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Knit Tops for Winter

One of my absolute favourite handmade garments to wear this year has been my linen Turia Dungarees. They are so easy and comfortable to throw on whilst still feeling like I’ve made some sort of effort style wise. I wore them all summer long with sandal…

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Completed: Black + Grey Flannel Archer

IT’S FLANNEL SEASON AGAIN, Y’ALL. I don’t like the cold – like, at all – but I do love the clothes that are associated with this season. Layers, textured fabrics, WOOL, dark colors and jewel tones… gimmie all of it. Flannel button-ups are at the top of my list. I love that they can be […]

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A new lease on life – Simplicity 1366

This fabric was made into a Maria Denmark Kristen Kimono Tee at the beginning of 2016 (post here). It got a lot of wear back then but not so much these days. I had bought a bit extra (like 90 cm) of the fabric as I wanted to remake the tee with a neckb…

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Rhonda’s Draped Cowl Sleeve – A Few Notes and Pictures

All summer it’s when a challenge to schedule photo shoots with my daughter photographer due to work schedules and other activities. But slowly and surely I’m trying to catch up with posting pictures of the garments that I’ve made this year.Today I wan…

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Rhonda’s Draped Cowl Sleeve – A Few Notes and Pictures

All summer it’s when a challenge to schedule photo shoots with my daughter photographer due to work schedules and other activities. But slowly and surely I’m trying to catch up with posting pictures of the garments that I’ve made this year.Today I wan…

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Something different, Butterick 5861 top in poly chiffon

Every once in a while I try to step out of my style rut. It could be trying a new silhouette, sometimes it means sewing up a different color than I would normally wear, or even a different fabric than I typically use. This blouse seems to fit into all …

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Tilly and the Buttons duo – Agnes top and Cleo dress

Autumnal greetings to you.  Today I’m showing you a t-shirt I have made for the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network.  It’s the Tilly and the Buttons Agnes top – a really useful pattern for a plain, long sleeved, scoop neck t-shirt.  My inner child chose some whale print fabric to make it in, and when making […]

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The Perfect Outfit: White Ginger Jeans + Denim Kalle Tunic

White Ginger Jeans + Denim Kalle Shirt/TunicThey said it couldn’t be done, and frankly, I’m just astonished as everyone who doubted me: it is an absolute

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Dotty Viscose Gypsy Swing Top

I had a good old chunk of this lovely monochrome dotty viscose left over from making my Nancy Dress and it’s been eyeing me up from my stash for a while now. I couldn’t bear to get rid of it as it is a great viscose challis, nice and matte with a beaut…

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Dotty Viscose Gypsy Swing Top

I had a good old chunk of this lovely monochrome dotty viscose left over from making my Nancy Dress and it’s been eyeing me up from my stash for a while now. I couldn’t bear to get rid of it as it is a great viscose challis, nice and matte with a beaut…

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Free Sewing Pattern – Simple Boat Neck Top Pattern

Free Sewing Pattern – Simple Boat Neck Top Pattern

PATTERN DETAILS This long sleeved, simple boat top can be made in only one hour –assuming you have a fully functioning sewing machine.  The top is comfortable to wear and very functional.  It can be worn in a wide variety of settings and complements all kinds of different looks. The simple boat neck top pattern […]

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Hadley Top from Grainline Studio in White Linen

Hadley Top + Morgan Jeans // Closet Case PatternsNext up in my series, “A million things I have sewn and not yet blogged”: the Hadley Top by Grainline

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McCalls 6794 top and some Eleonore jeans

I love a quick knit top, which is probably why my dresser is full of them, but there is just something a little classier about a top made from a woven fabric. It stops being “just a tee shirt” and, even in a casual, easy wearing style, becomes somethin…

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Ottobre 03/2014-16 sparkle tee!

My sassy girl recently outgrew her entire tee shirt drawer (conveniently timed for Top Month!), and there was much weeping and wailing as I “made” her get rid of many of her favorites. I told her to choose a few for me to recreate for her. One of those…

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Argentum

The fourth, and most definitely not the last version of this top, Burda 105 from February 2016.  This is the result of a nice big stash bust!  In moving fabric from the original stash position in my bedroom cupboard, to it’s new home in the guest room cupboard (until it has a “permanent” home in … Continue reading “Argentum”

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More summer wardrobe staples: Ogden Cami + Flint Pants

Flint Pants by Megan Nielsen and Ogden Cami by True Bias // Closet Case PatternsBefore I leave on vacation for a few weeks (much, much needed although Alexis is on duty if you need

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Chambray tunic top with bonus sparkle

This is one of those projects where I finish it, take some pictures, take a look and think “it looks better on the dress form than when I wear it.” Perhaps taking photos in the bright sunshine wasn’t the best idea – but hey it was 4th of July and I had a barbecue to get to!

