Beach Cool

Carbis Bay Beach & the Beach Bar
Carbis Bay Beach & the Beach Bar

Holidays, looked forward to with such excitement, they’re always over too quickly!  I thought I’d share with you another knit top I made just before my holiday.  I decided to give the Tessuti Mandy Boat Neck Tee a try after seeing a couple of versions on Instagram.  As a free pattern I figured it couldn’t hurt.  I downloaded and printed the copy shop version not fancying taping paper together again.  I had only one concern – the one size fits all.  After my attempt to make a boxy tee with both the Japanese book, She Wears The Pants and the Hot Patterns massive tee, I was a little cautious.  But not that cautious.

I’d bought a couple of metres of a lovely viscose stripe jersey from John Lewis in Solihull earlier in the year, it’s one of those narrow stripes that gives you a strobing headache if you look at the stripes too closely for too long!  I had thought to make another Thread Theory Camas blouse with it, but the fabric was making eyes at my newly printed Mandy pattern, so I went for it!

Tessuti Mandy Tee
Tessuti Mandy Tee

I really like the finished result. I have only two things to alter for next time, and there will be a next time!  I need the sleeves to be a tad wider.  I checked the measurements before I cut the pattern and thought there’d be enough give in the fabric, but there wasn’t.  Then there’s the tendency for these sorts of tops to want to strangle me.  I have two similar items I bought from H&M before Christmas that aren’t as bad because their necklines are rounder, but they do still slip backwards & I frequently have to tug them forward again.  So I need to recut the front neckline a little lower/rounder.

DSC_0112-1I think next time I’ll use a contrasting fabric for the sleeves, I like the look of it on the model on the front of the pattern.  There is enough of this stripe for another top, and I could use the navy viscose jersey from the Camas Blouse I made earlier in the year.  If I want another top that strobes like this!

DSC_0123-1I’ve worn it quite a lot now, the colours fit into my summer wardrobe perfectly and I rather like wearing it with the trouser form the previous post, the narrower upper leg looks less chunky than the trousers I’m wearing in these photos.  We had a late afternoon walk on the beach at Carbis Bay after wandering around St Ives, finishing with sundowners (except there was no sun) in the Beach Bar.  They served a killer gin & tonic, just wish I could remember what it was!!

DSC_0120-1DSC_0122-1I still need to show you guys the prom dress, I did take some photos on the night with my phone, but Daughter No 2 was rather nervous with her date around and didn’t want to pose for me!  Since coming aback from holiday we’ve done a lot of clearing and cleaning out.  When you’re in a holiday let that’s all clean and clutter free and lovely, and you come home to a much more full house with much more “stuff”, it’s really tempting to chuck it all out!  Of course, we don’t live in a holiday flat, and I certainly don’t sew there!!  🙂

But I have had a tidy and managed to clear a huge backlog of mending this week.  We also bought a very cool mid-century sideboard that will be going in my room for taking all the sewing stuff that exploded out of my cupboard and litters the sewing and cutting table.  And under the sewing and cutting tables…

I really do need a dedicated, close the door and leave it all out space in which to sew.  One day.