I have to admit that I’m rather a fan of Boden clothes. The catalogue that drops through my letter box gets thoroughly read and tagged with random corners turned down. My online shopping basket gets filled and emptied most weeks during my lunch hour as I plan my fictional wardrobe to be worn in a fictional place where you don’t have to prepare for 5 types of weather in one day.
It’s all very good practice for the day I get my email announcing a 30 or 40% sale when I finally give in to the items I really ‘need’.
I have more than one (four!!!!) of the Boden ‘ravello’ tops bought over the past 3 years and all still going strong. I wear them for work, especially for meetings when I need ‘to keep my cool’, under a jacket.
But look, it’s such a simple top. And it remarkably resembles this burdastyle pleated blouse.
It is not the first time I have made this top. I had a go at this one way back in my early sewing days but it was far too big around the neck and truly gave everyone an eye-full as I lent over the table at work.
Also the material was really cheap. As I wore it the static built up and it clung to me rather unattractively!
But I was determined not to buy another Ravello in this season’s sale so committed to another go.
I took out my previously traced pattern and saw that I had cut out for a 38” bust and then taken it in dramatically down the sides – hence the gaping neck!!
This time I went for a straight 36”and took my time using this floral poly received as part of me Stitching Santa swap at Christmas! Thanks Hannah!
I took ages making sure the facing was going to lay flat; another fault in my previous top.
So careful was I that I failed to see I had stitched the right side to the wrong side!
But all’s well that ends well.
I think I’ve almost cracked this one.
I’m just wondering whether to take it in some down the sides. However I do like to feel unrestricted if I’m wearing it all day at work. It looks best tucked in and will be perfect under my navy jacket…….Or maybe with my white summer jeans?
BTW, I’ve just cut out another 😉
Love, Lucie xx