Well, aside from clothes for Sally and the liquorice allsorts top there's been no sewing for me. I am working on a wedding dress that's due early September and am at a standstill until the next fitting tomorrow evening so today I started work on New Look 6968 for me.
I'm working on view D, collar and sleeves included. Having seen Kirsty's version and reading how well she found it went together I though I should give this pattern a chance too. So far I have cut and fitted the tissue and am really pleased with the fit. It will be made up in some cotton "tweed look" fabric I purchased from Fabricland a few weeks ago.
I cut a size 12 top, graded out to a 14 at the waist. The sleeves are cut to a 14 and the skirt section is a 14 graded to a 16 at the thighs to assist with fit over my pear shape. I also had to take the back in approx 1.5cms from the neck to the waist. I used the size 14 bust dart and lowered the top of the waist dart by approx 1.5cms to accommodate fit around my bust. So far it looks to be a super fit and shape (plus I've lost approx 9lbs over the last 6 weeks so clothes and patterns are fitting again - the lumps and bumps around my tummy, hips and thighs are smoothing out!)
Photos of alterations and fabric to follow, I was in a rush today.
I'm reviewing my wardrobe (again) for Autumn as I have just been offered a PA role for a great company based in Swindon. It's a 3 month contract initially with a view to permanent. At the moment I have a lot of joggers, flip flops and summer skirts in the wardrobe - not suitable for the office environment. I did have to buy a suit for my interviews as I just wasn't organised enough to make one in time. But the offer has given me a reason to sew the clothes I love, smart and fitted so Betty will be busy over the next couple of weeks!
More to follow on the dress over the week.