I did it. I finally made a Laurel, and used bias tape. Woo!
I still hated every minute of using that bias tape, and had trouble with it, mind you. But, I did it, and I like the end result, so take that bias tape!
Anyway, I actually started making a Laurel dress about a week ago, got really angry with the bias tape, and shoved it in the UFO pile. Actually, that’s a lie. I don’t know where I put it. But, when I figure out where it is, it’s going in the UFO pile.
A couple of days later, I decided I really needed a top anyway, ranted about bias tape for a bit, and used all of my Laurel dress-making knowledge to make some changes. I’m pretty happy with the results! So springy!
Pattern: Colette Pattern’s Laurel, version 4.
Sizing: I cut a size 0 in the waist and shoulders, and graded to a size 2 in the bust and the sleeves.
Fabric: This is a beautiful Betsey Johnson cotton-silk blend. It’s really airy, light, and soft. Perfect as a transition from spring into summer. I used about 3/4 of a yard.
Instructions: Honestly, I didn’t really use them. If you are a complete beginner, then the instructions are definitely helpful and useful. If you know your way around constructing a top, then you may not use them either. I did use the instructions for attaching the bias tape, though. They were helpful enough, I just hate bias tape.
What I love most: The fabric! Look closely. That’s not just any floral print. Oh, no! There are creepy caterpillars, moths, and other buggy critters roaming around on those flowers. I also really love the vivid colors and the hand-drawn and painted look of the print.
What I would do differently next time: I still could have taken about a 1/2 inch from the torso. The bust borders on too tight. Next time, I may add another 1/4 inch to the bust. I don’t know if a FBA is even possible on such a simple silhouette, but maybe that’s the solution… Also, why is there a seam up the back of this shirt? It seems so unnecessary. I guess it’s to help save yardage, but it would be a much prettier back without it.
Pattern alterations: I shortened the darts by 1/2 inch.
Recommended? Maybe. This is a great pattern for beginners, and is great for making basics. But, if you’ve got a large chest, and don’t feel like tucking in your top, it kind of looks like a tent. If you like loose, flowy tops, go for it!
Final thoughts: I really like the way the bias tape came out on the sleeves. The neckline? Not so much. More on that later, dear readers.