Stylish Dress Book 2: D (uhm, sort of)

Red topRed topI think I got the winter blues. I haven’t made a single thing since New Year! My sewing room was too cold, and then I just couldn’t get myself to start a thing. Being uncreative made me restless. Has any of you experience the same thing? Or maybe I was just getting lazier T.T

This top was supposed to be an instant gratification to coax me back into making stuff. The fabric was from a local store that I just found not far from my house. There were various fabrics, buttons and trimmings, and non-sewing knick-knacks like cups and saucers in there. Everything was old and a bit dusty, the owners were a pair of old couple, and the other customer there was an old lady. I love this little store.

The red fabric that I bought there is a bit transparent with faint brown stripes pattern. I’m not quite sure about the material, it felt like cotton with polyester mix in it.

I use pattern D from ‘Stylish Dress Book’ 2 as a base pattern for the top. I shortened the length, added a chest pocket and played a bit with cutting the pattern for the front part.

Now, this is how pattern D looked in the Stylish Dress Book 2, big and roomy. And actually that was how my top look before I washed it. It has shrunken now and looks like an oversized T-shirt. Note to self: wash the fabric BEFORE cutting it.

Fortunately, I still like it. It’s the kind of thing that I might wear often, although not in this winter time. And I enjoyed sewing it, so hopefully I will make more things after this. Be patient, my sewing machine, Mama is warming you up.
Red top

Red top Red top

Sardine necklaceSee that sardine necklace? I got it from sacaclaques’ etsy store. She makes various insects and shrimps brooch and charms from stuffed leather. As a matter of fact, I just took a look again in the shop and saw this Ladybird spider brooch. Want! My sardine was actually a brooch too, but then I sewed a loop in its mouth and added a white chain. Now it’s my new favourite necklace! \(^.^)/

Pattern is D from Stylish Dress Book 3.

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  • I couldn’t resist the fish, so I bought it! Love the colour of this top and the ones you’ve made today are so nice!

    • verypurpleperson

      Welcome to the club, Helen! \(^^)/
      I bet you will make pretty things out of the book. Can’t wait!

  • Tesia

    I like this top! Make one for me please !

  • I really love this top you’ve made. The fabric is great and the cut is very flattering on you.

  • Kae

    HI! Just discovered your blog a month ago & only leaving a comment now. LOVE your creations. You have a good sense of style & I’m jealous!
    & I just read your honest scraps post. You looks so pretty…esp during your wedding! & I’ve come to the conclusion that the unplanned babies are the happiest 😉 I can relate to that! hehe
    Anyway, I look forward to more posts from you!
    .-= Kae´s last blog ..This past week =-.

  • Hello! Just wanted to say I’ve recently discovered your blog and I instantly became a fan!
    I love your nice and elegant photos of your creations.
    And regarding the winter blues… I do understand you completely! This cold and grey Winter time makes me think of hibernating.
    And I really have to make an extra effort to sit in front of the sewing machine to put into practice the ideas that my head keeps generating.
    The good thing is that Winter won’t last forever so keep up the good work!

  • I love the colour of the fabric you chose, very beautifully vibrant. But i think even more than the top, your photos are beautiful.
    .-= Celeste´s last blog ..It’s a lazy sunday afternoon. =-.

  • Kaith

    I love the fabric! If you hadn’t told me the dress shrunk, I wouldn’t have guessed it did. How big was it before you washed it? LOLS! That happened to me once when I was making a skirt out of thick denim and I didn’t prewash it. It was supposed to be knee length now it’s a mini! I can’t wait for your next blog post!
    .-= Kaith´s last blog ..I’m scared of dolls! =-.

  • Tanya

    Sorry to hear you have had a creative lapse as well. I haven’t touched my sewing machine for the same reasons and have been knitting instead. I love the top and the adjustments you made — you look great in it! I have the same book and have yet to make anything from it. (Lazy lazy lazy me.) Can’t wait to see what you sew up next!

  • This is my favorite pattern out of that book, but I think It looks best shortened. And with that fabric, Beautiful!!… That color has been my favorite since the new year began!! Good Luck warming up your sewing room! I can’t wait to se more

  • Looks great!
    I made a top from the same book before but it was too baggy for my taste. I prefer the more fitted version:)
    .-= twcrafts´s last blog ..Cowl-neck Top =-.

    • verypurpleperson

      I was envisioning a baggy tunic top to wear with fitted leggings, but I ended up with this shrunken top and oversized leggings (^.^;)

  • it has a nice shape. you look gorgeous as always. i always look forward to seeing your new dresses and the way you style them.

    • verypurpleperson

      Thank you Ursula!
      I’m just glad that this top is at least wearable ^.^