Brussels is currently in the middle of a heatwave and I have worked with Icelandic people for too long and can no longer deal with hot weather. If this was Brighton, I would be sitting in the sea, probably with an angry seagull on my head, pecking in my hair hunting for snacks. Sadly there are no bodies of water which I would feel safe diving into in Brussels. This is a city which decided to cover over its river after turning it into an open air sewer. Les Belges sont fous.
During the last heatwave (last month), I came up with the idea of making myself a nice cool Sorbetto from a sari I had hanging around. I spent one boiling hot day cursing over the ironing board and sewing machine; a method which yielded surprisingly good results approximately eight hours later. Success!
Liking this top doesn’t come easily to me. The shape isn’t the best on me, so I have to balance the boxiness with some skinny jeans to avoid looking like a massive rectangle of unhappiness. I have an extremely long body, and this is a really short top, so I have to wear a vest underneath, and then that shows at the back so it looks a lot better with the cardie over it. I also think that, due to the shortness, the bust darts are a little high. I doubt you can see them over the general creasing on display in the pictures.
However, I am pleased with my handiwork on it. I had to be pretty accurate first time as it’s a really delicate fabric (silk, I think), and didn’t really react well to unpicking, or ironing, or anything, really. I made my own bias binding, also from silk, which was a bit of a mistake probably as, well, let’s just say that it didn’t enjoy the ironing process. The only Laura-based problems (excluding genetics and fabric choice) are with the binding, which came untucked at the back a little when sewing – it’s only visible inside though, so sssh! I won’t tell if you don’t!!
I’m pleased that I’ve managed to find a way to make this work in an outfit, rather than just shoving it into the back of the wardrobe and sulking about it. It’s first outing was a day in the office followed by a late night casual party. It even received a compliment from a colleague – turns out she sews as well!
Apologies for the crap quality pictures. Ben’s a great photographer, but he lacks enthusiasm when it comes to taking pictures of my outfit on a phone when we’re already late!