Added Feb 10, 2010
London, United K...
Have been working on and off this for ages, finally finished it! Have wanted a smock shirt/dress since summer, so modified a dress pattern (Burda 7739) by drafting a button up shirt bit for the top (the pattern’s shirt style doesn’t actually open, it’s a pretend shirt!), and some top stitched yoke bits for the back and front. It was too loose across the back when I finished so used some left over bias binding to make a tie up for the back.
It’s great for “uh-oh, where did this muffin top come from?” days.
I followed Redoubt’s brilliant Bias Binding how-to for the neck finishing and tie-ups. It’s great to be able to make long bias strips out of a small part of fabric instead of wasting loads by cutting long strips straight across the diagonal, but oh my days, it is quite the faff. I’m quite proud of it but I almost went cross-eyed in the process!
£1 a meter from Ridley Road Market, bargain! Not Dalston Mill (they are actually quite expensive in there), but a Mediterranean looking guy about halfway up on the left, he always has some serious gems in his huge pound-a-meter pile out front, definitely worth a visit for those who love a bargain.
Bright colors and cute animals decorate these dresses and shorts.
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