|See how I colour-coordinated my dress to our chickens?|
I have actually made this pattern before when I first started sewing with stretch fabrics, in a drapey purple cotton knit and it was hideous. The neckline and armholes were gaping and too low, the racer back was too narrow - hello bra straps!- and it clung to every lump and bump. Blergh. So the pattern was abandoned for a year or so.
Last week I visited a friend to whom I'd promised a homemade garment as a birthday present. She wanted a racer back top , in stripes, so I pulled out the Mission Maxi pattern, grabbed a size 20 maxi skirt in a drapey viscose knit that I picked up in the op shop to test the pattern for her, and we had a little sewing session.
Her top version turned out so nicely that it's definitely a wearable muslin - look how great she looks! The op-shopped skirt actually gave us plenty of fabric to work with (there would have been more if I hadn't stuffed up with the cutting) and we even almost managed to match up the stripes, pretty good considering we were using a regular machine, had no real idea whether they were on grain or not and the knit was pretty slippery.
|Bit wrinkly at the back but possibly because I find it impossible to stand in a normal way when posing for photos|
I think I'll get a lot of wear out of this dress. It's perfect now for the slightly cooler days were are having, and I can see it working well layered up with a jacket or jumper over the top for when it gets colder. Confession: In may have worn it two days in a row... that's got to be a good sign.
Very Purple Person
Cut Cut Sew
Pattern: Jamie Christina Mission Maxi (Used before = free)
Maxi fabric 1.5 m of black duble knit from Brunswick fabrics ($6)
Top fabric: recyled maxi skirt from Savers = $4
Total: $10 for both and an extra win for a bit of upcycling!