June 20, 2010
You may not recognize this as our Venice pattern. A very simple change was made to create this pink Swiss voile and white linen version of Venice.
We cut the Venice top off at the "lining" point on the pattern then added rectangles of fabric for the front and back skirt pieces. For this size 4 we we cut the voile about 9" x 2 times the width of the front and back yokes. The linen was cut slightly shorter.
Stitch the side seams of the Venice yoke and the side seams of your skirt pieces. We wanted to keep the voile overlay out of the way of the back button area so it was trimmed and narrowly hemmed at the back edge. Finish skirt edges of the Venice top with narrow hems. Gather the skirt and attach to bodice matching center front and side seams.
Then just complete the top according to the instructions. Ruched piping was used as an accent. Love the uneven, bunchy look of it.
To construct the flowers cut 5 bias strips of voile 1" wide by 6" long and 5 bias strips of voile 3/4" wide by 6" long.
Beginning with one 1" strip stitch, by hand, the short edges together to form a ring. Stitch a running stitch along one long edge and pull up to form flower. Stitch together in the center. Repeat with 3/4" wide strip. Lay smaller flower on top of larger flower and hand stitch together in center. Attach 3 pink pearls to center of flower. Repeat for the other 4 flowers. Stitch to Venice top.
In the next few days we'll post the white linen capris that will complete the look.