This post is brought to you by DD and New Look 6558 and DKNY Vogue 1349 (again!)
A couple of months ago we went fabric buying together. DD bought several lovely pieces of silk from The Fabric Store and I bought some lovely fabrics from Tessuti, which I'll make up soon. Anyway,
I made her this little top from New Look 6558. She wanted a sleeveless v neck top and this was in my pattern stash. I enjoy it when things turn out this well. I mean look at that face!
New Look 6558 has been around for a long time and is still available. It includes a top, a jacket, a little camisole, long skirt and wide flowing pants. The sleeveless top is supposed to be lined but DD did not want lining so I bound the edges with self bias tape. I put in a side zip as instructed and added the little bow. The neckline is just right for a deep v that does not show too much but if I had not bound it and used the full seam allowances it would have been too deep and the straps quite a bit narrower. The under bust seam sits a bit high, I used some of the seam allowance to make the centre of the bust curves sit a bit lower. The top is also very short. I had already added 3cm to the pieces but ended up using a doubled over bias strip to add a touch of length.
I did a sway back adjustment but because DD needed all the ease I could give her at the hips it rides up a tiny bit - in spite of all my pre-measuring of the flat pattern and of DD who said 'It's good for a wearable muslin Mum!' The cheek...
Her next piece of material was a nice beefy digital printed silk crepe and the pattern she requested was - you guessed it - V1349. That pattern keeps returning like a rash :) She wanted it short and 60's retro but in modern fabric. She got it!
Ready to party
I've done lots of things with this pattern but I have a feeling this is what it is supposed to look like. To quote DD "What makes the dress work is showing some leg Mum'. She may be right. Edited to add that on a figure that more or less follows the patterns dimensions the dress does hang loose and was taken in 1cm at the waist of the back princess seams.
Four sleeps till Christmas!