I’m going to start this post by asking you to watch this…
I am Agnes!
Well, other than not being a child or animated – but Unicorns, I love them! I’ve always loved them, and now I can make my own clothes, I can wear them, much to the amusement of my family and friends. This isn’t my first unicorn make, there was the Liberty Polly Anna and then a dress completely from the Peter Woodward fabric.
Here’s my latest fantasy land creation, a sleeveless Mimi blouse. The fabric is a 100% cotton, very cheap £3.99 pm from Fabricland. It sold out quite quickly so I’m gutted I didn’t get any more. I still have enough left for a pair of PJ shorts I’m hoping. I have seen this on ebay and etsy for a whopping £13.99 pm, just goes to show you don’t always get what you pay for.
This blouse was actually going to be a PJ set, but then I decided I loved it so much I’d just go out in public in it. I realise some people may find it odd seeing a grown woman in unicorns but frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn! Making clothes that make me happy is why I do this sewing malarkey!
Sewing the blouse was fairly simple. It is from Tilly’s Love At First Stitch and I made it back in the spring (playing blog catchup!) so it was one of my earlier makes. I remember thinking it was a step up in terms of my sewing skills as it involved quite a few more details than the clothes I’d sewn before. The details such as the gathered yoke front and back, the collar and button holes were initially a bit intimidating, but as ever Tilly’s instructions were so clear and simple to follow that I breezed through.
I decided to keep the top sleeveless as I liked the 50’s style shape it has. If I was blessed with a flat tummy, I would be tempted to tie it at the waist a la 50’s pin up – but alas flat my tum definitely isn’t! I used binding to finish off the arm holes, although for some unfathomable reason I didn’t cut the binding on the bias. It didn’t actually make much difference as the cotton was fairly pliable anyway.
I had to replace the buttons as I didn’t realise the ones I initially put on were plastic with a pearl coating and it flaked off after a couple of washes and left me with some nasty plastic buttons. I didn’t mind too much as these ones are nicer actually.
In terms of fit, this was the trickiest bit. I made a size 8 (Tilly sizing) all over but it came up huge everywhere except my chest. Now having learnt a little more about fit, I think I need to size down 2 sizes and make a FBA. I think I might also need a sway back adjustment, there were pools of material at the back and the only way I could think to fix it was to put a couple of darts in at the back waist. It’s not ideal but luckily as the fabric is quite busy you can’t really see it and I think it gives quite a nice feminine shaping.
What do you think, is a sway back adjustment what I need? Until I started sewing I’d never really thought about my narrow, sloping shoulders, my sway back or my high waist! I’ll try not to get a complex! Any advice on fit gratefully received.
I’ll leave you with this…