Top No. 64

My sewing motivation has plummeted of late. I pretty much haven’t sewn anything for 2 weeks, although I have been buying fabric 🙂 If it wasn’t for a backlog of finished projects, this blog would be quite inactive. This top has been completed for a month or so. I’ve been waiting for the weather to cool down to wear it.

This is Top No. 64 from Merchant and Mills. I purchased this pattern last year, but didn’t make it up as the weather warmed up faster than I expected and I didn’t need any warm tops. The pattern is quite interesting and I like the pocket and paneled details, which you can barely see in these crappy indoor, night time photos.

For my first Top No. 64 (odd pattern name) I used a lovely mid weight ponte that I purchased on sale from Pitt Trading. It’s a very deep purple and black marle with a slight shimmer (I also used this fabric here). I used the fabric reverse, which is slightly more dull, on the sleeves and the bottom panel which created a very subtle contrast detail.

I only just realised that this is quite an expensive pattern. I must have forgotten. I think it would work as a short sleeve top for summer or possibly in a light weight woven in summer too. I need to get more value from this pattern, so you will see it again. 🙂

Pattern: Merchant and Mills Top No.64 from Stitch 56 = $30 inc postage
Fabric: 1.3m ponte on sale $14
Thread from stash
Total: $42


Like all the other sewing mums with a little girl, I made an Elsa costume. I finished this weeks ago, but have been struggling to photograph Adele in it. She went through an intense Frozen stage that lasted only a few weeks, but it now seems to have passed. To prove my photography challenge, I have 15 photos that look like this.

 And only one that looks like this. How sweet does she look?!! Shame it’s all an act!

I’m happy with her moving on from the Frozen obsession as I am terribly sick of hearing her rendition of “Let it go,”  – which goes “Let it go! Let it go! I want you to win that prize!” over and over. Then when I ask her to stop, it becomes “Let it go, Let it go, I want you to smell that fart!” She’s such a delightful child.

Adele and I picked this fabric during a very retrained trip to Spotlight, during which I purchased only the fabric for this dress, sports fabric to make bibs for Oliver’s soccer team and fancy dance fabric for the school’s dance group. Adele’s dress fabric is a polyester velvet fabric with silver swirls on it. The cape is tulle with silver stars. Both were deemed very ‘Elsa-ish’ by the delightful one.

I used an existing dress pattern for the sizing, which I think may have been the Heidi and Finn cowl neck dress. The cape is a rectangle, the width of the fabric, which was gathered and basted along the shoulder seams and neck line prior to construction. This worked really well and if I ever make a dress up again, I’ll also do this.
For the record, here’s a photo of one of the bibs I made for Oliver’s soccer team. He styled this photo himself. Clearly I do not have the same photography issues with my boys.
The bibs are more like netball bibs, just a hemmed rectangle attached with thick elastic at the sides and fold over elastic around the neck. 
The boys tend to appreciate the clothes that I make them more than Adele, but Adele demands more. I feel that I’ve done enough sewing for the kids for now though 🙂 Have you completed any selfless sewing lately?

Blogger Knock-Off! Simplicity 2603

On my recent trip to Melbourne, I was fortunate enough to see Leith’s new Style Arc Harper cardigan in person before it was blogged. Seriously, I wanted to rip that thing from her back as she sat in front of me! Leith has such a good eye for patterns and colours that suit her and need to channel some of that style for moi!

Here’s my knock off of Leith’s Harper jacket. It is different, but I am happy with my version. Obviously Leith used the Style Arc Harper pattern for her’s, but as I was feeling hesitant to part with any more money after my spendy trip to Melbourne, I chose instead to modify my existing copy of Simplicty 2603 (now OOP) .

I have made Simplicity 2603 before here. Unfortunately the fabric I used was horrible. It was a terribly scratchy, thick wool/poly knit from Spotty and felt uncomfortable against my skin. To modify the pattern, I simply cut the front panels of this original cardigan until it looked somewhat like Leith’s Harper.

The fabric I used for this cardigan is a super soft merino from The Fabric Store. I purchased it in Melbourne while shopping with Rachel and Leith. I love this deep purple/plum colour, though I wish I’d have been a little more adventurous.

Oh well, I guess I can always make another!

I hope you have a great weekend!

Pattern: Simplicity 2603, used before = Free
Fabric: 1.5m merino from The Fabric Store, on sale = $30
Thread from stash
Total: $30

‘Pick-Up Sticks’ Camber

Well here’s a bold dress!! I made it yesterday morning as my husband was out all day playing golf. Seriously – best – day – eva!! The kids were awesome and we just hung out and had fun.

I’ve made the Camber before a few times so this this was fast to make. I ended up extending the front darts a little on this one and taking in some volume in the back too. I also played with the pattern placement on the back yoke, because that’s what I do 🙂

The fabric is from Tessuti. It’s a Japanese cotton called Pick-Up Sticks. The black colour way is sold out online, but the red is still available.

I think this dress is exceptionally bold, but I shortened the hem as much as possible to reduce it’s wildness. Does it work?

I think it will look cool with tights, boots and a orange cardigan for work.

Pattern: Merchant and Mills Camber, used before = Free
Fabric 1.2m Japanese cotton from Tessuti = $30
Thread from stash
Total: $30