I had originally wanted to make the Orla top in a green crepe which my Mum bought me as a remnant from Sew Over It, but alas, there was only enough for the bodice. I had some dark grey cotton lawn with tiny bow-tie design from Maud's Fabric Finds which I had earmarked for another Bettine. Keen to get sewing, I decided to use it for this instead. I was unsure whether to include the snowdrop collar - I wasn't sure if it would look right, or if I had the skills to sew it well (and sewn badly, it would make the whole thing look truly awful). I cut the pattern pieces for it anyway, thinking that I didn't need to make an immediate decision. I did debate making the collar in plain black cotton lawn to make it really stand out, but I thought this might look too much, and would be even harder to get right.
The Orla top was definitely a step-up for me skill-wise, and I enjoyed the challenge. The instructions weren't as detailed as for other Tilly patterns, but I guess that this is aimed at a more experienced sewer (I'm always nervous of putting myself in this category when I see how good others are!). Apart from one session when I was suffering from sleep deprivation (teething baby) and I sewed everything together wrong and had to unpick it, I managed to sew even the tricky bits well first time. The collar was difficult, but I purposely took my time and decided to include it in the end. I did find that I had to take it in on the upper body and the sleeves. I've never used a facing on a hemline before, and I really like the effect. I decided to apply fusible webbing to the hemline facing to keen the clean lines without any visible stitching.
The finished result:
On reflection, I wish I had gone for the contrast collar as I feel like you can hardly see it here. I would also make it with short sleeves next time. Overall, I am pleased with the final result and I will be wearing it to my work event, but I don't think it will become a wardrobe staple in the same way my trusted Mathildes are.
Before I sign off, I would like to share a very proud moment from last week. Thomas asked me if I could teach him to make his own clothes when he gets bigger. Of course I can lovely boy xx