Ginger Jeans and Bow Neck Knit

Edit: Can I be a super cheeky lady and ask that you please have a look at the pyjama party at Closet Case Files and vote for my PJ’s?? I love those PJ’s (in fact I’m wearing the pants right now) it it would be amazing to win one of those prize packs. And it’s pretty tough competition!

It’s been a while since I posted! But that certainly hasn’t meant that I’m not sewing. In fact, I have a bit of a backlog of projects to photograph (the weather hasn’t been the greatest for photos here recently).

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Cats in Sweaters + Craftsy Sale

So just a simple t-shirt today, but in some awesome fabric.


I found this fabric one day when mindlessly searching through Spoonflower. “Mr. Guy, would you wear a t-shirt made from this fabric” “Uh, probably not” “I’ll take that as a yes!”. I bought 1 yard of organic cotton interlock, for some reason thinking that would be enough for a t-shirt. Of course, 1 yard =/= 1 metre, and the fabric is a bit narrow, so we had to go for contrasting sleeves.

Despite his initial hesitation, as soon as he actually saw the fabric he wouldn’t let me make it into a t-shirt for me instead.


To be honest, I’m really not impressed with the fabric – it’s stiff, not overly stretchy and doesn’t have the best recovery. It ISN’T a fabric I’d buy in a shop (except I’d probably consider it if it had an awesome print like this). I actually had quite a hard time sewing this tshirt; the overlocker grumbled a lot and the neckband wouldn’t stretch easily to match the top.


The sleeve fabric is from the big box of scraps Levana sent me to make underpants from. It is much nicer, being a cotton-lycra blend (stop buying 100% cotton knits Sophie!), it’s soft and was really easy to work with, particularly in contrast to the main fabric. I really am disappointed but it does mean I won’t be dropping $27/m + shipping on fabrics from the USA (and am excited that I have wrangled a trip to Levana in a week – will stock up on nice NZ made knits!)

The navy isn’t the perfect colour but was the best we had. It’d probably look better with shorter sleeves but Mr. Guy said the long sleeves were too comfortable to cut shorter.


We took the dog for a walk to play frisbee (and we’re trying to teach her NOT to pull on the lead, so we often have to stop every 2m). In the time it took to walk across the road to a park, the weather went from this:


To this:


The pattern is Thread Theory’s Strathcona Henley Tee. Remember when I made this pattern from the PDF pattern a while ago and I complained it didn’t fit him well – I was thinking of adding bits to the underarm, to the shoulder etc. A few of you mentioned it was just too small all over. Well, when I pulled out the pattern and remembered it didn’t fit properly, I pulled out my paper copy of the pattern (how do I know I’m a Thread Theory fan girl? I own most of the patterns in PDF and still bought the hardcopys). Bloody hell, I must have printed the original one-off at 80% because the pieces were MUCH smaller!

I traced them all again from scratch (size large) and it fits perfectly – I think TT actually draft exactly for Mr. Guy’s measurements, even the upper back fits well (and the whole thing would fit a bit better in a fabric with more stretch).



Pattern: Thread Theory – Strathcona Tee

Fabric: Organic Cotton Interlock from Spoonflower, $38 NZD including shipping, and navy cotton-lycra, free

Notions: Thread from stash

Total: $38

In other news, I’ve finally caught the Craftsy bug. I became a member of the Craftsy affiliate program. This basically means that if you click the link on my website —-> and end up buying a class, I get a commission on it (but you don’t pay any extra!). Anyone can sign up to be part of the program – more details here. When you get approved, they give you a free class to watch and review.


To be honest, it took me two days to figure out which class to get – why is it harder to choose a free class than if I was just paying? I finally ended up choosing the Patternmaking & Design: Creative Darts & Seamlines by Suzy Furrer. It was kind of on a whim because the picture isn’t very exciting, but dang. I ended up watching three hours of it last night, and purchased two more of her classes (Patternmaking & Design: The Bodice Sloper and Patternmaking & Design: Creative Necklines). I may get the skirt one at a later date.

