Wednesday, 1 May 2013

April Stashbusting: At the Beach!

In my first "grown-up" apartment, my bedroom was decorated with an Indian theme - marigold walls, a princely marionette, and saffron fabric swagged over my bed. It was great while it lasted, but eventually I moved, gave the marionette away, and folded up the 5-6 yards of quite lovely cotton voile and put it in a bin. I thought I might use it as mock-up fabric, but then April's Stashbusting theme "bright colours" came along.

It hangs so nicely!
This is Vogue 1247, by Rachel Comey. It's been pretty popular, and I had been meaning to make it up for some time. I even had a matching thread at the ready, so this is a 100% stash bust.

I was a bit nervous, after my experience with V1170 , which was very large, as well as very weird. I'm still trying to find a way to salvage that one, it may have a post of it's own yet!  So this is really a wearable mock-up/beach top - it's not long enough to be a cover-up, but the neckline is far too sassy for my everyday life.

I cut one size down from the recommended size, which still left plenty of ease. Putting it together was fairly straightforward, it just required a bit of patience with the bias cut and french seams. If I make this top again (which I may, I love the silhouette), I will raise the neckline, but that's the only thing I would change. 

As I mentioned, it has a home in my beach wardrobe - here's a shot from my recent mini-break in Mexico! This was in March, when the sun and sand were a very welcome change from the sleet and snow of home. 

It was so warm!


Well, that was short and sweet! And my next post will branch out from Stashbusting, promise!


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