What a fantastic weekend it has been so far, and it's not over yet. It started out by winning Smoking Needles give-away! Thank you KMQ! I also finished all my client sewing Friday afternoon, leaving the weekend for Burda Style #118 4/2011 and a simple embroidered cotton voile skirt to go with it. I didn't use a pattern for the skirt except for borrowing the yoke front and back from Kwik Sew 3152. I had about 2.5 yards of fabric, bought on clearance from The Sewing Studio a couple of years ago. I constructed my yoke with an invisible zipper then attached the gathered skirt portion. The skirt took the longest time, because I decided to use the whole length of fabric. That was a lot of gathering, but worth it. The billowy skirt is perfect for windy days!
The hardest part about the Burda top was cutting it out, as I have already mentioned. I finished the neck by cutting out a neckband and attaching it. I don't think the pattern calls for that. I used my coverstitch machine for all the hemming. The top is so comfortable. First because it is made from bamboo jersey and second because it hugs your arms about 3/4 of the way up then completely cuts away from the body, under the arms, leaving plenty of room to maneuver. I am a sucker for super long sleeves too. I love this outfit so much, it was worthy of a trip to one of my favorite beach locations for a photo shoot!
A couple of notes about the top. The sleeves are very snug. I cut the size 36 and it worked fine with my bamboo jersey. You may want to add more room if your fabric doesn't have a lot of stretch. Also, it would have been better if I had finished the front and back neckline, before I stitched the shoulder seam together. I ended up with my neckband popping straight up right on the shoulder seams. It was an easy fix by stitching a little wedge (dart) in the neckband, but the problem could have been avoided had I finished my front and back first. And now I am off to a Teacher Appreciation Night at my church. I have a blast volunteering in AWANA, with the 3rd through 6th graders, on Wednesday nights. We are club #7743. Hope you all have enjoyed your weekend too!
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