When I found some striped curtains in a Chipping Norton charity shop a couple of months ago, they screamed out (as is often the case) “Buy Me! I look like something from your past!”, a shirt that my mum made for my brother when he was little to be precise, I had to have them!
It was a perfect sewing project, clearly explained with beautiful photographs and suggestions on variations. I did have to make a SBA (small bust adjustment) as my girl is quite dainty, but found this tutorial from Christine Haynes really helpful.
After quite a lot of trying on and pinning (all whilst knee deep in paint and perspex – her, not me), I felt happy with the fit and sewed up the bodice and lining (with a bit of cotton from my stash).
The belt (it’s pinned here, hence the wobble) is made following Tilly’s Bow Belt tutorial (swapping the bow for a big, bold, purple and pearl button from my button tin) and it helps to nip the waist in perfectly.
All done and I think she likes it. No she loves it, phew! She may wear it to her Final Art Show party at the weekend. She may not (who knows what to wear for definite until the very last nano second, especially at 18?) but I’m fine with her just hanging it on her door for now, it looks good there …
It’s a shame she’s so much smaller than me, I’d steal it otherwise!