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  • A bit late on this Ava.

    Life has been so busy this past month, but in the absolute best of ways. I started my new job at Moo, spent a week in the London headquarters, got to meet so many awesome new friends, and I'm still working on some fun personal projects!

    This top was finished a couple weeks ago, I knew I wanted to bring it on my trip. The fabric is a beautiful silk blend that I picked up in the beginning of the summer with plans to make culottes before realizing I didn't actually buy enough fabric. What a happy accident, the drape is perfect for this peplum top. It holds it's shape enough without being too full. 

    This was my first time sewing with stretch mesh, and as much as I would love to say it was the last, I purchased about 4 yards in a variety of colors and I do love the final product. It was absolutely the most tedious sewing I've done to date. It's basically sewing fabric that is entirely made of holes.

    This was my first time with this fancy zipper installation as well, I think it looks the most professional. I don't know what it's officially called, not a lapped, not an invisible, but it's nicely hidden and reminds me most of high quality store bought clothing.

    The pattern is the Victory Ava and I already have plans to make the dress version. I graded from a 4 down to a 6 at the waist, and when I remake I will just cut a straight up 4. I will also go with my gut feeling and staystich. I didn't on this version and definitely had some stretching issues. I put the zipper in, tried it on, and ended up taking in both side seems around an inch, which inevitably meant ripping out a perfect zipper and doing it all over again.

    I'm only 5'1 and very short-wasted, so I imagine if you are of average height and long waisted you may want to lengthen the top bodice portion so that it doesn't start looking like an empire waist.

    jeans :: madewell, very old  |  shoes :: Jessica Simpson  |  bracelets and watch, both Kate Spade