One slightly annoying thing though is that the red carbon paper I used to trace the pattern pieces can be seen through the lining, and the red thread I used for the basting has also left a slightly pink trace in places. Hopefully this will all wear off eventually though.
I used grosgrain ribbon to act as a zipper guard - it works so well, and looks really lovely I think and I've done my first lapped zipper! I looks great.
Because this top finishes at the waist, you need wear high waisted skirts / trousers with it so you can't see the bottom edge of the bustier. So I figured whilst I was in the zone sewing wise, I'd whip up a 3/4 circe skirt to go with it as well, because, you know, why not? A circle skirt is actually listed as an alternative to the sarong skirt of the bombshell dress in the online course materials. I had the red cotton in my stash and figured it would go brilliantly with the blue polka dots on the bustier top. The top also goes brilliantly with my smooth sailing shorts, which I'm also planning on taking on holiday with me so I I'm well on my way to having a nice capsule wardrobe to take away with me!
The skirt isn't quite finished either. It still needs a hem, but I've decided to finish this off with some horsehair braid, so until this arrives I can't actually finish the skirt off properly. I finished the waistband off with a couple of hook and eye closures and a cute anchor button I had in my stash. I really love how it's turned out.
This 3/4 style circle skirt is much more flattering on me than a full circle skirt as it doesn't emphasise my hips quite as much. I definitely think I'll make another version of this skirt - maybe in a wool fabric for the winter or something.
I was planning on getting started on my Cambie dress today, but I realised when I came to cut out the fabric, that I hadn't actually pre-washed it, so I shoved it in the machine to wash and will get started on the dress tomorrow instead.
What's everyone else been up to this weekend?