New trousers: Papercut Patterns Palisade pants and repeat Alexandrias

That’s a lot of alliteration! I guess Papercut Patterns must have realized this when they came up with the name. I bought this pattern when the collection first came out as they reminded me a little of the Named Alexandria pants, which I loved and have been wearing tons since I made them (hence the second pair at the end of this post).

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I have quite a few Papercut patterns in my stash as I very much like their style, but haven’t actually made too many of them yet. In fact I think I’ve only used the Anima pants pattern for my mother, and the Kyoto tee for myself, which I adored. Another pattern that’s on the “I REALLY must make another” TNT list. Oh yes. Anyway, this pair of pants has everything I was after for a comfortable spring wardrobe staple: an elasticated back for some comfort, but a flat front for shape, interesting details, such as the pocket shape, the front leg centre seam and, overall, a style that’s somewhere between casual and more formal, thanks to details like the faux fly.

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New tops: Liesl + Co. Breezy Blouse 1 + 2 with mods

The new spring patterns from Liesl + Co. came out a few weeks ago and they are a lovely modern, streamlined lot. My own spring/summer wardrobe could certainly do with some coordinating pieces and the Breezy Blouse has an easy shape with some nice creative possibilities.

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I ended up making two: this double-pink affair, which I guess you could say is a wearable muslin, and then a second rayon challis Les Fleurs version, which I first slightly modified the shape of and then added waist ties to. You can read about both of them over at the Oliver + S blog, where I’ve posted as part of Liesl Gibson’s Advisor’s Circle, including the simple steps I took to make the variation blouse.

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Me Made May 2019: the results are in…

As always, it’s time for a round-up post on Me-Made May 2019: I find these useful and have looked over the previous summations as well, which always puts things into a bit of perspective. This is the third year I’ve done this and it’s been an interesting one (not least because I have been saying all along it was the fourth year I’ve done it. Funny how your mind plays tricks on you. It’s not like three is a big number to count to). The first two can be condensed into this following essence(s) (an eau de Me-Made-May, if you will):

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New shirt: Blank Slate Novelista for #sewmystyle May

I’m one of the hosts for the May edition of Sew My Style and this month the theme is button-ups – one of my favourites. I decided to make the Novelista shirt by Blank Slate. Being a curvier gal with a large bust, the princess lines really appealed to me and I’d heard good things from other gals blessed with maximum mammaries.

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The Novelista shirt is quite a classic shirt, with a two-piece collar and a larger collar than that of, say, the Melilot or the Perkins, which is the type of collar I’ve been encountering recently. It looks quite 70s to me when it’s open, (which is not necessarily a bad thing!) but took me a minute to get used to. I also wasn’t sure it would look very good buttoned up, but actually I like it! It has a choice of long or short sleeves and two different backs: a regular shirttail back and a crossover back, which is a little more unusual. I went for the short sleeves and the regular back as my fabric has a little crispness and I felt the crossback halves might not sit too flat.

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Sew my Style May 2019: Buttonhole tips and tricks

Hi everyone! I’m one of the hosts for this month’s button-ups and wanted to write a quick post supplementing the great info already posted in May.Β  I’m taking a quick look at buttonholes since we’re getting close to the end of the month and this is one of the final things you’ll do on your shirt. I’m just about finished with my Novelista, which I’m making out of this popping Nani Iro pochi fabric.

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Creating buttonholes and adding buttons strikes fear into the heart of many a sewist – and I understand why – I used to be exactly the same (and occasionally still am if it’s a treasured piece of fabric!). But really, there’s nothing to worry about. A bit of practice with your machine and a few little tips will get you well on the way to perfect buttonholes. So without further ado, here are some of my favourite buttonhole and button tips and tricks when making a button-up: Continue reading “Sew my Style May 2019: Buttonhole tips and tricks”

Spring/Summer 2019 wardrobe planning

Yes indeedy, it is pretty late in the day to be posting this, given that it’s mid-May, but here we are anyway. It’s a good record for me and also a reminder if and when I get completely distracted by bright shiny new patterns in the sewing community as I’m wont to do. The collection, if you will, (is that a knobby thing to call it?) has changed a few times over the weeks, but what I have here is where I’m at with it all.

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I had planned to do Seamwork’s Design Your Wardrobe or similar again this year, but just didn’t find the spare time to go through that. Nevertheless, I definitely felt the need for some sort of plan. I have plenty of wardrobe orphans and I’ve also put on a few pounds since this time last year, so some of my favourite makes are a little tight on me right now… *sob*… which has become only more obvious since Me-Made-May started as I can’t really wear a few of them. Continue reading “Spring/Summer 2019 wardrobe planning”

New trousers: Ninni culottes in stripes

This was one of those projects that snuck into my queue, leapfrogged over the others and wham-bam-thank-you-ma’am was in my wardrobe before you could blink. Well, sort of. I have visitors coming to stay and a couple of small deadlines, so I decided to start batch-cutting projects so I could keep the kitchen area clear (where I do my cutting) for more than 2 days at a time. I’ve been focusing on a spring/summer wardrobe plan, as yet unblogged, that features a number of pairs of trousers and skirts as I am really lacking those in my me-made collection. I hadn’t, however, accounted for any wide-legged trousers in my plans and when the warm weather hit and I started to see them appearing on Instagram, I decided it might be an idea to add some.

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New shirt: Ensemble Patterns Perkins blouse

I love patterns, but there aren’t many that make me buy them STRAIGHT AWAY. The day after, yes, or maybe even on launch day. But not immediately. I bought the Perkins shirt by Ensemble Patterns approximately 4 and a half minutes after viewing it on Instagram. I just loved the shape of the gathered sleeves and the yoke. I wasn’t too sure whether it was really for my shape, given that it was oversized with no waist shaping, but I didn’t really care.

There aren’t too many blog posts about this shirt that I’ve found. Anna from Noodlehead has made an electric blue version to die for and the rest of the examples I found were on Instagram. This is classed as an intermediate pattern and I think it deserves the classification, so I’ve made a few notes on construction, in case any beginners fancy taking it on and it helps.

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New skirt: Alina Sewing Chi-Town Chinos skirt for #sewmystyle2019 April

April brings us onto trousers/pants month for Sew My Style 2019, but I decided to make the skirt version of the Alina Sewing & Design Co. Chi-Town Chinos pattern. The original pattern is actually for shorts and/or a skirt, with the expansion pack giving you the full-length trouser version. Interesting, as I thought chinos were usually full-length trousers anyway – you learn something new every day!

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Anyway, I felt that my wardrobe was in need of a short skirt staple pattern rather than a more formally-shaped trouser right now, so this definitely appealed to me. It’s an interesting skirt too, as it’s designed to sit below the natural waist. It’s described as mid-rise, but I’m going to say it might be closer to low-rise or at least somewhere between. I put one of the model pics here, because this person has a very different shape to me, but I would say her shorts look fairly low-rise as well, no? Continue reading “New skirt: Alina Sewing Chi-Town Chinos skirt for #sewmystyle2019 April”

New top: Scout tee with a petal sleeve

Hi folks! A short post today with a new Scout tee I made recently during a hacking class at Drygoods Design. I’ve been meaning to whip up some more since I wear my first two all the time – and since this was the suggested pattern for the class, I signed up in two minutes flat. One of my personal goals this year is also to learn a bit more about adapting patterns and trying out a few new ideas here and there. Since I was using this rather lovely Les Fleurs pale blue City Toile lawn, which included a little cityscape of New York, I was totally planning to take some blog pics there on a recent vacation, but, alas, I just couldn’t get it finished in time.

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