Technicolour dream top and sewing themes for 2016
A Tessuti gift voucher from my lovely Mum for my birthday in September meant this colourful silk was mine, all mine! What to sew? Well I of course turned to my TNT Aeolian Tee Dress Pattern and it didn’t disappoint.
As drafted, the Aeolian has a large hem allowance. For this version, I lengthened the top by 7cm by reducing that amount from the hem allowance.
A longer line top gives me a chance to explore two new styling strategies… namely, tucking and belt wearing! How did I go?
Although, sewn in December, and photographed on New Year’s Eve just as the sun was setting, this top fits very nicely into two of my sewing themes for 2016.
Theme One: Sew the silk stash. My confidence with sewing silk is on the rise, so it seems fitting to add some more silk garments to my wardrobe as there is nothing quite like wearing this natural fibre. Perhaps a little mini-theme could be ‘the summer of silk tops’. I am also assuming that it is easier caring for multiple silk items in the laundry rather than have one item that sits in the hand wash pile looking at you for weeks and weeks and weeks…
Theme Two: Embrace the waist. This is a body image challenge that will be a test for me. Proportionally, I’ve always had a thicker waist for my frame and have spent many years hiding it. It’s not the end of the sack dress, and I’m not sure I’ll head into classic fit and flare, but I’m hoping to find some middle ground. Pattern recommendations welcome.
Theme Three: Sew bottom halves… shorts, pants or skirts. I hoping 2016 is the year I’m up for tackling this fitting challenge. I’m expecting that classes and/or help from experts will be involved.
Pattern: Pattern Fantastique’s Aeolian Tee Shirt Dress (top length)
Fabric: Italian silk from Tessuti
Alterations: Sewn in a woven rather than a knit. Reduced the hem allowance by 7cm for a longer line top.
Accessories: Belt from Anna Thomas and shoes from Habbot
Photo Location: Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne