The boat top

I am taking part in Mel and Kat’s Burda sew along and even though I cut it out in April, I did complete this top at the beginning of May, so it still counts right?  As hinted at in my post about fabric a brac I made a boat top that I wore.

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I made up Burda 8664 in the boat fabric.  I know it has no boats on it, but my boy said it was boat fabric as it has blue circles and anchors.  He is obviously a boy who knows his nautical styles!  The only adjustments I made to the pattern was to lengthen the body a bit as even the longer view looked a little short and to make the ties longer.

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This top was simple to make and I now plan to make another in knit fabric.  I wore it all day and out that night and it was super comfy.  I felt like I was channelling Zoe wearing my nautical top and mustard cardi.

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We had great fun doing a photoshoot up at the old museum building – thanks to Nicola.

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Neck tie detail

And now a knitting pattern pose…

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Look over there!

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12/52. Fashion…turn to the left…

While sifting through the remnants bin at Fabric Warehouse I came across this bolt of fabric just before I reached the counter. On a whim I got 2.5 metres and then when I went to the SPCA op shop I found the perfect pattern to go with it – Butterick see & sew 3502.

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The fabric is a cream canvas with a bird and trees print. It is hard to describe so I think a picture does it justice better.

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Pretty birdies

I cut it out with a bunch of other projects a few weeks ago and when Kat had a free ticket to a Wellington Fashion Weekend Show I knew a new dress was in order. I sat down to sew at 10am last Saturday and at noon when I had to leave to taken my son to a birthday party I had a finished dress.

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By the big pink fashion week shoe

It could do with some tweaking at the top of the bust, but since I didn’t try it on till I had to leave I will either live with it or make the changes at some unknown future date.  I took 8cm off the length of the skirt based on the finished length on the back of the pattern aselow the knee does not really suit me.

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I love the shape of this dress, it has a high front bodice and a fun cross over black. The skirt is just two rectangles pleated which create a nice bell shape. As I was sewing the hem I realised I had forgotten pockets – they are not part of the pattern but this dress could easily accomodate them.

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I also trotted this out to work a few days later and because it is made up in a heavy canvas and I have the perfect cardi that matches I think I will be able to wear it a bit more as the weather turns cooler.

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I loved the Millicent show, her colours and styling were great especially dresses and pastel coloured skirts. 

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The robyn mathieson show also had some bold colours and nice dresses.  I loved a red coat but it is a bit beyond my price range. I tried taking some photos but my camera was a bit slow and I kept getting distracted by the next pretty thing coming out.

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Finally my best outake photo to date…

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