I want to wait until I’ve actually tried out the techniques before giving a full review, but I will say I highly recommend this class: Suzy Furrer seems to really know what she’s doing, she drops in all these little tips and gives you the “why” of things (like why, historically, bust darts were folded up – because if they’re folded down, the ridge on the outside shell could catch crumbs = a bad look!), and she’s really nice to listen to – I’ve heard some other teachers can send you to sleep, and a big plus for me is that she doesn’t talk too slow (a real problem for us quick-speaking kiwi. I get a bit impatient watching Sunny’s zipper class, for example). I got really excited watching it, thinking of all the things I can design without relying on patterns, and knowing that they will fit well!

Anyway, enough blathering, I was apprehensive but very pleased. If you’re interested, they have a two-day flash sale with “selected classes up to 50% off”. Most classes are actually ~30% off.

Note: this bottom part contains affiliate links.


The “One Day” outfit featuring The Afternoon Blouse

For a while now I’ve been complaining (in my head) about two things: I’m desparately lacking in nice blouses to wear, and I need some more plain skirts. I’m attracted to bright colours and patterns which sometimes mean that my wardrobe looks like a higgeldy mess of colours and I have to pick through everything to find things that match. I am quite happy mixing patterns but sometimes it just gets a bit much, you know?


So we’ve established that I can’t say no to brights. I’m also not to good at buying blouse fabrics – no idea why, but I think part of it is that lots of patterns call for almost 2m, and I figure if I’m going to buy 2m (and the fabric is usually in some way expensive), I might as well get a WHOLE outfit out of it. I can get a bit stingy with fabric, so I’ve been trying to get hold of cute patterns that use not-so-much fabric and don’t have lots of details that I’m not ready to tackly in delicate blouse fabric.

The Afternoon Blouse by Jennifer Lauren Vintage (from Dunedin, NZ, where I went to university) kind of meets both of those criteria.

ImageAlthough the “required yardage” is about 1.5m, I used vastly less than that – I had a 140x60cm piece and a much smaller piece that I was able to just fit the facing onto, so you should easily be able to get it out of ~90cm. The fabric itself is a rayon from one of the members of the Wellington Sewing Bloggers Network (erm, I can’t quite remember who it was, sorry and thanks!). I’m not sure if it’s vintage or not, but it has a few small stains on it that look like the ones you get on vintage tablecloths. All I know is I snapped it up as soon as my beady eyes caught sight of it, and didn’t ask any questions.ImageThe fabric is looovely and drapey and feels really nice to wear, and I love how it blouses over the skirt. I feel like I’m wearing a vintage grandma blouse and I love it.


This photo is for Mary – this was the first photo we took! It’s damn windy here…

The blouse was SO quick to make. I even timed myself, and it took 90 minutes all up. In terms of construction, I basically followed the instructions (mainly I just glanced at the diagrams). The inside seams are finished with the overlocker and the hem and sleeves are all finished with a narrow hem. For the facing, instead of fusing the interfacing on and then finishing the edges, I sewed right sides together (using the glue side as the wrong side), trimmed the seam with pinking shears, then turned and pressed the interfacing down. This gives the facing a really nice finish without any extra stitching.

ImageFor some reason the only good photos from today were crazy photos.

In case you’re wondering about the skirt; yep, I made that as well. In the same evening as the top. Hence the “one day outfit”.

It’s from the Gertie’s high waisted skirt (previously made here, here, here and here). When I tried it on halfway through I decided I wanted it to be a bit more pegged than my other versions, so I took it in at the bottom of the side seams, and the bottom center back seam. BIG MISTAKE. I think that really needs to be a flat-pattern adjustment, because I can feel some weird pulling around the bottom. I was also left with a much shorter vent, which combined with the peggings makes it VERY difficult to get on (getting dressed may remind my husband of my pantihose dance). I also got some excess pooling at the bum:

ImageThis photo makes me wonder if there’s a fitting issue that needs fixing at the hips on my sloper, or if it’s just because I changed the bottom of the skirt. It’s not tooo bad but I do end up tugging it a bit during the day (and apologies about the wrinkles, I can only take photos after work and I do a lot of sitting-to-standing and back).

