The upside from buying just across the Tasman is the exchange rate and reasonable postage. The downside from buying not local is having to wait a week for the pattern to arrive. In anticipation of its arrival, I visited The Fabric Store and purchased some black and 'beige' gingham style silk. It was on sale. It comes in a bigger check, but I thought I might look like a tablecloth wearing that big of a check. I sometimes wonder about that when I wear my navy checked top already!
Silk was maybe a little bit ambitious for a mere medium skilled sewer. It frays like mad and I found it challenging to do the tiny bottom hem.
However, in saying that it was a pretty straightforward sew. I handsewed down the inside of the neck binding because I dislike fiddly machine sewing.
My favourite part, after the bias neck binding, is the little bit of gathering under the back yoke.
When I make my next one, I am going to lengthen it. I like the length of the back, but the front is maybe 5 cm shorter which I feel is too short for me.
I have spent too much of today doing school work, so I am now returning to sewing the flowers onto my Garden Party WIP.