I’m turning into a bit of a sucker when it comes to Sew-alongs!
Here’s my Pavlova Wrap Top and Pavlova Circle Skirt all completed
I think it’s turned out great and really suits and flatters my curves.
Getting ready to sew
Before I started this sewing project I laid out everything I was going to need to sew both my Pavlova Skirt and Pavlova Top so there would be no hold ups and I could put my hands on everything I needed as soon as I needed it at every stage of the project. This was a great little tip from StephC during the Pavlova Sew-along.
Nothing like a great Pavlova topping and this top sure does do it for me!
First off let me tell you why I chose to make my Pavlova top in plain black jersey fabric and not something colourful and pretty. The main reason being I was in desperate need for basic plain black top as I didn’t have one that I had sewn. I only had RTW (Ready to Wear) tops and my goal is to sew ALL my own clothes and have a wardrobe full of garments I’ve made. Plus I knew a plain black basic top would go with so many skirts that I’ve already made this year alone including my Lily Skirt, my High Waisted Pencil Skirt, my Simplicity 2058 skirt, my pencil skirt, and my New Look 6609 skirt, as now my new Pavlova skirt.
Here’s a pic of me trying on my Pavlova top as soon as I had finished sewing it and wearing my New Look 6609 Skirt and yes most days I tend to wear things I’ve made. I’m slowly replacing my wardrobe and loving it too.
I’ll admit at first I wasn’t sure if I liked my Pavlova top
Thankfully I worked out why I didn’t like my Pavlova top initially. It was a combination of not being use to wearing a short top that finished and hugged me at my waist as I usually tend to wear longer tops and I also wasn’t wearing the top correctly. Thankfully when I shared this picture in our Sew-along Flickr group StephC let me know I was meant to tuck in the back section which is a muffin top coverup piece.
When I shared how I felt about my top on Twitter I got a lot of positive feedback on how my top looked and my good friend Catja @Gjeometry shared this wonderful quote
“It’s not how you feel, it’s how you look, dahrling!!! -Billy Crystal”
Once I tried the top back on again and tied it up tighter and tucked in the back section I suddenly felt great wearing it. It’s funny how the little things can make such a big difference.
Now on to my Pavlova skirt
The print fabric was a lovely surprise gift I received from my hubby’s Nanna (Shirley) a few weeks ago along with a whole lot of others that were added to my stash
A close up of the pocket
I was so tempted not to put the pocket on the outside and just add a pocket in the side seam. I’m so glad now that I didn’t as I think it turned out great and also blends in beautifully and I’ll definitely be using it as it’s the perfect size.
The pocket is in just the right place to slip my hand in and out nice and easily….
Here’s how she looks on the inside
With the hem I used Babylock Evolution serger to finish off the seam and slightly gathered the stitches to see if it would make it easier to finish the hem without any ripples and it worked!
I couldn’t help myself but do the full spin thing…. it’s what we all do when we wear a circle skirt isn’t it?
….and here I am in full motion and having so much fun doing it too.
Do circle skirts make you want to do this as well or is it just me?
Does my butt look big in this?
That’s what I was asking my hubby when he took this pic for me LOL. And of course he said “It looks great”… he’s probably not game to say anything else.
Anyway I think this whole Pavlova outfit looks pretty good including my butt in this skirt and the top certainly compliments my waist and is quite flattering for a fuller figure.