Dress or top? B5562 view D

I’m so pleased this top has recently been reviewed by Shannon, Lori, Sharon and Amanda. All of their reviews were very helpful, so this is my last fabric stash contest entry on PR review.


This grey version is a toile. I used the medium size and the fabric is a medium weight poly/wool/spandex blend knit. It has two-way stretch and I inserted elastic in the seam casing on the shoulder wrap piece. I found the fit needed lots of slivering off, so the next version is a small. The sleeves were too wide as Shannon found so I’ve taken out three inches out of the wrist width to the elbow.

The grey fabric was bought from Pitt Trading in San Souci early last year, in the hope of making into something last winter. It’s now coming to the states with me today, in my hand luggage.

The second version is still view D but a dress and is the small size. The shoulder wrap piece is still the same length but I’ve placed the gathers above the bust point.
The fabric was bought from knitwit early last year and I’m actually stoked that I’ve now ploughed through each piece I bought at the time.
So now my sewing machine is taking a break while I fabric shop next week.
Cheers and bubbles everyone.

Maggy London b5418

This dress took a bit of time to pull together. There was no way I was going to attempt b5418 in one night. With the amount of gathers in the bodice, I would have had the quick un pick as my third hand. I’ve tried to style this dress with blue and black shoes.

Below are the front pleats. The vertical pleats fold over the side horizontal pleats. 
Below are the back neckline pleats.
The pic below shows how this dress would be great for someone who’s pregnant. There’s lots of room at the front. To overcome this volume, experiment and extend the front vertical gathers. With our humid days, I’m sticking with this version for the time being.

The fabric is from Knitwit and has two-way stretch. The other great thing with this dress is it has a ‘foundation piece’ under the bodice to give some support. The straps have pleating and should be wider on my shoulders, like the picture but they didn’t work out that way.
When you wear the short version with flat heels, it’s a basic beach dress so this style is adaptable, depending on the wearer/occassion.
The only adjustment was the hem length, so really this is a toile.