Tuesday, 26 February 2013
So I set about hunting down a pattern that would do something similar. I knew I had the perfect (if rather unexciting) fabric, but was looking for a paneled style that would make the construction a key feature of the piece.
Eventually I found the ideal piece in an old Burda magazine. All of the shaping and definition was in the construction lines, and there was a peplum back which seemed timeless but has since become highly fashionable!
I over-locked all the pieces in a contrasting thread, then used the same thread to stitch piece onto piece. Simple!
The only difficulty came from the sleeves. Stitching a long narrow tube down the middle proved to be impossible on a sewing machine, so I had to replicate the stitches by hand. It was a bit of a fiddly job, but it worked okay, and nobody spots the difference.
I get lots of compliments when I wear this.