OK, so this top was not made in honour of Friday’s wedding, but the extra bank holiday gave me lots of time to sew. I did tune into the BBC from about 10am, and ended up watching all the way to the balcony kiss while eating leftover Easter eggs in my PJs. Yay! I wasn’t overly bothered about the wedding beforehand, but now I’m strangely hooked. I was straight out at 9am on Saturday to get a souvenir newspaper, which I later found Mr B folding in half:
Me: What are you doing with that?!!
Mr B: What, with the newspaper?
Me: Yes, with my souvenir edition royal wedding newspaper!!
Mr B: Aren’t they always folded?
Me: NOT LIKE THAT, THEY’RE NOT!
After that I ordered some commemorative stamps off of eBay. Oh dear. On the plus side, feeling very British and spring-like naturally led on to… making a lemon meringue pudding. Of course, you say, how completely logical. It looks a bit squished, but that is one lush lump of meringue, lemon curd and whipped cream. Nom nom nom.
Back to the sewing.: I was looking for some red/white/blue fabric for the Sew Weekly UK Meetup and rediscovered this cute hearts fabric, which has been sitting around in my stash for a couple of years at least. So then I wanted a pattern with minimum seams/darts so that the print wouldn’t get distorted, and ended up buying my very first vintage pattern! I must admit, I’d never understood the appeal of vintage patterns – there seemed to be lots more work involved than the modern ones – but when this Butterick 8477 arrived, I got it. Just the smell of the paper got my historical senses buzzing. Sadly, I can’t find a year anywhere… I’m guessing it might have been printed on the torn off part of the flap?
I used view D, modified the neckline, bias-bound the edges, and wore it to the pub. And then decided it looked a bit unfinished… undid all the bias-binding and added little cap sleeves. Much better.
I’m so relieved I got the sides to match up – check it out! Yes, there is a side seam between those two red hearts!
PS I just came across this great Spring Top Sewalong from Made by Rae – what a fab idea!