Hot! The ‘In the Pink’ top

Hello All,

I’ve been a bit slack of late when it comes to posting. My sewing has been sort of meh lately and I am putting it solely down to the fact of Autumn in Victoria. It’s cold and grey and everyone is making nice and summery garments except me. (Major Sulk!) Anyroad, I’ve decided that I don’t care that it is cold outside. If I feel like making a bright and summery piece then I will do so and so with that decision made, I am now feeling in the pink again.

The Facts
⁃ Fabric: some sort of gauzy stuff
⁃ Pattern: Burda 108
⁃ Year: Burda Style April 2010
⁃ Notions: thread only.
⁃ Time to complete:
⁃ First worn: for these photos
⁃ Wear again? when the weather heats up or the heater is working overtime
⁃ Total price: pretty much a freebie.

This pattern is for a dress and I did indeed make the dress, complete with unnecessary zip a couple of years ago. But I never wore it and it never made it out of my sewing area as any time I put it on I would think hmmmmm, it’s not quite right.

I was working on a pink jacket which is coming along well but knew it would not be done in time and so I decided to grab this and get it done and off the Pile of Shame.

I started by unpicking the zip (a good job to do in front of the telly – Time Team) and sewed up the back seam. I then put it on to make sure that it still fitted me and worked out roughly where I wanted to make the cut. I made the most jaggedy-edged cut but it tidied up nicely with a rolled hem. This was done without the dubious help of my rolled-hem foot. I have yet to work out how to use it effectively and boy you should see the hem on the last shirt I tried it on.

After trying it on and prancing in front of the mirror for a bit, I set up my new tripod (having busted the old one stupidly) and tried to find a good spot for a photo or two. Outside is not an option in a short-sleeved, light top, so it’s more plain walls in my house, but here is a window shot that shows the drapes on the shirt fairly well even though the photo is a bit dark.

I’m getting a bit more keen on the next few weeks worth of challenges and have made final decisions on patterns and the fabric (most unlike me). It’s nice to be back in the swing of things.



Jen Brown just plain-old likes making stuff. If it's usable and wearable when complete, so much the better. A new technique or a chance to see how something worked is where the challenge lies.


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  1. Great job, Jen! It’s always nice to get something off the UFO pile.

    • You said it! My UFO pile sometimes seems to grow at a rapid rate and it’s lovely to see it reduce for a change

  2. Jen.. Love your remake.. Looks great on you.. I bet it is hard doing the challenges, when you are in a different season..Yuck… however always
    end up making pretty things to share with us.thankyou..

    • Cheers Judy – sometimes in the cold weather we get a rare lovely sunny day and that always encourages me a little more.

  3. Great to see you back! Look forward to seeing what you do. Mine are coming along at the rate of one every 2 or 3 weeks at the moment … I think last year took its toll!

    • I didn’t manage as many as you did last year – your output was impressive. I think it is nice to be a little kinder to myself this year and not stress so much about it all.

  4. Yes, I’ve missed you here as well. Nice to see you back in the swing of things. Sorry it’s so cold there. Where is Victoria anyway? Great remake, I think the material is lovely and fits you well.

    • Thank you Barbara :-) It’s nice to have been missed. This particular Victoria is the state in Australia – it’s getting colder by the minute at present.

  5. Glad you’re back, great top, still loving Time Team x (I am going slower this year too)

    • Cheers Charlotte – I’ve been keeping an eye out on your beautiful dresses. Slow and steady is they way for me to go this year I reckon.