A glimpse of ultraviolet shone out at me from my stash. Working as carefully as a Pantone Colour of the Year follower, I eased the top of the pile out of the way so as not to disrupt any folds, and the silky gem slithered easily out of its preordained hierarchy. As my magpie-like fingers shook the folded fabric open it shimmered in the sunlight and floated in full flight. It quivered to a rest on my worktable and revealed my dressmakers dream – there was enough!
Enough to make another summer work top just like the last one.
Well, similar. I swung the hem dart into the neckline and created gathers. Nothing too exciting – but I had to change something!
You might recognise the fabric (a Tory Burch silk/cotton from The Fabric Store in Auckland) from this post on planning pattern placement, and this post on my bell sleeve peacock print shift dress. Yes, I now have two items in this fabric and it’s pretty intense!
It is a gorgeous quality though, and is absolutely perfect for the invisible binding technique I blogged about last week. Wow, you guys liked that tutorial! And rightly so – it is an awesome sewing technique to have in your arsenal.
We have an Ultra Violet room in our house, so what better location could there be to take photos? (Actually it is Dulux ‘Elegant Lilac’, but close enough!)
I have to say these two tops have been a godsend at work so far because it has been a continuously hot humid summer. It was a welcome relief to visit the South Island last weekend – although it was still hot, it is not as humid there so I finally felt I could move and breathe!
We love to take off into the back blocks when we are down there. This time we drove up the eastern side of Lake Tekapo to the end of the road at Lilybank Station. Well the road continues, but you need to ford the Macaulay River!
Another day we explored the Ashburton Lakes region and Hakatere Conservation Park – a tussock grassland basin dotted with lakes and surrounded by mountains.
We drove through to Mt Sunday which is just before Erewhon Station on the edges of the Rangitata River.
For Lord of the Rings fans, this was the location of Edoras in the films – do you recognise it?
It’s a short climb to the top for incredible views of the Southern Alps and the headwaters of the Rangitata River.
It’s worth doing!