OK, so I got too carried away with those White Russians and decided I wanted to do a couple of slight modifications. I wanted a hood. I wanted it to be longer. I didn’t want a hem band. I wanted it to flare out more. You get the picture.
Everything was simple except for the hood. I added 3 inches to the length and dipped it a bit at the back, did a little in and out shaping of the bodice and then drafted a hood. Actually I ripped off a hood from a Lutterloh pattern. I wanted one of those drapey ’70s sorts of hoods. What I got was a cross between Little Red Riding Hood and Jack the Ripper. It was awful. No photos, I don’t want to soil your eyes and upset small children.
I took the hood off, and used some bias cut fabric at the neck. I did this because I am having the dickens of a time getting that neck trim to sit flat. As it was I took the bias off twice, reducing it in length each time and judging by the photos I think I have cracked it.
Apart from all that, I am ok with this top, but am reminded why I use patterns and don’t try to do my own thing. I am the same with recipes when I do occasionally cook – I can’t vary a single thing or I have a disaster on my hands.
The fabric is a lovely organic cotton sweatshirt fleece in Poinsettia Red from Fabric.com. This fabric has drape and is cosily warm. Perfect for a trip to Hobart, Tasmania, which is where I am currently. Brace yourselves, dear readers, I am going to take you on a whistlestop tour of Hobart whilst showcasing some of my latest makes. You will notice that they are pretty much all of the fleecy variety and that is because it is usually freezing cold in Hobart irrespective of the season. Here I am at Runnymede a beautiful home that is now in the hands of the Tasmanian National Trust. Not only is the house gorgeous, but the grounds are stunning.