summer

Willow and Co. Persimmon Tunic

I’m sure you’ve seen that the ladies at Willow and Co. are running a Back to School sewing competition. It finishes today…. I seem to be good at being motivated by deadlines πŸ˜‰

I still have a couple of Willow and Co patterns from their first collection that I am yet to blog. One of these is the Persimmon Dress and Tunic – honestly, I was waiting for the weather to improve here before making this super summery pattern. You could say I got a little excited with the lovely spring-like weather we had this past week, winter was all but forgotten as we swapped coats for tees. Unfortunately it was a little hasty as the rain has returned – bleuh. So please excuse the indoor photos, I’m seriously a novice at indoor pics.

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I’m loving this pattern – it’s by the super talented Hayley of Welcome to the Mouse House. I made a size 4 tunic length for my just turned 3 year old. She is broad in the chest and I was also hoping to make something that will fit through summer. There are options for a facing or full lining. I chose a full lining, using plain white cotton, as the navy fabric is a bit see-through. The only change I made to the pattern was to make the straps a continuous piece, instead of having them tie at the shoulders.

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This was one of those project where I readily wasn’t sure that this fabric combination was going to work. I had my doubts right up until the end – but now it’s finished, I really like it. The bird fabric is “Wing Song” Garden Wall Collection by Laura Gunn for Michael Miller. I happened to come by some small pieces of this fabric – none more than 40cms wide. There was not enough for any garment that required cutting on the fold, but the Persimmon’s design is perfect for using up smaller pieces of your special fabrics. The navy spot was left over from the Mara blouse I made recently.

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Phew, just made another deadline.

There are some beautiful creations already entered into the competition, you can check them out here. I hear the Willow and Co. ladies are working on a new collection – so right there is my motivation to get the rest of the collection sewn up already.

How about you, are you a deadline driven person like me?

 

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Hanging on to summer – the Tessuti Valerie Top

As summer slowly edges away from us here in the southern hemisphere, I’m doing all I can to hold on to it a bit longer. I spotted this floral rayon in a local fabric shop a few weeks ago and it was one of those purchases where I had no real project in mind. I was tossing up between a Wiksten tank or a Scout tee. The lovely ladies on Instagram gave me some great suggestions too, but ultimately I wanted to try something a bit different. I hadn’t sewn any patterns from Tessuti before and here was a great opportunity.

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This is the Valerie Top – a lovely floaty A-line top with interesting gathered darts in the front and back. I have to say that this may just be the most comfortable top I own.

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The Pros: This is a straightforward project and quick to sew. I had it done from pattern purchase to completion in one day. The more I wear this top the more I love it.

The Cons: Be aware that the armhole is deep – there is a bit of bra on show. I took a photo to show you.

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Sizing: My bust, waist, hip measurements put me in a S-M-M, but because of the floaty nature of the top I thought I could get away with a straight small. I sewed up the straight size small and I was swimming in it – I have taken about an inch off both of the side seams and could probably have taken a bit more.

Will I sew this pattern again? Definitely! I’m thinking of a black version with a statement necklace to wear out to dinner.

Want to see more Valerie tops? Rachel made a lovely version hereΒ and Lara’s great pink version is here.

I guess I should think about sewing for Autumn now. How about you?

My ‘finish what you started’ challenge part 2, the striped kimono.

If you’re anything like me, you have about 100 things on the go at once at this time of the year. Although things have been a bit quiet here on the blog, there has been plenty of making going on. I’ve been busy with a coveted pattern tester role for the lovely Elisa of Charming Doodle and I’m participating in Kelli’s Ornament Exchange (more on both of these projects soon).

So what is one to do when coming up for air between these projects and the very long list of teacher gifts, Christmas presents and other assorted projects…… throw some selfish sewing into the mix of course!!

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I needed a quick and easy project to give my mood a lift. I’ve had this light voile (I think its voile but I’m just guessing) in my stash for a while. I picked it up from the clearance table of my local Spotlight thinking it would become something to wear for out Port Douglas holiday. Well that holiday was last August….but better late than never, hence why this is part of my ‘finish what you started’ challenge. If you missed part 1 of this challenge, you can catch it here, but basically I have challenged myself to get through the long list of projects for which I already have fabric and patterns. The list is long my friends.

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This is such a quick, easy and satisfying project. There is no pattern, but I followed this tutorial from Leanne of Elle Apparel. Leanne always looks amazing and her kimono is just gorgeous. While I followed her tutorial as written this time, I found her method of sleeve insertion (sewing up the side seams then inserting the already sewn together sleeve into the sleeve hole) didn’t really work for me, (I used French seams and overcomplicated things for myself I think) so next time I’ll attach the sleeve prior to sewing up the side seam.

What? Overcomplicate a super simple sewing project? I can and I certainly did πŸ™‚

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I love this kimono for adding a splash of colour to an otherwise everyday outfit. Now that I’ve made this muslin version, I’ll be investing in some more luxurious fabric for the next one. Ok, I’m heading back to my holiday preparations. How are yours going? Any selfish sewing going on?