ImageI decided to straighten out the waistband, rather than using the curved one that I’ve done with all my other versions.

ImageI did an invisible hem and decided that it’s not the best idea on a vented skirt – at least, if you’re going to do it, do it before you sew up the center back seam! So it’s not the greatest black skirt, but it’ll do and I always have to remind myself that it still fits better than ready-to-wear.

ImageWhat am I doing here?

I actually really like the blouse – the funny fold-over front is cute although I will need to sort out some way to make it stay in place (it’ll help when I have hand-needles…I had to sew the waistband button with a sewing machine needle). It uses very little fabric and is quick, and the kimono sleeves give it a classy/casual look. I may use this pattern to make a plain v-neck kimono blouse for even more versions.

The black skirt I’m 50% happy about – I will wear it a lot because it’s so plain it will go with anything else in my wardrobe (and is one of only 4 black items in my whole place), but the fit is a bit off.


Patterns: The Afternoon Blouse by Jennifer Lauren Vint
age, $14 NZD, and Gertie’s high waisted skirt

Fabric: Black stretch cotton twill, $8,60 and rayon, free

Notions: Pale blue button and white and gold button (skirt), zip, thread and interfacing all from stash. Thread, $4

Total: $26.60 all up


Plantain t-shirt and cardigan

Sewing basics… So boring, amirite! But so useful, and really necessary when you’re trying to go RTW free (I’m about 11 months in. I would have broken it recently, had a certain shop sold jeans in my size). Contrary to what you’d think if you looked in my wardrobe, I do actually really like wearing casual outfits – tshirts and pants. Unfortunately I only have ONE pair of pants (it’s reeeaally hard to find pants that fit me) and they are polka dot. So they don’t go with many outfits. I am going to change the no-pants thing soon, just waiting for the pattern to arrive :)

In the meantime, I decided to make a super-boring-but-versatile black t-shirt. Yawn, I know – but I have ONE black t-shirt (one of the 3 black items I have) and I wear it quite a lot – it’s becoming grossly pilled. And I’m sure you all know how much one needs at least one black t-shirt.

ImageI used the Deer & Doe pattern, plantain. Dang, this is a good pattern for a pear – this is size 44 graded to a 46 in the hips, and it’s perfect: a slumpy/loose t-shirt that doesn’t cling (or wouldn’t if the fabric was less drapey) but is still shaped/flattering. I love the deep scoop neck and that it’s a free pattern.

ImageThe fabric is an absolute dream in viscose jersey. I spent about 20 minutes in the fabric store stroking two different bolts of black jersey, trying to decide which was more lush and which would be better in a t-shirt. It’s not uncommon to see me in the fabric store, stroking bolts of fabric.


The whole thing didn’t take very long either, only a couple of hours which includes taping and tracing the pattern. I overlocked all the seams and top-stitched with a twin needle. I had to loosen the bobbin tension because there was a wee mountain forming in the middle – something else happened to the bobbin thread though (maybe I loosened too much) so it doesn’t want to stretch quite as much as it should.

Just so it wasn’t 100% boring, I top-stitched with blue thread rather than invisible black. This caused Mr. Guy to ask if the t-shirt was “sportswear”, but I quite like it.

ImageYou all know by now that I like to give my clothes a bit o’ sparkle.


The top worked so well that I thought “hey, this pattern is PERFECT to make a cardigan”. I bought some navy merino a month or so ago with the thoughts of making a cardigan, but have been waiting until I had the motivation to alter an existing t-shirt pattern.

