I've had a rubbish day but at least I could wear the first garment I have completed since I moved back to the UK. It's another Pauline Alice Carme, because I enjoy wearing the first one so much. I finished it yesterday and though I really didn't feel like it I also sewed the buttons on immediately rather than leaving them for ages like usual. I don't have a proper photography set up yet, so here is a crummy camera phone photo taken in my bedroom mirror.
Really love this fabric, even though it turned out to be entirely too see through to wear without a t-shirt underneath! You can't really tell from this photo, but it's a lovely 100% cotton with a floral print and embroidery. It's a little outside of my usual taste, but I love it for summer with the linen trousers I am wearing (not hand made, sadly, from Next) I got it from a favourite UK fabric eBay vendor I haven't been able to buy from while I was living in Ireland -- it is 2m of the 4m I bought as soon as I got back as a present to myself for surviving the move. I'll make up the other 2m this week if I feel well enough.
I made a couple of extra changes to the pattern: 4cm on the sleeves (STILL not enough, apparently I have monkey arms), 2cm width to the cuffs and a little rounded back alteration. There's also still some sort of alteration needed that will give me some extra width right across my shoulder blades, though heaven knows what that needs to be. Other than that though, the second try with this pattern was very easy and successful. I just overlocked my seams again, though, and I think it would probably have benefited from some skinny french seams given how see through it is.
I definitely think I will make another Carme. I went to London a couple of weeks ago and wore my black one and my friend B suggested making a plain white version that would look sort of tuxedo shirt-ish. Since then I've been obsessed with the idea of making one in white silk crepe de chine. Only, er, maybe not right now, since that's a bit of a fabric challenge with those pin tucks for my current state of health/sanity.