Yep, another Alma! I got this fabric a few weeks ago planning to make a top with it, but without a pattern in mind, and an Alma with buttons at the back suggested itself to me.
The fabric is Liberty Classic Tana Lawn, the pattern is called Mauverina Lilac. I got it from Shauket and Company, and it was £13 per metre. Although, with the postage, it worked out at just over £17 per metre; which I admit isn't exactly cheap, but it is lovely. I ordered 1.75 metres, but got about 10cms more than that.
|I used bias tape for the facing, and around the arms.|
I'm really pleased with how the back button placket turned out. I was going to do a how-to about it in this post, but I think I'll put it in a separate post instead because there are lots of photos and scribbled notes to wade through. This is more for a reference for myself, but if it's handy for somebody else, that's great! (ETA - How-To is done, and here is a link).
I made the collar in two halves to add a curve to the back.
I'm proud of how I managed to match the print on the collar with the print on the front, I could have done the same for the back, but somehow I didn't think of that until just now!
When I made my second Alma, I had to re-draft the collar because I had to lower the neckline. I made a one piece collar using the instructions on pages 104-107 of Gertie's New Book For Better Sewing, but I realised that the print wouldn't line up on the front and back of this collar, so I made each side with two pieces.
My buttons are from The Spinning Wheel in Belfast. They were 50p each, and having become accustomed to the more modest prices in Sew N Sew (about 15p a button), it was a bit of a shock! But they go really well with the fabric, and they are lovely.
I had intended to make the short-sleeve version of Alma instead of the capped sleeves, but I had so much trouble trying to fit it. I've also made a start on my Colette Patterns Hawthorn dress, but have stalled on the sleeves there too because my toile was too tight at the underarms. After a bit of googling, and reading Fit For Real People, I think my problem is that the seam at the top of the shoulder is too far in towards my neck (the bit where the top of the sleeve attaches to the shoulder of the bodice), and I think I may need to raise the bottom of the armscye a bit. If anybody has any tips on this, they would be much appreciated.