The fabric was part of four yards from Woodin that I split with my friend Frances when she came to visit in Benin (West Africa). Then the garment was sewed up in Benin (West Africa). The photoshoot finally happened months later when I visited Frances in her London home (UK). And now the photos are finally being edited and written about in good old Texas (USA)! But the garment is at the moment still in Paris… (France). Whew – all to be explained below!
Here’s the fabric sticker that I wasn’t very successful in peeling off. Fabric in WA tends to always have a giant sticker on it to prove it’s authenticity. But the fake brands do it too. So in the end it’s just a huge headache since these stickers almost always leave a residue, even with an iron.
A few notes about Amy Butler patterns. If you google them lots of people complain about how the yardage estimates are completely off. That’s okay. However what got to me were the small notches. They were too tiny and I missed them often, resulting in me having to go back and remark my pieces. As for the instructions… they are wordy! They’re too long, I think, even for a beginner, and too annoying for a more intermediate sewer as who wants to read and decipher paragraphs when a sentence will do. I’m happy I tried this pattern but I don’t think it’s my style.
But I forgot to take into account the two facings – the neckline facing completely blocks the openings of the buttonholes, thus rendering them rather useless. So I just cut out a hole… in any case (not pictured) they can’t be seen because I sewed everything shut.
Am I trying to play basketball? Not sure what I’m doing… but woah, check out the tan line from Benin on my feet! Also the skirt is a bit of a sneak preview, as it is also from the infamous Susan and Miss Lulu package… it just never ends does it? So many things were made from what they sent to me.
To be honest this top was too tight for me. I am sucking in a lot for these photos – I can barely move and it isn’t comfortable at all. So this was a photo shoot only outfit because once the camera was gone I changed into a top that was not so constrictive.
Hooray! The top has a happy home – in Paris with my friend Izaskun. She’s Spanish but says that all the gray and black outfits in Paris are a bit depressing so she makes an effort to wear more colors. Glad I could help. Or rather, she helped me by lightening my load and helping me avoid resizing this top.
Fabric: Woodin Ambition