A Little Catch Up


The blog posting hasn’t really gone to plan in the last couple of months, and neither is it how I normally would work!  I’ve been spending a lot more time on the allotment, especially with the veggies (time consuming little buggers), and sewing for Daughter No2, who isn’t at home and therefore makes it tricky to get photos of finished garments.  Today though, I’ve got a couple of items I made for myself.  A while ago I said I had plans to make another LB Pullover and possibly a Uvita Top.  Well, those have been made, and worn, and I only now have some photos for you.


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Uvita Top by Itch to Stitch

I have to admit, that as far as 3/4 sleeve tees go, I find it hard to beat the Uvita.  I’ve also used the Lark Tee with the 3/4 sleeve option, but the Uvita is just so easy to wear.  The fabric was bought from a fellow sewist who was using  Instagram to destash.  I think it was originally from Fabworks – a dusky blue and sort of beige stripe viscose jersey with good drape.  The only downside was its determination to curl to the right side – which made the neck treatment on the tee just ever so slightly tricky.  Let’s just say a tailor’s ham and lots of pins were used…

stripe uvita 2

stripe uvita 3
So easy to wear!

Then the LB Pullover – was there ever such a quick “sweatshirt” to make?  This is the size 14, I’d sized down from the original 16 some time ago, and I think it’s just right for me – for now.  Fabric came from Rosenberg & sons a couple of years ago, has a cool texture and is a lovely blue.  But then all blues are lovely.  I had intended to make some of these tops in linen over the summer, but I guess I’ll just have to get to that plan next year!

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Warm and cosy on a wet, rainy day!

Then the last of the “show-offs” for today are the trousers I made a few weeks ago, Burda 115 from May 2019.  I’m still on the wearable toile, haven’t found “proper” fabric yet, but I like the pants, style and fit.  I wasn’t sure about the big pleat in the front – but the other half has no problems in deciding.  He doesn’t like it.  So I have to ask, are pants with pleats on the front flattering to me, or not?


These are the size 42, with a leg length adjustment, 3cm shorter than the pattern was drafted.  Apologies for the photo quality, I’m using my phone’s forward camera and it’s not the best…




So – yes to the pleats, or no???

Author: Anne W

I love fabric, and sewing. And I could do nothing else but sew, all day, every day, if I could!

19 thoughts on “A Little Catch Up”

  1. Personally, I think you make them so well, you look amazing in any pants! Pleats or no pleats your skills are what really make these look awesome on you! Your toile looks wonderful! I LIKE them. But that’s joy one vote. 🙂

  2. Beautifully sewn as always, but personally not a fan of front pleats in pants.

  3. Nice tops, OK trousers, but it’s a no from me too for the pleated front. If it’s any consolation, it’s never worked on me too. Not when I was slim, not now I’m a barrel. I find that the front falls into weird folds and arrangements at the crotch, and I’m not wild on the effect lol

  4. I think the pants look old fashioned because of the fabric. If you like them you could try a more modern fabric? Cute tops. Both patterns are keepers.

  5. Another definite no for pleated trousers on me! For yourself… I’ve seen others that were more flattering. However, if you like them that’s all that matters❣️

  6. I love the pleat. I think the pants have an almost 1940’s ish style to them. Excellent work.

    1. Not sure about the trousers in that particular fabric – it skidded me straight back to the 80’s. I like pleats on trousers but I’m never sure about the results. Sorry – I’m no help at all!

  7. I am a pleated pant fan and I think these look great on you. The leg is such a nice shape and hangs so well and the pleats keep the fit close but comfortable. I definitely plan to make a pair of these for myself.

  8. I like them on you. The look is classic it then I was never a fan of low rise pants.

  9. I like the pleats and with the visible buttons they feel modern and edgy to me. As you know I’ll wear pleated trousers inspite of my pear shape and the conventional wisdom that says they are a no no for pears.

    1. If you like them go for it! I think they look good and pleated trousers are edging back into fashion. I agree with catherinedaze on a lower contrast with the buttons- but then I am not a fan of an exposed fly 🙂

  10. I am not a fan of pleated fronts. Buttons are too dark for these.. On the plus side you do sew up some lovely looking items. I guess it just depend on how they feel on you regardless of what anyone else thinks.

  11. I like the pleats. They’re very on trend. I’d consider moving them an inch or two closer to the fly though because that way they’ll break up the front view, distracting the eye and making you look slimmer. Perhaps equidistant between the fly and where the pocket meets the waistband would be the sweet spot?

  12. Love your outfit love it love your colors.i have not sewed in a long time. But enjoy looking at others people sewing. I have lots of very nice silk left over. Never could get any things made.so i will put online to sale.seamstress here in Chicago are not every day.

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