Ottobre 5/2016 #5 – vintage lines ribbed sweater

I’ve been inspired by the fabulous turtlenecks doing the rounds and decided to make one of my own. My Ottobre magazine stash provided the pattern (Ottobre 5/2016 #5 – vintage lines ribbed sweater) and the fabric was an old purchase from Joelle’s Fabric Warehouse on eBay.

A woman stands in a garden under an arch. She wears a grey turtleneck skivvy, denim skirt and boots. She is smiling.

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What I talk about when I talk about shirtmaking

This week I shared my linen Archer shirt with you. I’m always curious about how others sew things – not the finished results, but the techniques they use to get there. So this is a catalogue of the techniques I use when shirt-making, as featured in my Archer shirt and others. If you hate detail, turn away now!

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Late to the party: Grainline Archer Shirt

Being typically late to catch up on trends, it’s no surprise that I sewed a Grainline Archer Shirt several years after the rest of the sewing world fell in love with it. I actually did purchase this pattern and make a muslin a year or two back, but was so stumped by fit issues that I let it sit in my wardrobe. With the confidence and experience I’ve gained since then, I was ready to revisit my muslin and make a finished garment.

An image of a woman standing in front of kitchen cabinets. She wears a cream hand-knitted beret, geometric print button up shirt, skinny blue jeans and brown ankle boots. Her hands are resting in her pockets and she is smiling.
Wearing my old faithful Brambles Beret, knitted in now discontinued Ton of Wool Cormo 10ply, undyed.

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The Dalek Outfit Reviewed – Burda Emily Shirt & Box Pleated Skirt

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Last time I shared my experience of ordering from Spoonflower with you. TL;DR: don’t do it. Today, I’ll review the patterns I made from my Spoonflower fabric, starting with the Burda Emily Shirt.

An image of a woman standing in front of kitchen cupboards. She is wearing a button up shirt with Dalek print, skinny blue jeans, and brown boots. She is smiling.

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A Dalek Outfit, and 10 Things I Hate About Spoonflower

Apologies to those who read the title and thought this would be a “listicle” post- I’m not Buzzfeed, nor The Warrnambool Standard*, and I think we can all agree writing lists requires a certain brevity which I do not possess.

This Spoonflower review is a long time coming – almost so long as to make it redundant! (Sorry, guys.) But I figured if I was going to share the garments I made from my Spoonflower purchase, I may as well share some thoughts on the quality of their fabric.

A tweet from Tim Brunero. Tweet reads, Mrs Dr Karl makes all his shirts. Today was the first outing for this number, a dalek/classic Obama poster hybrid. Picture is of two men. Dr Karl on the left wears a shirt with a Dalek print on it. Man on right wears plain tee.

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Ottobre painted canvas top

An image of a young woman, standing in a veranda in front of a weatherboard wall. She wears large glasses, a t-shirt with a colourful print reminiscent of shattered glass, crop jeans, and leather loafers. She is smiling.

I know, another short sleeved top. I’m nothing if not consistent! This top is made from one of my Ottobre back issues, Summer/Spring 2/2016 #2, printed canvas t-shirt. It was drafted for knits, but as Ottobre tees tend to have a generous fit, I chanced sewing it with a stretch woven. The fabric substitution worked better than I anticipated, and now I have another versatile short sleeved top to add to my wardrobe. Continue reading “Ottobre painted canvas top”

The Adeline Top and Sewing Machine Drama

This is another in a series of summer tops I’ve been sewing. The fabric is a gorgeous rayon from the Spotlight $2/m clearance table. I usually don’t wear much black, but the gem-like colours in the pattern were too entrancing to resist.

An image of a woman in a garden, wearing a black kimono sleeve top with colourful gem floral pattern, black pants and red shoes.
Worn with some hand-me-down (or up, considering how much shorter my auntie is than me) Gordon Smith pants and Mel moon bow loafers.

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