I've been sewing my little heart out lately, although you'd never know it from the few things I've produced. I'm a little out of practice it seems, and I've had to unpick an unholy number of stitches. However, the first successful finished garment of the year is one I am very happy with.

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The pattern, Plus Size Printed Tunic from Burda (which I have made twice before), is nothing to write home about. In fact, I think the pattern as drafted, with oodles of ease, long full sleeves, and a round neck with a centre front slit opening, would make me look like a granny in her nightdress. This would be ok if I was a granny and it was a nightdress, but I'm a few years out on that one. I lopped off the sleeves, changed the neckline to a low V, and added darts at the back neck and at the front from the sleeve. I also inserted some rather fetching ruching at lowest point of the neckline after the above picture was taken.

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I am trying to play a bit with this year's spring/summer trends in my sewing (while keeping my personal style in mind) so I opted for both a nautical look (with bonus stripes!) and some colour blocking. Isn't the bodice fabric precious? Altogether, I absolutely love this top. The fit is really good, especially with the ruching, and the cut and pleats allow the skirt portion to skim over my unruly midsection with ease. Pardon my expression in the outfit photo, I was running late and all the pictures Jake took showcase variations on my "I know I asked you to do this but please hurry the fuck up" face.

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I feel a bit like a nautical version of Wonder Woman in this top. Needless to say, that is awesome. Do you think Nautical Wonder Woman captains an invisible boat? Man I sure hope so.

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