I finished the camisole top I started at the end of my dressmaking course, the idea for this was that it was a practice for making the dress from this pattern and hopefully a wearable garment as well. I trimmed it with some vintage royal blue ric-rac that I brought from e-bay and I was very pleased with the vintage feel this gave to the top. Sadly when I washed it the colour ran out of the ric-rac and ruined the top, I now know to look for colour fast on any vintage trims that I buy in the future and also to give them a little wash test before I sew them on.
I am glad that I made this as a practice as I made a number of errors. Firstly I cut out a size 20 as my bust size fell between an 18 and a 20 so I went for the larger size, when I make the dress I will cut it at size 18, I took at least a couple of inches out of the bodice while making it up but there are fitting issues and I had to bodge a little dart under the arm to try and bring in the top band and stop it gaping at the side. I didn't follow the pattern at the beginning as I left my instructions at home and should have paid more attention as I feel the ill-fit could be due to me not having picked up on something early on.
On a more positive note I was pleased with the way the zip went in but I was a bit mean with the seam allowance so it was very slightly exposed when it was on and I am happy to report that I did not suffer with zip fear, I did have this page of my blog open to refer to and that was a great help. It was my first go at making straps and I was happy with the way the came together, it was certainly a wearable garment.
I was lucky to get plenty of time to sew in the last couple of weeks but I don't feel that I put it to best use, I spent far too much time pinning on the next pieces and standing in front of my bedroom mirror to see how it looked. I need to stop second guessing and just follow the instructions given and to just get on with it.
My next sewing project is going to be the same pattern but as a dress, this time I am going to take heed of all the markings on the pattern to avoid any underarm bodges, there will be less time spent in front of the mirror and more time in front of my sewing machine!
What are you sewing at the moment? are you making anything for your holidays? Have you got any horrors stories of trims that have ruined your finished garments?