I used dress J from the Sweet Dress Book to stashbust this lovely piece of silk chiffon brought back from South Africa as a gift from my friend S. This is a very simple pattern; well it was once I had sorted out how the sleeves worked :).
I think that were I to make it again I would pleat the bodice rather than gather it. I pulled the gelatine trick to make the fabric manageable, but I am hoping that the fabric will soften up as the gelatine washes out – experience is beginning to show me that this can take many laundry sessions!
I had a scant metre of fabric and have been desperate to make this up, and really wanted a kimono style top. A modification of Dress J was called for!
I’m actually not sure that this is the most flattering style on me, but it is exceedingly comfortable.
For some reason I didn’t get a back view of the top, but trust me – the back is identical to the front!
I had only a tiny little bit of fabric left over, which always makes me very happy.
Pattern: Sweet Dress Book, Dress J (slightly modified)
Fabric: Silk chiffon from South Africa
Pants: Vogue 8859