All I did was add 2cm to the CB to give it a bit more ease, and added 6cm to the centre front (which wasn’t cut on the fold), so when I folded it back it made a 3cm button placket, which I interfaced. I also lengthened the binding by a couple of cm, and was able to enclose it all nicely at the top of the button placket.

Construction wise it worked well, but it didn’t quite end up how I had envisioned. I asked Mum if she wanted it, and even though I now look at the photos and thing “it isn’t so bad”, I think it will be better on her, and no take backs, right?ImageI think it’s just something to do with the scoop neck. The look in the above photo is actually exactly what I wanted; a drapey cardigan that just fell from the shoulders, and that’s what I had in mine when I picked the fabric. Unfortunately I kind of forgot that when I was making it, and I was looking at four square wall’s ponte renfrew cardigan, and had it in my mind that the fabric would hold the shape I was sewing crisply. Had I remembered, I would have just altered the way I sewed the front (particularly the neck/placket corner).

Instead, this is what it would look like it was done up:


Odd. And don’t try and tell me otherwise! It’s much nicer undone.


And of course it’s not a total disaster – Mum loved this fabric when she was up, and was trying to think of something I could make her out of it. I just hope it suits her!


PatternDeer & Doe Plantain, free

Fabric – Black viscose knit, $24, and French navy merino knit, 1.5m at $34/m and 30% off = ~$36

Notions: Thread and interfacing from stash

Total: $24 and $36


The never ending (linen) story: La Sylphide blouse

I promise this is the last you’ll see of this navy linen!


I scraped this blouse out of the very last of what was originally a 5m piece of linen that I bought for $3/m at The Fabric Warehouse’s crazy sale late last year, previously used to make my Bleuet Dress and Mr. Guy’s Negroni shirt. There was so little left that I had to compromise with shorter sleeves (which is actually rather good in the heat we’re having) and the bow is half the width it should be. Even so, I’m somewhat impressed that I managed to fit everything on!Image

From my last dress, I knew that I didn’t need to make many alterations so made it as is; although now I realised that I didn’t alter the dart height, so they’re still a bit high.


The sleeves are made using my bodice sloper pattern, cut as long as the fabric would allow me; the back is the original La Sylphide pattern piece and it fits me so well I’ve actually started using this pattern piece for other dresses. I lined up the pattern piece with my back bodice sloper and the armscye is EXACTLY the same so now I have this darted version, and the old princess seam version. I still need to turn my princess seam sloper into a darted version, for when I feel like using one.


The waist seam is sitting a bit high, I guess because it doesn’t have a skirt to pull it down, and I feel that the peplum is a bit too short – it would be a lot more flattering if it was a couple of inches longer.

This isn’t a real issue, because of course the top looks even better tucked in:


The back waist seam still sits a little higher than the skirt waistband, but I don’t think anyone will notice!


The buttons are navy ones with gold pieces in a circle around the thread holes (if that makes sense) – oh goodness do I love them. I think I might need to buy up all the stock that Made on Marion has to use for future projects.


What else, what else. Why can I never think of anything to say in my blog posts, even though I love reading everyone else’s blogs? Too inpatient and succinct, I guess.

Anyway, I think this top will only really be worn tucked in. I never thought peplum tops would suit me (despite being recommended for pear shapes), so even after finding out that it looks alright on me, I’m not used to seeing that shape on my body and I feel it’s a bit too fru-fru. Maybe it’s just the placement/length of the peplum so I may try it again, at least until I work out the best way to turn this into a normal blouse without the peplum.

I’m quite pleased with the construction of the top, too, and the whole process of making it shows me how much I’ve improved recently. I wasn’t in the best mood when making it (tired) and Mr. Guy even told me “you should stop sewing, because you’ll make a mistake and be even more upset/angry”. I kept sewing but was mindful of what he said (it was true), but I didn’t make ANY mistakes. In fact, I noticed myself subconsciously fixing mistakes I would usually make, before they happened – things like accidently getting fabric caught in a seam, messing up the narrow hem (thanks to Mrs. C I have ditched the special “narrow hem” foot for my machine and am much happier for it), not catching all the layers when edge-stitching down the neck tie or when stitching in the ditch.

