25 April 2010

Oolong!


I made my Oolong! I have been sitting on this Colette pattern (not literally, mind) for ages because I was scared of it. I was pretty sure I'd screw it up. Given the circumstances, I figured I might as well go all out and have a go at it. When you've been hit with the C word it seems a bit silly to be afraid of cutting into fabric and I needed distraction!
I chose a blue and white striped cotton and no lining. Lining can bugger off, I don't like lining things. Cutting this was hard. You're not really supposed to use a geometric print for this as it's cut on the bias but me and my scissors decided we could wing it, why make it easy when I can complicate things?
The bodice section was too long for me, which is weird, given how tall I am, but it may be an issue of not enough boobage. Nevermind, I shortened it, and kind of changed the bust line, added some folds instead of puckering, and while I was at it I decided to change the sleeves as well and just added some bias tape around the arm holes. And I added some red piping I found in a vintage shop (I advise against vintage notions - it's scratchy as all hell!). Et voila! So it looks nothing like Oolong but I think it's pretty cute! 

4 comments:

Tania said...

Damn right its cute! And for someone coming over all scaredy about a pattern, my goodness have you SEIZED THE DAY when it comes to the changes. Give me folds over puckers any old day...

Gina said...

Your abilities in this dressmaking area are very enviable T. You look stunning.

katiecrackernuts said...

Ah, shame about the vintage bias binding. It sounded like a good idea. And I can never get the shortening of a bodice right, so all power to you - looks like you've done a bonza job.

Leonie Guld said...

Yeah. It looks fantastic. Would the bias soften after a wash maybe? good luck