The fabric is from a pair of polycotton curtains I got from the jumble sale for £2. Metres of fabric, brilliant value, because you don't want to waste really nice fabric when you're just starting out and liable to make a catalogue of errors.
Now on to the pattern. I found a couple of things less than ideal for a beginner. Firstly, cutting out the pattern is really, really difficult because it's a multi-size pattern with lines diverging and intersecting all over the place. It's hard at times to work out which line you should be following!
Secondly, the recommended width of bias binding to use is 1/2" bias tape, with only a 1/4" seam allowance around the neckline and armholes (it's 5/8" elsewhere). This proved far too fiddly, with such narrow margins for sewing and folding over, especially as my fabric was fraying quite a bit. I had to unpick the bias tape THREE times. Gah. In the end I bought 1" tape, which was too big actually, but hey, it's on finally!
Other than that, the pattern seems true to size, and the instructions are really good. I'm impressed overall with the pattern and I'll definitely be returning to have a look at the rest of the Colette patterns when I've improved my sewing skills a little.
As for my finished blouse - well, it's amateurish at best. I had to unpick my stay-stitching as it wasn't covered by the bias and then my neckline ended up being a bit stretched out. I think my hem was a bit wonky too. The bias I bought off Ebay was really bad as well. I hadn't realised there were lots of different types, and mine was too stiff and scratchy. I've since found that Hollies Haberdashery do the most wonderful soft and gorgeous bias, so I will be purchasing from them in future.
It's not a top to wear outside the house I feel, so I thought I'd turn it into a sleep set and make a pair of matching shorts. I had a pattern from an issue of craft magazine Mollie Makes and whipped up a pair of shorts. I was really pleased, I did a good job! The only issue? I can't get them past my knees. they are TEENY shorts. Supposedly a size medium, UK 10 to 12. More like a 6 to 8.
Teeny tiny shorts. More like hot pants?
I have plenty more of that fabric though, and I am sure I have another shorts pattern somewhere that might be a bit more accurately sized (nope, I am not blaming myself here - I cut it out REALLY accurately and I printed it 'actual size'). This coming week I am in not in work, hurrah, and so I will hopefully have a bit more time for sewing. I could have an entire pink polkadot wardrobe by this time next week!
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