Tessuti Patterns Ruby Top

Hello! This project was largely a trial to see if a certain garment shape (cut out shoulder tank top) worked on me. Spoiler alert: it doesn’t, but I still ended up with a top I like and will wear over summer.

Siobhan stands in front of a garden fence. She wears a tank top with narrowed shoulders and slight scoop neck, in a beige printed rayon with slim-fit black pants. She wears large tortoiseshell sunglasses and is smiling.
This was really one of those “what am I doing with my arms am I a robot” kinds of photoshoots.

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Style Arc Elle / Airlie Pant

Hello! It’s been a while between projects. I have been sewing, albeit sparsely, but I’ve largely been doing alterations – too boring for even a quick Instagram snap. I’m glad to finally have a finished project to share with you, even if it is a (multiple) pattern repeat.

Siobhan stands in front of a garden fence. She wears slim fit black pants with hard-to-notice front pockets, striped white and navy short sleeve tee and silver runners.

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Finalist in Indie Pattern Month – Around the World

I’ve made it as a finalist in The Monthly Stitch’s Indie Pattern Month – Around the World contest, and need your help! If you could shoot over to The Monthly Stitch and vote for my Named Inari Tee Dress, or whichever three creations you like most, it would be much appreciated.

A woman stands in front of a garden fence. She wears a stripe knit tee dress with black leggings, silver runners and big tortoiseshell sunglasses. A cat sits on a bench behind her.

Fabric shopping on Aliexpress

After my posts featuring fabric from Aliexpress, I’ve been asked about my experience shopping there. I’m no expert – my general rule of thumb is to not spend too much money, in case I lose it all. But I do have a few tips after buying sewing goods online for several years.

Mmmmmm….fabric. Combed slub cotton spandex knit, cotton/lycra smooth knit, plain cotton slub knit. As seen in my winter dresses (cotton slubs) and In the Folds Jersey Dress (cotton/lycra smooth knit).

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