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MBM - Tessuti Bondi dress

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It’s been a long, hot summer here. When I started on this dress a few weeks ago, I had my doubts that I’d be wearing it much, if at all, before next summer. I needn’t have worried. The days are shorter, but still pretty hot, so there has been scope to wear a dress like Tessuti Bondi. This is the description of the Bondi from the Tessuti website: this sleeveless dress features a high neckline, cut away armholes, bust darts, side pockets, centre front/back seam and back yoke with neck opening. The gently flared hem is finished with a facing and an optional fringe edging. This perfect summer style comes with two length options (longer length A and shorter length B). I chose to make the longer length, and include the fringe edging. My first concern in making this was whether those cut away armholes would be bra friendly. I compared the draft to an earlier make, Tessuti Kate, which seemed to me to feature a pretty similar armhole. By my reckoning they were almost identical, so no alteratio…

MBM - B6296 Butterick pyjamas

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Following on from my last post, this is another make with fabric purchased in Vietnam – this time Lisette for Butterick B6296 pyjamas in cotton poplin bought in the Hoi An fabric market.

First observation – this is the first time I have sewn a Butterick pattern. That’s a little surprising after 10 years sewing I suppose. I have a few Buttericks in the stash, mostly Lisette patterns. I have a mind to sew from the stash as much as possible this year, both fabric and pattern, so perhaps some more of those Buttericks will finally get a run. Here’s how it is described: Butterick B6296 Misses Top Shorts And Pants Lisette: Very loose-fitting top has collar, forward shoulder seams, pockets, and stitched hems. B: Pocket bands. Straight-leg shorts and pants (below waist) have elasticized waistband, side-front pockets, and yoke back. Sleeves A, B and hems C,D:Bands. Purchased piping. I sewed a 16 for the top and 18 for the pants, which was suggested by my measurements and flat pattern measureme…