This is the top from the Vogue 1247 Rachel Comey pattern that includes the skirt pattern that I made the burnt orange linen skirt from and thought that some navy chiffon with off white spots that was in the stash would work well with.
My very good friend Sandra (Dilliander on Pattern Review) had already made up this top twice and had taken a lot of excess fabric out of the pattern, and seeing we are similar in size (definitely not height) I borrowed her adjustments and made them to my pattern as follows:
- Square shoulder adjustment
- Shortened front horizontal dart by 1.5cm
- Reduced the circumference by 3cm
- Added some gentle shaping to the side seams.
- Raised the front neckline by 1cm taking it back to the original neckline by the shoulder seam.
- and then my standard 1cm gaposis in the front neckline.
I then proceeded to suffer paralysis on cutting the fabric and remembered that Lena Merrin from The Sewing Space had posted on Pattern Review and also on her blog a tip about using Gelatin to tame the chiffon and luckily there was some in the pantry.
Once the fabric air dried it was like silk organza and was much nicer to handle.
I also remembered seeing a very detailed review by JenleeC on Pattern Review and followed her tips on stay stitching the various pieces to stop them from stretching out.
French seams are used throughout and one of my sewing buddies also suggested that I topstitch them down as she knew that they would annoy me otherwise.
Now for the finished top
I’ve still got 3.5 metres of this chiffon fabric left and last Saturday at The Remnant Warehouse I saw a very cute peplum top in very similar fabric, now that could be interesting!