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A Modern Merlin?!

I started on this Lisette Portfolio top back in September when I was eager to try out my new dress-makers scissors (which are awesome by the way!)

I was using a very thin cord as I wanted a top that would be perfect for winter wear – I like my layers! – and went for contrasting pockets which, okay no-one else is going to see but me, but it’s a bit of fun!

Sewing the Lisette Portfolio tunic dress, a pattern review and some modifications by fabricandflowers

The Lisette Portfolio pattern is quite straightforward to follow, and I loved how the pockets come together!

The main issue that I had was with fitting the yoke to the top – the central section was too big by nearly 5/8″ on each side! After doing lots of double checks of all my seams and re-reading the instructions a few times I resorted to the blogosphere. It turned out that quite a few people had experienced this issue so I chopped off the excess and carried on as normal.

I also made a minor adjustment to the instructions for the button loops – the cord was just too thick to turn inside out so I folded it up like bias binding and then top-stitched. Some small black buttons for the neck-fastening and my top was finally done. Ta-da!

Sewing the Lisette Portfolio tunic dress, a pattern review and some modifications by fabricandflowers

I have to confess that it’s a little snugger than I thought it would be. The ease on the pattern envelope suggested that I would be swimming in it and I took quite a while deliberating which size to actually go for (I went for a size 10 in the end). I suspect this is mostly due to using a cord fabric which is a little bit ‘sticky’ and quite thick.

I did spend quite a lot of time cutting out the excess fabric, and even modified the sleeve construction so as to reduce the amount of thickness that was there, but it doesn’t seem to have made a huge amount of difference!

Sewing the Lisette Portfolio tunic dress, a pattern review and some modifications by fabricandflowers
Sewing the Lisette Portfolio tunic dress, a pattern review and some modifications by fabricandflowers

And I do love the secret pockets. Perfect for all those tissues that I’ll be needing for the sniffle season! The gathering around the neck is such a clever detail – I’m not sure that I’d ever go for contrasting fabrics as per the pattern suggestion as it’s a bit bold for my own dress sense, but I might well be a bit more adventurous with my fabric choices next time I do this pattern. And this is how I’ll probably wear it, layered up with a scarf!

Sewing the Lisette Portfolio tunic dress, a pattern review and some modifications by fabricandflowers

When I first modelled it for Mr f&f he did admit to thinking that it looked like I was going to be an extra for Merlin! Still I’m going to believe that Merlin is actually Modern and wear it with pride anyway!

Sx

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13 Comments

  1. November 30, 2012 / 10:35 pm

    Love this Sonia! And what a lovely fabric to make it in – perfect for winter days ahead either on its own or layered up if it's really cold. I adore needlecord but have only made skirts in it – must try a top like this. Those pockets are the business – just knowing that there is that cheery fabric hidden inside is happy and feel-good news for the wearer! Have a lovely weekend wearing this! E x

  2. November 30, 2012 / 10:56 pm

    Aw thanks E – I have to say the pocket construction is awesome!!! I love cord too, I don't know what it is about it, it's just lovely! Now I just need to get me some of those thick wollen tights like the ones you were wearing the other week…..!!!!! Hope you have a lovely weekend too x

  3. November 30, 2012 / 10:57 pm

    Yep, I'll definitely have to point out the lack of round tables to Mr f&f! Thanks for your lovely comments x

  4. Suzie
    November 30, 2012 / 10:46 pm

    Lovely dress, I love the colour. No round tables to be seen.
    Suzie
    http://www.nomoa.co.nz

  5. motherof5
    December 1, 2012 / 12:10 am

    I love this in cord,I made several in denim but cord is so much nicer.
    x N

  6. December 1, 2012 / 4:59 pm

    Wowzers!! It's gorgeous! I love cord and purple, so it's win win, and the contrast pockets are great. Happy wearing! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. December 3, 2012 / 6:59 pm

    It's fabulous! Love the colour and the style. It may be 'Merlin' but I'd wear it too with no hesitation! ๐Ÿ™‚

    S x

  8. December 9, 2012 / 9:49 pm

    Ohh, denim…I bet that's really comfy? Thanks for visiting x

  9. December 9, 2012 / 9:52 pm

    Ah thanks Lynne ๐Ÿ™‚ Purples always a winner for me too ๐Ÿ™‚ Sx

  10. December 9, 2012 / 9:55 pm

    Thanks Sandra. I still need to go and get myself very thick tights so that I can wear it on these chilly cold days x

  11. Nina
    December 15, 2012 / 5:51 pm

    So nice! I just managed to get this pattern at a bargain price… So now I can't decide whether to use my babycord for this or the Tova I'd planned. And by the way, I think Merlin himself and the peasant extras are super stylish!!

  12. December 16, 2012 / 8:22 pm

    Oooh, I love a bargain! And what a conundrum – a Tova in cord would be lovely! I'll keep my eyes peeled to see what you chose! Sx

  13. July 31, 2013 / 1:52 pm

    I have been eyeballing a dress like this in the Boden catalog. It'd be so much more fun to make my own! (maybe I can scare up some of that Denyse Schmidt corduroy from last fall…) It is so flattering on you and I love the colors of the dress and the top together.