Here are some pictures of me sporting the finished black and white floral Heidi at a wedding on Saturday. Great company, great food, great booze and a more than great band made for a good time all round and I really enjoyed the whole day. I’d forgotten how much I loooove champagne.
You’ll see from the pictures that the top is rather roomy. The neckline gapes despite me taking a bit out of the centre, the arm scyes are huge (I made sure to wear my best white bra underneath incase it was visible!) and the back is pretty baggy. If I make another Heidi I’ll probably cut a 38 for the top and 40 for the bottom. The size 40 skirt fits well but I felt the original front pleats were a bit puny and would get lost under the belt so I slashed and spread the pattern piece to give slightly wider pleats although the change is hardly noticeable. I wasn’t sure if the skirt pleats were meant to point towards the centre or towards the sides. Looking at lots of other people’s versions of the Heidi dress it seems they can go either way and I decided to keep mine towards the centre, mirroring the bodice pleats.
I’m fairly sure that taking in the shoulder seam by ½-1 inch would fix most of the bodice fitting issues but would mean unpicking the lining and I had neither the time nor inclination to do that before wearing it on Saturday. I’m such a lazy seamstress. I want instant gratification from my sewing projects and when they don’t turn out exactly as I envisaged on the first attempt they’re often cast aside in a fit of rage and disappointment. I had intended to post a few construction and detailed photos for this project but once caught up in the whirlwind of garment creation I completely forgot. Whoops, sorry.
As for the rest of the outfit, the cropped jacket and belt were bought some time ago (maybe last year or even the year before) and the shoes are from Clarks. Heels and my feet don’t often go well together so I was delighted to see these lovelies in Clarks which have a slight platform sole with gel inserts to improve comfort. I managed to wear them all day with hardly any aches or pains so they get a big thumbs up.
The weather forecast is good for this weekend so I might dig through my cupboards and see if there is any champagne lurking in there so I can sit outside in the sunshine and sip away at the bubbles – mmmmmmmm, delicious.