Or maybe one of those items that looks better in real life than in the photos. Actually I think that is it. Although my sister did give me one of her quizzical looks, and say “hmmm, is that sparkly?” Why yes it is.  And her opinion was fairly evident in her tone – not a fan of my new sort-of sparkly top.

This was a case of off of the sewing machine and onto me. So I will play around with other things to wear it with. Perhaps even tucked into a skirt.

Here’s the dress form view.

chambray top front view on form

This fabric is something I looked at on more than one occasion at Stone Mountain, and finally decided to buy 1.25 yards to try and make a top of some kind. Not really sure if it is ideal for garment sewing but I washed and dried it and it softened up quite a bit. They also had it in a couple of neutral shades, kind of flax or linen colors which were interesting.

Inspiration for this top was something I saw at Talbots one day. And they send SO many catalogs in the mail…I should tell them to stop although it is useful to be able to tear things out and stick on my bulletin board.

chambray top inspo

chambray top and pool

Some sewing details. How to get a tunic top out of 1.25 yards of 45″ wide fabric: creative folding, which is something I do all the time. Since this fabric doesn’t have any nap or direction you can reverse the pattern pieces as shown.

chambray top cutting out

I used my basic tunic top pattern (an oldie, New Look 6677. blue eyelet version here and silk version here). I made copies of the front and back and then enlarged the neck opening a good bit, as it is kind of higher up than I would want for this version, since the original has a collar. Aligning the shoulder seams I made the neckband portion, and then for the front placket I just winged it based on some other things I have made. First I decided on the finished placket size and shape, and then added the seam allowanced. I decided to determine how long to make it once I tried the top on. For more info on creating this type of placket I wrote 2 posts for Craftsy a while ago on how to make a tunic top, part 1 and part 2 here.

chambray pattern pieces

On the top I saw at Talbots the edge on the placket was pleated, and I tried to do that but this fabric didn’t want to cooperate – it was just too bulky. So I hemmed one edge of strips and then gathered it onto the placket. I sewed it on once I got it to look even on both sides.

chambray top making placket

After sewing the placket onto top – right side to wrong on the inside, I cut the front V and then flipped it to the outside and stitched it down. Same technique I use on most tunic style tops I’ve made in the last few years.
Next, same idea with the neckband, stitch on right to wrong on the inside, then trim and flip to the outside. For the center edge I wasn’t quite sure how I would do that, this is my improvisational sewing so I just wing it as it go. In this case I trimmed, tucked the edge under and hand stitched it to hold in place and then topstitched all around.

neckband on chambray shirt

The armholes are finished with bias binding. I am including this photo so you can see just how sparkly this fabric is. And why it is ever so slightly scratchy, around the neck – after all, metallic threads.

stitching chambray top

Now that I am looking at these images I have decided that this is too long – it should be more like a top instead of tunic length. I might take it in on the sides just a bit also. The fabric is slightly more stiff than plain chambray would be – all those metallic threads provide a slight aluminum foil quality 🙂 My other versions of this top have been in silk so a lot more flowy and they drape better.

chambray top on steps

Insides. I do really like this method for tops where there is no facing or anything on the inside, a very neat finish.

chambray top inside view

chambray top side view

Yeah, needs a little further adjustment for shape and length. Although it would be cute if I lengthened it to dress length. Idea for future. **

chambray top in shade

So that’s it for my sparkly chambray top. I think with a few fixes it t will be just right with some white jeans.

Today was another of our glorious (ha ha be careful what you wish for) 104˚F days, so I spent the afternoon at my parent’s house swimming in the pool pictured above. And though about how as a teenager would get out of the pool, go into the boiling house (un-airconditioned in those days) to finish sewing something that I just had to have for that evening’s social event. Can I say that made me the stitcher that I am today? Or just that I was cuckoo for sewing? Some things never change – but I’m glad for the AC now on a day like today.

