My friend, whom I made the top for, sent me this pic of her in it. It looks more awesome than I thought it would look
I drew up a sketch of the top just to make sure I don't doubt myself whilst sewing or have any uncertainties:
After that I went to work on making the pattern. I used a book that I found in my dad's studio to base the pattern on:
It had the basic pattern blocks on a downsized grid and contained instructions on how to scale it to size (and also patterns from size US 6-16):
Then transferring the pattern:
Darts! made with carbon paper
And soon I had a proper pattern and measured it to chop off the bottom for the peplum 'skirt'
I sewed it up slowly and fortunately I found an old and broken mannequin (with no legs) somewhere in a cardboard box which had the same size as
Halfway point of sewing:
I let the mannequin take refuge in my room and sat it on my wheelie chair. I miss it now that she's gone.
And finally the final product:
I really loved working on this project because I was clearly out of my comfort zone as;
- I've never worked on a garment that is of size smaller than US 14. I am still astonished how little fabric the top took up
- I've also never worked with floral fabric. The whole time I was cutting out the fabric I was thinking 'which flower should be on the center?' or 'Does this match up?' but luckily it turned out alright
- If you look closely the collar is a kinda like a keyhole closure and I've never made one before so I
ripped apart my own clothing to see how it's doneresearched how to do so
- It is my first ever 'commissioned' piece. But I've decided not to charge because it was my first after all and I didn't know just how it would turn out or how much to actually charge for it
Overall, it was an enjoyable experience that I hope to go through again
On a side note, this may be my last post for a while as I've just entered sixth form and will most likely be burdened with lots of work haha ^_^"
Till next time,