A second foray into the V1247, after the first which left me defeated but curious for more. This time, I wised up and listened to the advice which called for a drapey fabric. I found viscose, a fabric I love the feel of but which I rarely come across on blogs, or in fabric shops for that matter.
Alterations: I added an inch of fabric everywhere around the neckline but the centre back. This has given me a bit more coverage, though I'd still like more so as to avoid the inevitable showing of bra straps (for gory details Click Here)
Likes A perfect casual top for a summer's day. The drape of the fabric feels very flattering.
Dislikes The same French Seams that create the flawless inside were responsible for so much frustration. 3 reasons why I won't be using French Seams the next time I make this top:
1 The fabric frays too much for the first seam allowance to be trimmed too closely. When the final seam is sewn, the seam allowance often gets caught in the stitching and the result looks anything but professional!
2 The centre front where the six pattern pieces meet is very difficult to line up perfectly.
3 The French Seams in the segments of the front create an edge with lots of bulk to get over when hemming. I've since read the recommendation that the hem is done by hand. Patience advisable!
Overall Hard to execute with perfection! I think I'll get a lot of wear out of this, but have a feeling that there are tell-tale signs of it being home made and I hate it when that happens.
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