As a child of the 90s, I am equal parts thrilled and amused to see 90s styles come back in fashion. I feel it cements my status as a “real adult” to see clothes I wore as a kid being sold in everywhere from KMart and Cotton On to higher end stores. This particular sewing project was based on a style that my mum would have more likely worn than me*- a simple, sleeveless shift-to-a line dress in cool cotton for summer.
After a few successful garments, I’m back to sharing one of those creations which I love but will likely never wear. I really should have known better – I overheat easily over summer, and tend to spend my days inside in cool cotton and viscose, huddled near the air con. Yet after extolling the virtues of wool fibres and seeing Amanda’s gorgeous merino Plantain tee, I couldn’t resist making myself a merino knit t-shirt.
I’m still catching up on blogging everything I sewed and knitted over the past few months. Today I’m sharing a couple of Sew Over It Kimono Jackets, sewn in print rayon I bought on sale at Spotlight. These jackets have been one of the most frequently worn additions to my closet I think I’ve ever made.
I better start this post with a disclaimer that this is no way a polished full tutorial. These instructions began as an add-on to my review of the In the Folds Peplum Top, demonstrating how I achieved a mitred v-neck using a bias facing that was not cut to pattern dimensions (ie, just one long strip). But as the review ended up being so long, I separated it into two posts, to save endless scrolling and allow easier access if you want to use this technique on another project.
If you want to know why I think it’s a good idea to cut your own strips of bias tape and apply them as you sew, check out my review. If you want to know how to do it, keep reading!
I’m sure you’ve heard of this pattern already – it’s been immensely popular in the online sewing community and it seems I can’t scroll my Instagram feed without seeing another version pop up! The pattern in question, of course, is the In the Folds Peplum Top, a free download from Peppermint Magazine.
Have you heard of Sew Queer? Started by Shannon of Rare Device, Sew Queer is “a series exploring the intersections of sewing and queer identity”. Participants share posts using the hashtag #sewqueer, curated by the account @sewqueer on Instagram. Check it out if you haven’t already – I’ll wait! *Twiddles thumbs, looks up trinkets I don’t need on eBay*
Y'all, over on the @rare.device blog I've got a new #sewqueer post up, this time about making formal wear and going to weddings as a queer, demisexual spinster. There's ALSO instructions for how I hacked the @cashmerette Harrison shirt into this awesome tuxedo shirt to wear with my McQueen-inspired kilt skirt. Pop over there for the link ❤️ . #sewing #queersewing
I’m back with my first pattern review of the year! It almost seems redundant seeing how many times this pattern has already been reviewed: the Named Inari. I’d already made the dress version and loved it, so when I had some leftover rayon from another project, I decided to sew the tee variation.