Before and after shots of the great clean up!  Eeek!

A marathon pressing, prepping and cutting session later, and I have 7 tops cut out ready to sew, mostly for my SWAP collection.

The Avid Seamstress ‘Drop Sleeve Top’ in ivory cotton [with maybe some linen, I can’t recall] twill, very soft, very drapey, reminiscent of a nice old tablecloth in its texture.  I love wearing the leafy viscose version of this I made in the summer, it’s a lovely simple make.

Vogue 2813 Donna Karan shirt.  I’ve used a black cotton poplin for the body, and the Alexander Henry Japanese tattoo print for the sleeves and under collar.  This should be interesting.  It’s a lovely pattern, with hidden buttons and fold back cuffs.  I decided against the FBA after looking at finished measurements on the pattern pieces, and just graded out at the waist to allow room for my fat... [read more]