So it was my birthday yesterday. I’m not a big birthday person, but I had planned a rather large 35th birthday party for tonight to compensate from my crappy 30th, where I found myself unexpectedly pregnant and the designated driver for my own wild party – worst night ever!!
Unfortunately though, kiddie sickness has foiled my great plans and the party has now been cancelled. While I am a bit bummed, I’m kinda glad that I don’t have to clean my house or cater for the 50 or so people that were going to come. I’ve also gone on an online spending spree to help ease my disappointment and I do feel better.
The school holidays in NSW are almost over and I haven’t posted many finished garments, but that doesn’t mean that I haven’t been sewing them. My sister from Toronto has been here with my two nephews, so we’ve been away with them and I have spent a fair amount of time sewing for her, which I will post about shortly.
I have managed a few items for myself though. Including this new Burda wrap blouse 04/2014 #115 in Liberty!
My sister introduced me to this Liberty print which is called English Field. While I did look briefly at this print when the Liberty Spring 2014 collection was released, it didn’t grab me as a print to snap up. It is often hard to understand the scale of Liberty prints online as often only small swatches of the fabric are photographed for web stores. It wasn’t until my sister pointed me towards this top at Anthropologie
, that I realised that I needed this print! My sister snapped her piece up from Shaukat,
but by the time I’d realised I wanted some, it was sold out, so this piece is from The Workroom
in Toronto and I believe this was the end of bolt, so they now have none too.
I was planning on trying to copy the Anthropologie blouse, but really couldn’t be bothered drafting a nicely fitted drop shoulder blouse. This wrap blouse is an easy alternative. It’s a classic boxy shape, but still has a small twist with the wrap front to add a little interest.
The pattern came together without a hitch. The only change I made was to add a wedge to the centre back as the top was a little tight around the back.
I love the boxy style of this shirt. It looks awesome with skinny jeans and I’m planning on making a denim pencil skirt, like the Anthro picture, which should also look good.
Now if you’ve made it this far, I guess you are wondering about the giveaway. It’s been a while since I’ve held one here on my blog and I don’t think I have anything in my stash that I’m willing to give up. I’m kinda greedy like that. So instead, to celebrate my birthday I’m going to offer an indie pattern of the winners choice from the Australian indie pattern web store Sew Squirrel
. Sarah runs this store from home with her new little baby and I’ve always been happy with her range and speedy delivery. Check out her pattern range here
– perhaps you like the new Colette
patterns or one of those hot By Hand London
ones – so many to choose from!
To enter and help me celebrate my birthday pity party, simply comment and tell me your crappiest birthday story. I think birthday celebrations for me are doomed, but hopefully I’ll get a good giggle from the entries!
Edited to add: I’ll draw a winner on Wednesday at 8:30pm Sydney time. So this is fair, I will pick at random (I think that keeps it fair). So please share your funny story!
Giveaway closed – thanks!
Fabric: Liberty English Field in mustard, from sister = Free
Thread from stash