Another Archer

When I wrote about my cotton/linen Grainline Archer Shirt, I mentioned it would look elegant in a fabric with more drape. So, here is my second iteration of the pattern, sewn in a lightweight cotton with a fantastic watermelon print.

An image of a woman standing in a garden archway. She wears pink glasses, a watermelon print button up shirt, blue jeans and brown ankle boots. She is holding the archway with her right hand and smiling.

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Vado Semi-Fitted Women’s Blouse muslin

I feel it’s important to document my sewing failures as well as successes, so here is my latest flop: the Vado Custom-Fit Sewing Pattern – Semi-Fitted Women’s Blouse. An offering from Bootstrap Patterns, the Vado blouse is drafted to fit from your own measurements. You’d think that would be a sure bet for a great fit, but that was unfortunately not the case.

Two images in a row. First is a picture of two women, posing wearing loose-fitting shirts. Second is a line drawing of the front and back of a shirt pattern.
Does anyone else find the left picture terrifying?

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Pattern Fantastique Glacial Tee

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about my first attempts at sewing with merino jersey. Although my pink Paola Turtleneck Tee wasn’t a winner due to the lightweight fabric, my other merino jersey projects have been far more successful – starting with this Pattern Fantastique Glacial Tee in Argent Grey 100% Merino Jersey Knit 200g from New Zealand Merino and Fabrics.

An image of a woman standing in front of a blue weatherboard background. She is wearing a dark grey long sleeve tee, black midi pleated skirt and black ankle boots. She is looking at the camera and smiling.

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Sewing plans – stashbusting edition

Despite my continued insistence that winter last forever, the proliferation of seasonal sewing planning posts doing the rounds has reminded me that summer is on its way (shudder). Here’s my contribution, with a bit of winter, a bit of summer, and mostly just trying to make plans with stash fabric that has been in my wardrobe for at least a year.

An image from the movie The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. The Winter Witch wears a long blue dress that looks like icicles, a white stole and an ice crown. She stands on her carriage, pulled by white creatures, against a background of ice and snow.
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Merino Paola Turtleneck Tee

It started with a top. This top, to be precise:

An image of a woman with a blank white background. She has short blonde hair, and is wearing a rose pink merino turtleneck tee and black work-style pants.
Oh Country Road, you can do no wrong.

Suddenly I had visions of a wardrobe filled with long sleeve merino tops – warm, moisture-wicking and odour-repelling.* A few online orders later, and I had enough merino jersey meterage to begin my wardrobe plan (more on the other garments later). Continue reading “Merino Paola Turtleneck Tee”

Two Winter Tops – Frankie and Hemlock

Would you believe I’ve finally been blogging long enough to start posting repeat garments? These are a couple of winter tops I whipped up to sew through a bit of stash fabric.

An image of a woman standing in front of a fence with trees. She wears a long sleeve knit tee in black and white with cat head print, black slim pants, black boots and a hat and sunglasses. Her hand is on her hip and she is smiling.

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Finalist in the IPM Indie Royalty comp

The finalists have been named for The Monthly Stitch Indie Pattern Month “Indie Royalty” competition, and I’m one of them! Ok, they liked every entry so we’ve all become finalists. The winners are still decided by votes, so please jump over to The Monthly Stitch and cast your vote. I am lucky to be among some very rad sewists who sewed a whole outfit (or more!).

A photograph of a woman standing in a garden arch. She wears a long check cardigan, black floral dress, burgundy velvet leggings and a yellow hand knit hat. She is smiling.
My outfit consisted of the Named Helmi Dress, Named Esme Cardi, So Sew Easy leggings and Solas Hat. Full post here.

And thank you for your votes for my “Eyes Have It” Dress in the “New To Me” competition – I won a £100 fabric hamper to Minerva Crafts!