This is how cool I feel about  that:



Pattern: La Sylphide blouse by Papercut Patterns

Fabric: Linen scraps, ~1m $3/m

Notions: buttons, $2 each = $10. Thread and interfacing, stash.

Total: $13

In other news, I know I have mentioned that my parents have been visiting this week, which has been lovely. I took a few days off work and yesterday we drove up to Cape Reinga, the most northern part of New Zealand. Reinga means “underworld” in Maori, and the alternate name “Te Rerenga Wairua” means “leaping-off place of spirits” – this is where the spirits of the dead pass (by leaping off the old knarled pohutikawa tree that is clinging to a rock overhanging the ocean) before travelling to the underworld/the spiritual home of Hawaiki.


Behind us is where the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean mix, a spot that is constantly unsettled. The Māori refer to this as the meeting of Te Moana-a-Rehua, ‘the sea of Rehua’ with Te Tai-o-Whitirea, ‘the sea of Whitirea’, Rehua and Whitirea being a male and a female respectively.





A lovely day, finished off by a beer at the Kohukohu pub, talking about fishing rights with locals, then pies for dinner from the organic shop.


Scout leader

So apparently it was Thanksgiving in the USA this week (I did actually know that this year, after attending a thanksgiving “dinner” at my brother and his American fiancé’s (“Tough Chick”) place last weekend), and, as I have just found out, the next day is called “black Friday”. I always just thought that was Friday the 13th, but according to Wikipedia, the term have been used as such since before 1961. Since ages ago, in the USA this means crazy assed sales, sometimes involving violence.

What it means for us NZ sewists, is that sewing patterns also go on sale, woot! Only a few of the active members of the WSBN came out unscathed… I did not.

Scout woven tee

I took advantage of 20% off at Grainline Studio to buy the Scout Woven Tee and the Archer Shirt; and decided to buy the Riger Bomber by Papercut Patterns after seeing Sophie from Cirque-du-Bebe’s polka dot version (after pretty much reading her entire blog while having a rare breather at my 15 hour day at work, I have a huge girl crush on her right now).

Scout woven tee

I wouldn’t usually pick a pattern like the Scout Tee; it’s not really my style at all, having absolutely no waist definition. However, I am in desperate need of some simple tops to wear tucked in to the high waisted skirts I favour; and as much as I’d like them all to be delicate blouses, I’m just not ready/skilled enough to make them.

Scout woven tee

This top is perfect. I started by tracing a size 14 and grading out to an 18 in the hips; however, there must be some crazy ease in this pattern because it was humongous, as if I had put a sheet over my head and tried to tuck it in. I ended up taking 1″ off each side seam at the underarms, and 2.5″ at the waist, leaving the hips as they are. Next time I’ll also raise the sleeves by 1cm as they’re sitting a little too lateral.

Scout woven tee

I really like the scooped neckline on me, too – I think I’ll be using this to alter a few of my other patterns. I accidentally sewed the bias binding (stash) on the wrong side first, so ran with it and used it as a “design feature”, which I quite like – it helps break up the dots a bit (which were really hard to look at when the fabric was unrolled at the counter).

Scout woven tee

Warning: the yardage guidelines on the pattern are really generous. I cut mine out as a single layer and used less than 1m, whereas the pattern calls for 1.7m (I traced the pattern out double so I could just lay it out; otherwise I would have folded the fabric so the selvage met in the middle, as both pieces easily sat side by side).

This isn’t a terrible thing, especially as I ended up getting about 50cm free (because there was a fault on the fabric, which I’m almost certain isn’t on the top… I forgot to check before I cut), and now I have extra to use as lining.

