Broderie anglaise upcycled {Dressmaking}

Friday, 5 July 2013

I am very excited about this new top. As soon as I saw Mathilde's simple et blanc I knew I had to make one ... somehow.. Finding the right underskirt to upcycle was probably the hardest part of this project. I watched many items on Ebay pass by - not enough broderie anglaise, dodgy cream/yellowy colour, polyester fabric... Until I found the right one. 

Then I had to find a pattern. It is loosely based on the Nuisette featured in Intemporels pour futures mamans (as in a sewing book for pregnant women - as I mentioned it is loosely based). I loved the simplicity of the front and the curved back. I made a muslin (seen on my facebook page) - and off we were. 




And I am really (really really) pleased with the result, can you tell? It is a very simple top except for the bottom border. It is long enough to cover my hips and it has a slight A-line shape that is flattering. I will be able to wear it with jeans, shorts or maybe skinny trousers (yeah as if that ever happens). I used a 70/10 sewing machine needle as the fabric is lightweight (more on how to choose your needle here)

The original underskirt


Here are my five tips if you are going to buy a second-hand underskirt:

- the price: they seem to be quite popular on Ebay (especially the cotton one) - so beware. It is a very easy top that does not require a lot of fabric, so I would compare the price of a broderie anglaise border and see how much you are willing to spend accordingly. 

- seams and side seams: you cannot really see it, but at the back the broderie anglaise seam is not flush with the side seams (that is how I got the underskirt). If you can ask the seller where the seams are, you may be able to have a better finish. 

- fabric: there are a lot of polyester underskirts out there, it will not be the same finish - just make sure you know what you are buying.

- stains: there was a little one on the underskirt that I managed to remove with some vanish - again beware, these may have been stored in a cupboard for a while

- broderie anglaise: there are some beautiful designs out there, wait for the right underskirt, it will come, and it gives you time to assess how much they go for. 




I am sure this top will appear in many Saturday mixing handmade and highstreet posts - and by the end of the summer you will be sick of it! 

15 comments:

  1. It's gorgeous, but then, anything featuring broderie anglaise ticks all the boxes for me!

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  2. Absolutely stunning!! Such a gorgeous top! You'll get a lot of wear out of it this week if the weather forecast is right :)

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  3. It's so pretty - you've done a lovely job!
    If the weather stays warm you'll get so much wear out of it. I just love that it was up-cycled :)

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  4. So delicate and perfect for summer

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  5. Great idea and so pretty! It’s the kind of top I’d wear

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  6. This is a beautiful make. You've chosen a lovely underskirt. It drives me mad on ebay that when you search for "cotton" you get all the results for "polyester cotton" as well. I wish they would make a search option to let us exclude words.

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  7. That is a clean, crisp, and perfect top for summer.

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  8. What a gorgeous, summery camisole, just perfect :)

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  9. Love this so much! Seriously--I want to borrow it (permananently) from you...be glad you live across the pond! ;)

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