Tuesday, May 7, 2013

A Creepy Bug Laurel

I did it.  I finally made a Laurel, and used bias tape. Woo!

I still hated every minute of using that bias tape, and had trouble with it, mind you.  But, I did it, and I like the end result, so take that bias tape!

Anyway, I actually started making a Laurel dress about a week ago, got really angry with the bias tape, and shoved it in the UFO pile.  Actually, that's a lie.  I don't know where I put it.  But, when I figure out where it is, it's going in the UFO pile.

A couple of days later, I decided I really needed a top anyway, ranted about bias tape for a bit, and used all of my Laurel dress-making knowledge to make some changes.  I'm pretty happy with the results! So springy!



Pattern: Colette Pattern's Laurel, version 4.

Sizing:  I cut a size 0 in the waist and shoulders, and graded to a size 2 in the bust and the sleeves.


Fabric:  This is a beautiful Betsey Johnson cotton-silk blend.  It's really airy, light, and soft.  Perfect as a transition from spring into summer.  I used about 3/4 of a yard.

Instructions:  Honestly, I didn't really use them.   If you are a complete beginner, then the instructions are definitely helpful and useful.  If you know your way around constructing a top, then you may not use them either.  I did use the instructions for attaching the bias tape, though.  They were helpful enough, I just hate bias tape.


What I love most:  The fabric!  Look closely.   That's not just any floral print.  Oh, no!  There are creepy caterpillars, moths, and other buggy critters roaming around on those flowers.  I also really love the vivid colors and the hand-drawn and painted look of the print.


What I would do differently next time:  I still could have taken about a 1/2 inch from the torso.  The bust borders on too tight.  Next time, I may add another 1/4 inch to the bust.  I don't know if a FBA is even possible on such a simple silhouette, but maybe that's the solution...  Also, why is there a seam up the back of this shirt? It seems so unnecessary.  I guess it's to help save yardage, but it would be a much prettier back without it.


Pattern alterations: I shortened the darts by 1/2 inch.

Recommended?  Maybe.  This is a great pattern for beginners, and is great for making basics.  But, if you've got a large chest, and don't feel like tucking in your top, it kind of looks like a tent.  If you like loose, flowy tops, go for it!

Final thoughts:  I really like the way the bias tape came out on the sleeves.  The neckline? Not so much.  More on that later, dear readers.


Happy Spring!!!

16 comments:

  1. Love your Laurel! That fabric is amazing and looks awesome with the colour blocking skirt :)

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  2. Thanks! I figured the best thing for a bright shirt is a bright skirt!

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  3. Thank you so much! The shoes don't last too long, but they match the flowers too well to leave them out!

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  4. Ha, I almost bought that fabric last week but held off at the last minute! It looks great!! Especially the bias tape!

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  5. Love the whole look! That fabric is really great.

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  6. It's really soft and nice! Do it!

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  7. LOVE this top! The fabric is really amazing. And I love the skirt you matched it with! Super jealous :)

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  8. Thanks! It's from j-crew about a year ago--but it's really just a basic a-line skirt that I'm sure you could make!

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  9. Oh I love this top. It looks fantastic. The bias tape on the sleeves really is great.

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  10. Super cute outfit!!! I love the top ... skirt ... shoes .... well all of it! :) I'm totally with you on the bias tape thing - do you use prepackaged or make your own? I've always used prepackaged and I wonder if that is the source of my problems... oh well!

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  11. Thanks! As much as I don't like working with the bias tape, I love the way it looks!

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  12. Thanks! I've tried both. The prepackaged kind seems to be folded much nicer than my own attempts (even with the clover gadget), but sometimes it just seems too stiff--especially with lightweight fabrics.

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  13. Thank you! I hand-sewed the tape on, which was very time consuming, but I'm glad someone else thinks it was worth it too :)

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  14. The top is so cute! What a fun print on the fabric. I love all of the colors in your outfit! Happy Spring to you, too! :)

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  15. Thanks! I'm a pretty big fan of colors (in case you can't tell)

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