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Vogue 1357

This is Vogue 1357, which I got mostly for the top. Yesterday however, I managed to squeeze the skirt pattern pieces out of 1m red lace I bought at Goldhawk road. I didn't manage to fit in the waistband, and the center fold is I think not on the right grain, but overall I'm pretty pleased.

Given this is lace, I cut the waistband out of silk organza - I will add petersham ribbon to the inside and applique lace cutouts from the lace leftovers on the outside. This should make the "not enough fabric" not that visible.

I did everything, including the zipper and french seams down the left side of the skirt. Then, when I wanted to start sewing the right side, I realized I sewed the back of the skirt in backwards.

So today I spent my commute unpicking french seams:

At least it was sunny. The good news is that this gives me the opportunity of actually buying the right color zipper. My mom is flying in tomorrow for the weekend but I'm hoping to get back to the skirt on Sunday after she leaves.

About the pattern:
* no muslin, I cut a straight 12, which I hope will fit me
* skirt front looked like the picture
* I'm planning on just cutting around the lace for the hem finish
* I'll make the blouse in silk chiffon
* then I'll go back to sewing with something easier, like cotton

Number of projects sewn this year but not blogged about: at least 3.


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