Up next – my sewing for the Stone Mountain Fabrics Summer of Love theme. Check out this blog post to read about the history of this wonderful store and also the Summer of Love.   I absolutely love what I made with a special fabric which I got there recently so I’ll post that soon.

Stay cool everybody – enjoy the summer sewing as well as all the rest that summer brings.
Beth

Here’s today’s garden photo – it’s dahlia time so another one for you. 



dahlias etc

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Hummingbird print Scout Tee

Last month when I went to the Sew Up North meet up, I was very restrained when it came to buying fabric.  I don’t like having a big stash of fabric – it stresses me out if I can’t just sew up what I’ve got, and it makes me feel somewhat unproductive.  As we wandered […]

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Pattern Review : Rebecca Page Madison Blouse

Pattern name: Rebecca Page Madison Blouse  (formerly Mummykins and Me Patterns) Size range (with measurements):  XXS – 5XL (Bust sizes 30 – 54, the 5XL for reference would be a size 3XL in target’s plus size brand Ava & Viv) What size did you make? I made the size 3XL What are your measurements, height, and body type? Bust…

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Red Merino Aomori Twist Top

The new Sakura collection from Papercut Patterns had me weak at the knees when it was released earlier this month. I was seriously resenting the fact that a very busy month at work was going to give me limited to no sewing time! Knowing that I wasn’t g…

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Red Merino Aomori Twist Top

The new Sakura collection from Papercut Patterns had me weak at the knees when it was released earlier this month. I was seriously resenting the fact that a very busy month at work was going to give me limited to no sewing time! Knowing that I wasn’t g…

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Tilly and the Buttons Coco Top

I’m always trying to squeeze garments out of pieces of fabric that are too small.  I had some fabric leftover from my Colette Moneta dress, which I decided to get a Coco top out of to wear under one of my many dungaree dresses!  I had to get creative with the cutting layout as usual, […]

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Pattern Review: In the Folds Collins Top

I’ve been eyeing In the Folds patterns for a while now. An indie out of Sydney (tehehe that has a nice ring to it), they’re the creators of the Rushcutter and the Acton dresses, as well as a line of free but straight-sized garments for Peppermint Magazine. I’m a fan of the all the paneling…

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Pattern Review: Schnittchen Betty Top (Plus Size Edition)

  This is a perfect example of when the stars align! I was in the midst of browsing through Schnittchen’s plus size pattern selection when I was asked if I would like to do a review of the Betty Top. Ummmmm… of course I would!!! First let’s talk about the company. Schnittchen is a Germany based company…

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McCall 6752 and Vogue 1355 – Two Favorites

So often I’ve stated that I will make something again. Sometimes it’s soon after the first time I use the pattern.  And then other times it’s months or even years later before I pull that “liked” pattern out again.  It’s a breeze to layout th…

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McCall 6752 and Vogue 1355 – Two Favorites

So often I’ve stated that I will make something again. Sometimes it’s soon after the first time I use the pattern.  And then other times it’s months or even years later before I pull that “liked” pattern out again.  It’s a breeze to layout th…

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Glitter Star Print Linden Sweatshirt

Earlier in the year I went to visit a friend in London and we went to the Spring Knitting and Stitching Show at Kensington Olympia, where I treated myself to some lovely glittery stars sweatshirt fabric to make a second Grainline Linden sweatshirt.  I made my last one in September and I’ve worn it quite […]

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Lago Tank -Free pattern from Itch to stitch

This pattern is a stash buster and it is a winner in the category " instant gratification" and to make it even better, the latest pattern from Itch to Stitch is free . You can download the Lago from the Itch to Stitch shop here .

Even if it is free I must assure you that the pattern is fully tested as all the other Itch to Stitch patterns are. The pattern comes in 00-20 sizes and

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Lago Tank -Free pattern from Itch to stitch

This pattern is a stash buster and it is a winner in the category " instant gratification" and to make it even better, the latest pattern from Itch to Stitch is free . You can download the Lago from the Itch to Stitch shop here .

Even if it is free I must assure you that the pattern is fully tested as all the other Itch to Stitch patterns are. The pattern comes in 00-20 sizes and

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Fade to Grey

I’ve been making lots of grey items this year, it’s a colour I really like, especially for the winter.  It’s going to be overtaken by blue for the spring and summer soon!  Back in January, or maybe even February, I finally made the Lark Tee.  It had been on the list to make last Spring, … Continue reading “Fade to Grey”

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