How to start a blog post almost two whole months after the last one, especially when it was full of positivity & promises of action.. Well, something is better than nothing I guess, so here goes with the first project I’ve actually managed to get photographed this year! I bought loads of pretty fabrics just after Christmas and found the most gorgeous print silk at Croft Mill Fabrics. The colours I liked, the print I thought I could deal with, so I swiftly added 2m to my basket and sat back and waited for it to be delivered. I was not disappointed. The fabric is even better in real life than the photos – the print looks so very much as if a watercolour artist has created a fabulous abstract with his/her favourite colours and it has a beautiful drape. It’s not a satin so was very easy to sew with.
I decided to use a self drafted pattern I’d used for silk before, this polka dot crepe de chine. It took me a while to make, simply because I had to find the time with all my other commitments. This week though, was crunch time. I’d dedicated a day at home to “getting things done” and one of those things was to finish the top! It’s all French seamed inside, as you’d expect with a gorgeous fine fabric.
The faux placket (facing on the outside that looks interesting) was easier to get right with crisp edges than the last one, slight variations in the silks I suppose. I love this pattern, and the print. Colours and print, how unlike me! I sort of wish I’d got more, but maybe I’ll take a second look at the other colourways instead, as this particular one is all sold out – I have a feeling I may have got the last of it!
I suppose I ought to tell you I spent hours making sure the pattern was matching across the side seams and sleeves, but I didn’t. I thought about it for about 5 minutes and decided life was too short! By happy coincidence things worked out just fine!
Next to make is a Day to Night Drape Top by Maria Denmark for Daughter No2, the fabric from Kat as part of the Sabretooth Swap organised by Anne. I have decided to make her a pencil skirt to go with the top, using the pattern for the plaid skirt I finished in November. It should all go together quite quickly (famous last words!) so maybe by the end of today I’d have finished two projects! *shhh, don’t jinx it…
14 thoughts on “Abstract in Watercolour”
thanks, it really is!
What gorgeous fabric!
Thank you 🙂
Love your silk, but even better to find you’re back! xx del
Thank you Del! I may finally be getting things organised, but I don’t want to say that too loudly…
Glorious. Lovely fabric…lovely shirt. Lady, you have skillz! 😉
Thank you Evie! 🙂
I really love the simple lines of your tops, but assume you self draft as the pattern reference is not provided. You have an eye for good cloth, it’s particularly beautiful.
Hi Gail, I stated in the text that the pattern is self drafted. It’s a pattern I made last year for a crepe de chine, so I knew it would be well suited to this silk too. I like to keep the patterns simple for gorgeous fabrics, let them take centre stage.
Beautiful silk, what a find!
Thanks Jay, I really should have bought more, the colourway they have left is not me…
Lovely. And your photos are great, I just feel transported to wet spring in England!
And very wet it is too!! 🙂