|Vogue 2850 by Anna Sui|
One day I spied this gorgeous blue georgette in a sale at Spotlight. It was the most fabulous colour and of course, being georgette, the ideal drape for the project.
When I first started cutting out the pattern tissue they seemed to be the most improbable shapes, with big curving swoops and spirals. I decided that I should just trust in all the Vogue patterns that I've made previously and not worry about the physics.
Let me say, you need patience in spades to make this top. Every piece has to be cut on a single layer of very delicate slippery fabric, making a lot of pieces.
Then there's the hemming. The cover photo shows a satin overlock stitch on the chiffon, but I chose to narrow hem every single piece that required it - and it was worth every single minute for the finish I managed to achieve.
Secondly, the empire waist. Throughout the planning stage, I had to fight the urge to lower the waist to be in a natural position - and I'm so glad I did! The silhouette as intended is incredibly flattering, and a delight to wear.
I'm happy wearing it with jeans or dressier garments.
I would highly recommend making this top, and unusually for me, I plan to make it again!