I must be a really boring shopping companion for most of my friends now. I do try to keep the intense look off my face when examining the finishes on RTW items, or comparing the cost of the materials and labour time to the retail price, but I just can’t stop myself murmuring “I reckon I could make something like that…”
So I spotted this top in Monsoon…
…basically a Pendrell, right? With slightly different frills, and a pleated neckline…?
I finished my version just in time to catch the train to Loughborough for a lovely weekend with my brother and sister-in-law. (Roisin – we tried to go to the Orange Tree for cocktails on Saturday but it was packed!) So we went home and played with the cats.
I’m mostly happy with how the make turned out. I didn’t quite manage the Monsoon front frills, as I think they’d need to be re-drafted with more of a curve – I just put little pleats in instead of ruffles.
Bu-ut I’m pretty disappointed with the fabric. It’s some sort of polyestery stuff which was hideous to sew with, but which I therefore hoped wouldn’t need ironing after washing it…. but no. It wrinkles as well as taunting me from the sewing machine. Plus it’s thin, but not floaty – so I’m chilly, but it hangs weirdly. Have you had any success with this sort of fabric? Or do I need to splash out a bit more on what I buy?