I recently finished my Tilly & the Buttons Francoise dress out of some fuchsia-colored ponte and while I should probably be telling you all about that make I actually haven’t taken pictures of it yet and it’s currently in the wash.
So, while I can’t share the Franciose dress, I’ll share the amazing top and bottom I made out of the other 2 yards or so of the remaining fuchsia ponte.
A Beautiful Busan
Earlier in the year Itch To Stitch released the Busan top, OMG, this top caught my eye. After two days of swooning over Instagram posts of this top, I bit the bullet and bought the pattern.
Since I had so much of the fuchsia ponte from the Franciose leftover I thought why not use it on the Busan top. It has the minimum stretch requirement, and possibly a little less, but I thought what the hey let’s give it a try.
Easy Breezy Construction
Overall the construction went really easy. I was nervous about the pleated sleeves but they went together super quick with no issues.
|Itch to Stitch Busan
|Notes & Modification:
|Reduced cuff thickness
The only big change I made to the pattern is that I didn’t double up on the cuff. The ponte was already pretty thick and with the doubled cuff I found it to tight on my wrist. So, I left the cuff piece as one and just turned the hem.
A Matching Bibi
After finishing my Bunsan I was shocked to find I still had some fabric leftover. I really wasn’t expecting there to be this much left.
Since I had only recently made my matching Toaster & Bibi set, I wondered if a Bibi & Bunsan would make a good set.
Without a second thought, I whipped up another Bibi skirt. Since the ponte I was using had just the right amount of stretch I didn’t need any elastic in the waistband this time and was able to make the skirt completely as directed.
Just in time for Valentines
You are probably thinking a full-on fuchsia dress might be a little loud. But hey with Valentine’s just around the corner I figure It’s the perfect time of year to wear such an outfit.
I absolutely love how this outfit came out and I just adore the look of the Busan top. I really want to make more, but I feel like I need just the right fabric. It needs to have a little bit of stability for the sleeve pleats to really show up and not just fall.
What your thoughts on statement sleeves like the ones on the Busan? Are you all for them, or thing they are overrated?