Doctor’s Orders

Back in the day when the doctors wrote their prescriptions, I can’t believe the pharmacists actually knew what was written!  The squiggles on the fabric remind me very much of those scribbled prescriptions.  😀  I give you my latest Olya Shirt, pattern from Paper Theory.  The fabric is a piece of cotton voile from Croft Mill fabrics, as mentioned in my last post.  It’s a very good price, and the fabric is the softest, drapiest ever!  It’s going to be lovely to wear in the summer….  But I will wear it now, just with a cami underneath and a jumper over the top – especially as I’m determined not to have the heating on unless I’m a shivering wreck!

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Paper Theory Olya shirt

olya 4

Most of the modifications were mentioned in the Work in Progress post, so this post covers the last minute changes in design direction, and of course, it’s for showing it off, all nice and finished!

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All the details

The selvedge has a lovely coloured edge, and I wanted to incorporate it into the top in some way.  I used the strips down the edges of the fabric already cut and added them to the collar stand to start, I thought it looked quite nice, giving myself the green light to do more.  So I cut a shorter piece and sewed it into inside seam of the buttonstand on the button side, just from the collar to the yoke joining seam.  I really like the way it looks!  It might be a monochromatic print, but there’s colour in there too!  I like this little bit of fluff, it makes my shirt even more personalised, and that’s what sewing is all about, right?

olya 2

Buttons are all from the stash, reused from one of hubby’s shirts that fell apart.  I had toyed with adding more of the selvedge to the cuffs.  For now they’re plain, but I might add a bit later as there’s plenty left!  I have about half a metre of the fabric leftover, I hope I can use it productively in another project, it would be a same to waste it.

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I love the pop of colour!

Next on the cutting table are two vintage projects for the girls.  One is a 70s jacket in chocolate brown fine whale corduroy, and another a pair of 80s pleated trousers in grey wool flannel.  I’ll let you guess which project is for which daughter!

Author: Anne W

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

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