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Sam's First JJ

Added Oct 28, 2009

by smanf

London, United K...






Here’s my JJ…finished after the Desira because I gave up struggling with the armbands, of all things. I had to unpick them twice as they were cutting into my arms each time I tried them, then I realised my trying to make them exactly to my arm measurement was never going to work so I went back to the pattern size!
I have a largish bust (larger than I’d like) and prefer not to draw attention to its size so omitted the ruffles (…though I have some lovely brown silk I might try a ruffley version with, watchout for JJ no.2!)
Other alterations include pattern size adjustment, a flap at the front to hide the buttons, french seams (the first time I’ve tried them) and a long narrow belt – I wasn’t going to make a belt at all but after I’d finished and realised the waist was so huge, I didn’t fancy unpicking all those seams or adding a dart detail, so succombed to the belt.
I’m really happy with the finished thing, it’s got me hooked on Burdastyle and I’ve got a few more things on the go (an Ellinor variation – into the top I was looking for when I stumbled across the website – a Steffi variation, an Anda in the pipeline and possibly an Eva – when I figure out how to change the lapel to how I want it…).
I’ve neglected my sewing machine for about 15 years, never tried to fit anything to my measurements and never altered anything from the original pattern style at all – now I can’t be stopped!!

(I just have to figure out how to stop the pic spinning round when I upload it and perhaps pluck up the courage to ‘model’ the clothes instead of hanging them in my bathroom doorway!)

Material Notes

Stretch cotton




Garment Type

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    Nov 1, 2009, 05.35 PMby sewneenee

    Great top, love the color too!

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    Oct 29, 2009, 02.38 PMby kana

    Very pretty and neatly done! We would have loved to see you wearing it though :-)

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    Oct 29, 2009, 07.54 AMby galatina

    Looks good – well done for persevering after the Desira

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    Oct 28, 2009, 07.51 PMby dorawarren

    good job

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