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Summer sewing

The last thing I sewed before we moved was meant to fill the gaping hole in my wardrobe that is casual warm-weather gear. This is rather like attempting to deflect a hurricane with a small oscillating fan, but y’know. Sometimes you gotta try.

I made up a version of Burda 6794, which promised easy summer comfort. I’m not very good at casual these days—I don’t have much chance for it. I’m not even really sure what I like, which is unsettling.

Anyway. I made up a super-quick version out of the scraps from my grey Vogue 1312. To the best of my recollection, since this was about two months ago, I sewed up a straight size 38 (aside from a small swayback adjustment), and I was rather distressed with the results. It’s snug through the bust and just way too tight in the hips—and this is a garment that’s meant to be crisp and skimming. I’ve been wearing it, but only by not buttoning the bottom two buttons.

To be fair to Burda, this may have more to do with a certain drift in my own measurements rather than an issue with the pattern sizing.

Aside from the marginal fit, I didn’t make all the best choices in my construction. The button band would have benefited from interfacing. I opted to finish the upper edge with bias binding for a facing, which is not my best skill, and it would’ve been smarter all around to just line the entire bust section, since the striped fabric’s a trifle sheer.

On the other hand, I’ve still worn the snot out of it. Mainly because, as mentioned, my casual wardrobe is almost nonexistent. And it’s workable, just not quite right. But I think with a teeny bit of up-sizing, it’s a style I really like. Except of course summer is on its way out now so really I should be making some long-sleeved shirts instead.

In other news, the house is shaping up, but has been way more of a time suck than I expected. We refinished a floor, which may have been a mistake, but it’s done now, along with rather more painting than I had wanted to have happen.

And yes, it’s purple.

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