.

Next up I need to answer some tricky questions from Hazel (thank you Hazel, I'm getting there but I'm a bit stumped on a couple of them), and share The Skirt From The Dress That Didn't Want To Work.

See you anon, Gabrielle x

30 comments:

  1. That's a lovely, flirty, feminine blouse. Very nice.

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  2. Ha ha ha! I bet my neighbours think the same thing about me!
    I love your blouse. It looks light as a feather, and the print is gorgeous and modern at the same time. Just so very pretty!

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    1. Crazy isn't it! Unfortunately for me my neighbours have a lovely garden that needs lots of tending - so they probably see a lot of me posing... Thanks, it is a lovely print isn't it.

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  3. It works brilliantly. This top is pretty, feminine and the neighbours would agree with me. I know they would:)

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    1. Thanks - they may have liked the top, but I'm sure they think I'm pretty odd!

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  4. I love this! I think I'll be copying this one!

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    1. Go for it - look forward to seeing yours!

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  5. The blouse turned out beautifully. The fabric works perfectly for this style. :)

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    1. Thanks Jana, I'm really happy with it too.

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  6. This is a really pretty top. I bet it becomes a favourite!

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  7. Really pretty. The print is awesome and the blouse so femenine!

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    1. Thanks Merche, Liberty prints are so pretty. Hey, I'll bet you could make some lovely lingerie with a Liberty print!

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  8. I need to find me some Liberty on special too, I love all the prints and colours but I've never been able to part with my $ and buy some at full price :) You did a great job getting this top out of so little fabric and it looks fabulous on you, very pretty and light looking

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    1. I know, it's sooo expensive. Some people buy it from Shaukut (sp?) as it's a lot cheaper there; I think you can order from the website. Otherwise remnants are fab!

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  9. The fabric you have used is really pretty and I like the style. I don't have a problem with my neighbours as they seem to like living in the dark and rarely pull their drapes or maybe I have just traumatised them ;)

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    1. Oh dear - neighbours! Wouldn't it be good if you could meet / interview them all before you moved house...

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  10. What a great find and your top is beautiful,gorgeous colours and so perfect for the hot weather we have just had :)

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    1. Thanks Sharon, we do seem to be getting a lot of hot days don't we!

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  11. This is just lovely. Perfect match of fabric to pattern. You look a million bucks. And lol re: your neighbours. My kids think I'm mad too sometimes they sit there and watch me take all these photos of myself...I explain it is about the clothing/sewing etc but I'm not sure they're convinced. :-)

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  12. Lovely! Your details and edge finish are enviable.

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  13. It is so pretty! And looks wonderful with your black skirt and those awesome red shoes!

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  14. This top looks fabulous. I've been eyeing off that print - so gorgeous. I'm sure this will get a ton of wear.

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  15. That fabric is absolutely stunning, and the perfect choice for that pretty design :)

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  16. So pretty! I love the style and the print. Funny about the neighbors -- I often wonder about that too when I'm posing in our yard!

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  17. Very pretty! We are still getting 35 degree days here too, can't wait for autumn. I live across the road from the school so if I take pics outside I have to remember not to do it during lunch break as I get lots of hooting and whistling!

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  18. Everything's lovelier in Liberty :) It's gorgeous!

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