Tuesday, 9 July 2013
Sometimes I find it difficult to buy a pattern that looks really basic. I find myself drawn to the complicated dresses of say Vogue (like this one). But a couple of megan neilsens later, I will definitely be purchasing more basics. I ummed and ahhed about the Briar pattern for a while, but when Megan anounced the Briar sewalong in February, (yeah I know it's July) I was convinced to purchase. While I haven't worn a midriff since the early '90s (usually a neon surf brand) the hi lo hemline appealed to me because I thought it looked like a good nursing top to layer over other tops. Actually, I thought the hi hem at the front might look cool over a pregnant belly. It didn't.
My stash is devoid of any knits, so I was required to purchase fabric for this and I chose a bamboo spandex blend, which feels lovely. Unfortunately, I was a little slow on the fabric purchasing and couldn't keep up with Megan's sewalong, but it is a quick one to make it was pretty easy to flick through her posts. I did learn a few tricks from her blog though, particularly the curved little pocket, hemmimg by ironing up first (I never used to do that) and her way of binding the neckband so the stitching is hidden. Ahh the neckband. I realised after I overlocked the neckband in that I did it on the wrong bloody side! Sigh. I considered just leaving it but as the bound neckline allows wider fabric width it just looked wrong. So, what could have been a quick make ended up including about 30 minutes or more of unpicking 4 threads of overlocking. The pain! But as per usual, it is always worth fixing a mistake you know will annoy you everytime you put it on.
Megan Nielsen Briar
Fabric: grey bamboo spandex from SewCo Mt Gravatt. $39/m ouch.