Scout woven tee

The whole thing took hardly any time to make up – I cellotaped and traced the pattern Sunday morning; cut out the fabric at 1; started sewing at 2.30 and was taking photos at 4 (okay, okay, that was before I hemmed it though – it was to catch the light, I swear!).

All the while I was helping Mr. Guy and two brothers make halloumi:

Homemade halloumi

Yuuuuum. Homemade halloumi is easy, cheaper and tastier than most bought-stuff, at least the type you get in NZ. I use this recipe by Ted (also from Wellingtonian), video here. All you need is 4L of milk, some rennet which is easily found, but you may have to order online if you want vegetarian rennet – within NZ I use Cottage Crafts for all my cheesemaking supplies.

Mr. Guy and Brother Ollie were also bottling some homemade beer

Bottling beer

Back to the top. The fabric is a very lightweight, almost see-through cotton polka-dot. It will be oh-so-nice for summer, although it was so fragile my machines wanted to gather it right up:

Scout Woven Tee

Good for the sleeves, not so good everywhere else. I used a sharp micro needle which was a good idea that I’d usually forget to do. The internal seams are all overlocked, and I’ve done a narrow hem on my overlocker. Next one I do (as I know how it should fit) I might try french seams. And the bias binding will be on the inside.

Scout woven tee

Speaking of bias binding necklines – I, like many others, can’t seem to make it stay flat and not roll outwards (or inwards in this case). I know you’re supposed to pretty the binding into a curve before applying it (thanks to Mrs. C), but it still happens to me. Anyone got any other tips?

Pattern: Scout Woven Tee by Grainline Studio, $6.60 NZD
Fabric: Lightweight cotton from The Fabric Store, $18/m, 1.6m (extra due to a flaw) = $18
Notions: Bias binding and thread, stash.
Total: $24.60

Scout Woven Tee

Disclaimer: this post was entirely written in html, because the wordpress online editor wasn’t working for me last night or this morning. Reminds me of lunchtimes and IT classes in 4th form, spent collating every Dragon Ball Z picture I could find online, on to a website using html. I also had DBZ pictures plastered all over my walls, in black and white using my school printing allowance. Anyone else LOVE Dragon Ball Z?


Renfrew tie-neck top

ImageOur cat, Travis. Chickens in the background.

ImageHe’s a dumb little man who over grooms himself, resulting in hair loss and scabs. But he’s still pretty cute and knows a couple of tricks.

I’d had my eye on the Jalie Scarf Collar Top for a while (I’m a fan of collars of almost any kind), but held off spending $20 on what seemed like a rather simple pattern. One day I decided to just use my Renfrew pattern and make up the scarf tie.


I was originally just going to overlock the tie directly to the top, but worried about the overlocked edge rolling out and showing itself. Plus, Lladybird’s review on the top suggested that the seam was enclosed inside the scarf. I found this post by Sharon Sews that gave me the secret – you sew the shoulder seams (I reinforced with elastic), attach one edge of the “scarf” to the entire neckline, with the overhang  at the front. You roll the whole top up and wrap the scarf around it, so you end up with a long sausage. You sew from one end of the tie right to the end, making sure you don’t catch any top in the machine; then pull out the top through one end and wa-la! I didn’t take photos during construction, but her blog has great pictures if you’re confused.

After all that and feeling so clever about (sort-of) figuring it out, turns out you can just download the instructions from the Jalie website.

To make it work from my Renfrew pattern (or any t-shirt pattern you have), I cut the back piece on the fold, cut the front with a v-neck and put a seam in the center front (adding a seam allowance) and leaving 2 inches at the top edge unsewn, so that you can actually tie the bow at the end. I then turned the edges under and top stitched – not very prettily but noone can see it.


The whole thing is sewn with my overlocker, then the sleeves and hem is turned and stitched with a double needle. All in all I think it took maybe 2 hours, including cutting.


