Yesterday when I did my Me-Made May wrap-up, I noticed that I tend to wear a full-skirted printed dress with a cardigan nearly every day. Not that it's bad to have a certain silhouette you favor, or anything like that. I just don't want to get into a rut. I woke up this morning and decided to do something about that!
I made a Sewaholic Alma with the piece of ivory eyelet from February's Magical Estate Sale. I underlined it with some ivory mystery fabric from Bethesda thrift store. I've made a couple Alma's before (one good and one very bad) so I made a couple changes. I added about 2 inches of length to the hem, did bias tape instead of the facings, and significantly lowered the neckline. The original neckline was kind of choking me, and I didn't want to have to draft new facings, so: bias tape. As always, it worked wonderfully. I am thinking I will probably never do another facing again.
This one went together pretty easily. I would say it took 4 hours total. I didn't have a lot of the fabric, so laying out the pieces was really fiddly. The sleeves are not on-grain, but it totally doesn't matter. The only mistake I made was with the lapped zipper. It laps the wrong way. I don't understand why sometimes it is the right way and sometimes it is the wrong way, when I swear I do it the same every time. Hmm.
It's not very nice out today (it's sunny, but cold as shit. I thought I saw a snow flurry this morning.) but I'm wearing it anyway. It's May, I'm wearing what I want, weather be damned.
I lowered the back neckline a couple inches, too. This is SO easy to do with bias tape. You just pin it where you want your new neckline, sew it in place, and trim the excess.
I always look the same in photos, so I tried to smize. I still look the same. Sorry, dudes.
So, Mike always takes my photos for me, and when I was uploading them, I noticed this one. Ha! It was too funny not to share. Thanks, hon. I'm SURE he was just trying to show you how sweet my hand-sewn hem is.
So there you go, one quick top that is a little bit different than what I normally wear!