A few weeks a ago I picked up a pillowcase at Ikea, because I liked the embroidery on it. I thought it would be ideal to make a simple top/dress for Amber. I've seen so many examples of it already that I thought it wouldn't be a problem to make one too.
I tried to come up with the easiest way to go about it, but it was a bit of a dead-end street. And I didn't want to just cut the fabric for fear of ruining it. In the end I decided on using a pattern. This one:
(The same Ottobre again... this one's really worth its money!)
I changed it a bit. I lengthened the body and decided not to sew a skirt on it. I didn't have enough fabric for that anyway. In fact, I didn't have enough fabric for the top alone either, because it was supposed to be completely lined. I have no white cotton in my stash (for some reasons I can never find white cotton anywhere, I've been looking for years!)... what to do? I decided to use another pillowcase. Not an old, spare one, but the good stuff that we actually use. Oh well, all for a good cause!
Things went well until the situation above. Somehow I forgot to sew the side-seams together... hello seam ripper!
What I find most difficult about sewing clothes is determining which step is coming first. I sew two things together and then I find out that I should have sewed something else first. Definitely not a forte of mine, although it gets easier to more I practice (isn't that the case with everything you do?).
Nevertheless, I got it done! I used the pleads from the pillowcase to make the hem... isn't that clever of me?! And I think the top turned out very lovely and romantic. I hope it will fit Amber and that she will like it.
But now onto the best bit...
The back! Aaah, ribbon love! It reminds me a little of an easter egg, but a really lovely, pretty one! I don't know whether it will be very practical to wear, but for once I think that's of secondary importance. Sometimes something merely has to be esthetically pleasing.
So what was supposed to be a simple top took me almost a whole day to make, but it was well worth it, I think! And if Amber doesn't like it then I will just hang it on the wall and stare at the pretty ribbon!