Unfortunately I didn’t think lining up the polka-dots would be important because they’re so small – but they’re mismatched horizontally by about 2mm, which is surprisingly obvious.

http://tworandomwords.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/p1040583.jpgThis fabric is really clingy, without the top being clingy. I’m conscious all day that it shows my belly rolls even standing up; and I didn’t think they were that prominent. It also sticks to my bra in an odd way. So I’m not sure how much I like this top – I do like it, I do wear it, but I don’t feel the absolute greatest in it.



Pattern: Renfrew + ?self-drafted tie – $0

Fabric – 1m polkadot fabric from The Fabric Warehouse, $16

Notions – thread and double needle, stash

Total – $16


Asstronaut t-shirt

Back in 2005 (my 6th form) I was lucky enough to go on a school trip to Space Camp, in Alabama. It was, as you can imagine, pretty darned awesome – except that we had to wake up at 6am, eat sugar-laden breakfasts (the cereal with the least sugar was Lucky Charms, and I had to pick all the goddamn marshmellows out), and we didn’t go to bed until 11pm. This meant that I was too tired to listen to all the actually interesting lectures, and I fell asleep while we were listening to the sun.

Photo is mid-2012 at a friends Space themed party. I love any excuse to wear my NASA jumpsuit

We had a gang of us that roamed around the campus making trouble; Paris, Jamie, Will and I. We were Team Felch (please don’t look up what that means; it’s gross and we were teenagers who thought it was hilarious). We got velcro badges made up to stick on our space jumpsuits (pictured above); I can’t remember what the others were, but I was the Ass-tronaut.

Which takes us to this top – made from New Look 6808, a basic woven t-shirt with several variations.


I made a muslin of this top and only had to change a few things – and I still need to give myself a bit more room in the behind. I’m still not 100% sure how to do this without everything looking like a peplum, but hey, I’ll work it out.

http://tworandomwords.files.wordpress.com/2013/09/p1040489.jpgMy bum isn’t that bumpy IRL; I have elastic and a double needle in my pocket.

Not much else to say about the pattern – it’s nice, easy, and will be my go-to woven shirt pattern. I have some red drapey polyester that I bought to make sleeves like variation D, before I even knew this pattern existed.


I’ll leave you with this wonderful picture, provoked by my husband telling me to stop having so much fun:



Older projects of 2013: my two pendrell’s

Seeing as I have half a wardrobe full of hand-made clothes, I thought I would combine posts for all old projects.

First up, is my two pendrell’s. I’ve actually made four of these in total – one “wearable muslin” in a stiffer blue fabric which is actually rather nice, but I found I didn’t wear it (and actually I have no idea where it went). The last was made in a lovely soft cotton from Fabric Vision in Christchurch – I left off the sleeves and finished the edges with old, bought bias binding. Unfortunately I think I didn’t stay stitch the neckline so it’s stretched out quite a bit – I think I can fix it by lowering the neckline, but it’ll have to wait until I’m really bored.

One of my favourite tops EVER is this blue pendrell with flamingos on it. Come on, flamingos. It’s a strange polyester from Spotlight (they often don’t say what the fabric actually is) that has a bit of stretch so is really comfortable.


In terms of alterations to the pattern, I have shortened it several inches (I’m guessing the original is meant for an almost tunic, because I’m quite tall and it comes past my bum), and just fitted the princess seams to my shape.

DSCN5408  These sleeves are so comfortable, y’all


The other is another polyester of some kind, also from Spotlight. No close up of the fabric, oops, but it’s got tiny little flowers on it. This has absolutely no stretch so, while it’s not uncomfortable, it does show a fit issue I’m yet to address in terms of horizontal neck gaping. I’ve never had this problem before but you can see it in this picture:


I think I just need to take some height off the shoulder and adjust the sleeve hole to fit.

PS would you believe someone remarked on how “colourful” I was in this outfit? Granted, I was wearing a green cardigan – but this is not that colourful. I get so many comments if I wear something so simple as coloured stockings – srsly, noone wears colours in the hospital.