We were laughing because we'd had a couple of funny outtakes before we got this picture!
I love Alicia's skirt so much, and I'm not the only one - when we were in the yarn shop, a girl actually came up to her and asked her how she made it! So flattering.
I ended up making the Lisette Portfolio top, and I must say, I'm kind of in love with it! Much more than I was expecting to be. I had hoped to make the tunic length, but the fabric wasn't wide enough to make the print work, so I had to go with the top. I was worried that it would be too cropped, but with a narrow hem, I think it came out just right. I wore it with my red Clover pants, but I also like it with jeans.
I made this over 2 days right before Niecey-poo came, and took a bunch of great in-progress shots. But somehow, they all got lost in the demise of my old computer. I tried to take a few shots of the blouse itself yesterday morning, but it was very cloudy so they're not great.
I spent a long time on this top, and was very careful with all my details. Consequently, I think it's one of the best things I've ever made. I finished all the seams except the center back by serging both layers together. But I'm most proud of my stitch-in-the-ditch around the neck. That's a technique I find really difficult, so I did it very slowly, sometimes even hand-cranking at the curves, and got a result I'm very pleased with. I decided to go with a machine-stitched hem because my thread was a good match, and I didn't think it would detract from the overall look.
|finished seam and hem|
This fabric was so nice to work with. It's very lightweight - I'd call it a lawn. The label just said cotton, but Alicia thinks there might be a little silk in it, and I agree with her. It has a very nice drape that's almost floaty, and it doesn't press as crisply as a cotton would. I love it so much, when I found three more remnants of it at another location of Vogue, I bought them!
For details on Alicia's skirt, head on over to Iron-On Maiden!