Just Like Heaven

 

My terracotta journey continues!  The guys at Rainbow Fabrics must have thought I was going mad last year when my order consisted of terracotta coloured everything:  linen, brushed cotton twill, viscose woven and viscose jersey!  They’re all slightly different shades, but essentially will fulfill my desire for a neutral with pop.  On ordering the viscose jersey, I already knew exactly what I would be making – and that’s the only piece of fabric that had a definite plan!

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Self-drafted cowl tee

A few years ago, probably more than I’d like to think, I made a pattern for a cowl drape tee, from my own tee block.  Unfortunately I have none of the original notes or experiment pattern pieces, but I did find that the instructions that yeilded the best pattern actually came from a menswear pattern drafting book!  Now, I’ve never seen a guy wearing a cowl drape tee, and I’m not sure it’s an image that sits gently on the mind….  Although maybe if it’s a high cowl – but not as deep as mine! (apparently, men’s cowl neck tees are a thing!!)

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According to the notes on the front piece of my pattern, this is version 3.  I seem to remember trying out different cowl depths to get it just right, but that was for the stable knit I was going to be using, this is going to be different!  The original tee is made from a stable knit and has three quarter length sleeves.  This time I wanted long sleeves, that’s an easy adjustment.  I knew the fibre content of the jersey would have a big impact on the look of the drape, and I was quite excited to get on and make and wear it!

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I am completely in love with the result!  The colour is better than I’d imagined, even with similarly coloured hair!  I’d always avoided the “autumn” colour pallette, because I can’t  couldn’t stand orange (or any of the other warm shades).  But I have to admit, this works, although you won’t see me embracing orange-orange just yet!  (or yellow…)  Mind officially blown guys.  The jersey is just devine, it fells like silk!  Knowing how drapey viscose jersey is, I reinforced the shoulder seams with vilene bias tape, and extended that courtesy to the back neckline too.  It was made on the overlocker, using the twin needle on the sewing machine for hems.

Now I’m off to wear my new tee with everything, I just hope it’s not a pain to iron….

Stashbust – Day to Night Drape Top

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I am managing – just – to keep sewing through my stash.  The Maria Denmark Day to Night Drape Top doesn’t require much fabric so it’s perfect for using up bits!  This top uses up the last of what feels like metres & metres of John Kaldor print viscose jersey.  I’ve made two tops for me, a dress for a friend and this top and I finally have only little bits left!  I love the way this jersey drapes and it makes a much better top than the poly-jerseys that I used for Daughter No1’s versions.  Needless to say, Daughter No2 loves the top, and plans to wear it loads, even though it’s getting cold & the top has no sleeves.

Construction wise, I only used the clear elastic on the back neckline and simply turned under the allowance on the armholes.  It definitely makes for a neater finish with no pulling or unnecessary stretching.  Only using the sewing machine for the elastic and twin needle for the hems & armholes, the overlocker makes this top such a quick & easy make.

I can see this being a much used pattern, especially as it uses so little fabric!  I might make both girls a sparkly number for Christmas if I can find the right stretch & sparkle.

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I took advantage of Pendle Stitches‘ fabric de-stash (sale) and bought three pieces of really lovely fabric that arrived on Friday.  On showing Daughter No2 my haul & offering her the lot, she decided pretty much instantly on what she wanted, so the next couple of projects will be vintage, or modern patterns with hints of the vintage look she’s after.

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