Small floral patterns, A-line knee length skirts, and buttons or zips over my stomach.
All things I generally avoid in garments for me.
I’ve learnt they are not usually flattering.
So what possessed me to combine all three of these elements into one garment?
Perhaps the fun of adding contrasting sleeve cuffs, button bands, undercollars and collar stands?
To further increase the nanna factor, the sleeves are elbow length, just like my daughters school uniform (last updated in the 40’s). Sensible shoes and a hat help with the nannification too.
Despite this, it has been a comfortable dress to wear all day at the Adelaide Zoo. We have Pandas, woohoo!
Pattern: Burdastyle 04-2011-106
36 to 44. I made a 42, grading out to a 44 at the hips.
The small floral is a cotton from Spotlight. This is a chain store also know as BAL (break a leg), due to the untidiness of some of its stores, and is often only useful for notions. Sounds like Joann’s in the States might be similar. I’ve been surprised by the betterquality of some of the fabrics recently. This one tempted me, successfully.
The stripe is a stretch cotton that has been in my stash for a very long time. I love these colours.
Changes I made:
I only added one breast pocket, didn’t add the epaulettes and didn’t make the waist darts on the outside.
I used a contrasting stripe fabric for the left button band, the inner yoke, the inner stand collar, the under collar and added a contrasting band to the top of the pocket and as ‘cuffs’ to the sleeves (as 10 cm facings to the bottom of the sleeve, then turned the sleeve up so half the facing showed).
I added two extra buttonholes to the front band (and only one extra button until I have time to get back to the Button Bar for the last one!).
I couldn’t decide on lime green or kelly green for the buttons. So I compromised. Kelly green buttons sewn on with lime green thread. Buttonholes and top stitching on the inner right front band in peacock blue on the top and lime green underneath.
I added 5 cm to the length (the usual for me).
I used self fabric as interfacing, as inspired by David Coffin. I really like the soft but firm finish this gives.
Would I make it again?
Probably not. Certainly not with elbow length sleeves nor in a small floral. This is a great shirt pattern though (model 105 is based on the same top, without the waist darts), and the fit is good for me. I’ll use the pattern again for regular shirts, just not shirt dresses!
What should I have used that small floral for (apart from little girls dresses)?
A simple shell top- Collette’s Sorbetto would be perfect. I might even have enough fabric leftover…