I made french darts! And belle shaped sleeves (if you call them belle rather than bell it makes them french too.)
I drafted this off my main top block and re-positioned the legs of the dart to the waist rather than under the arm. My totally-non-left-brain really rebelled, but I kept sketching and playing until I got it working the way I wanted. (Shout out to Emily Ann of Retro Glam for the encouragement to give this a try!)
I also flared the sleeves into a bell shape – just free hand, and it worked.
This fabric is second hand fabric from my local op-shop, a cotton stretch of some type. It grew like nobody’s business as I sewed so this fitted top turned itself into an effortless, unfitted top with less of a boat neck and more of a scoop as it went. C’est bon, french tops will do what french tops will do n’cest pas?
For my birthday, husband had some clothing tags made for me (what a guy). This top is the first of my subsequent makes to sport a custom label!
While I know I have more work to do in the perfection of french darts, I happily wore my new top out on a lunch date with one of my besties. It went well with the mushroom & blue cheese risotto cakes and two glasses of rosé ❤
- Sound of Music pants – hand made from old curtains
- Sandals – second hand
- Pounamu earrings – a leaving gift from an old job
- Gold chain necklace – an gift my mother was given, not her style so paid forward to me
- Bracelet – my grandmother’s
- Pentti Sarpaneva (Finland) Ring- my mother’s when she was a teenager, bought for her by my grandpa
- Watch – was my mother’s