Anyone would think that I’ve been sewing up a storm lately, but alas, these are mostly just catch up posts – left over from our last school holidays.
One of my recent makes though, is this black ponte Lark tee. As with all Grainline patterns, I am quite happy with the design. I did find that a little more width across the shoulders would be good, but I doubt its a drafting issue, its more likely that my fabric was more stable than a normal tee shirt knit. I love the more structured look of this tee. The black ponte was from Tessuti, a birthday gift from my friend (blogless) Rachel.
To achieve a boxier look, I cut the body of the tee straight from the underarm to the hem, not along the waist shaping.
As you can see from these photos, I have recently joined team culottes and I’m quite surprised to be there. I’m not terribly keen on watching fashion and don’t shop often, so didn’t realise that they had crept into mainstream shops.
To tell you the truth, they have been quite a contentious wardrobe addition. My husband and many friends have voiced their disapproval (I have quite a vocal group of friends), but I love them. The are super stretchy and easy to wear at school. Now, don’t scroll back on my blog. You haven’t missed an earlier post about them. You see, I didn’t make them! I found myself shopping with my mum during the holidays for my birthday and saw them at Uniqlo. Originally I thought I’d try them on to see if they were my style – you know testing a look before sewing them. Obviously, one of the most disspointing things about sewing is trying to sew a new style, putting in hours of effort in fitting and finish, only to find that it just doesn’t suit you – ack! Such a pain!
So after trying them on and realising they weren’t that expensive, I just couldn’t justify saying ‘no’. Sometimes it’s just not cost effective to make an item. I would have had to purchase fabric and pattern, and then there’s the time. Feel free to add to the ‘yay’ or ‘nay’ culottes argument in the comments section 🙂
I have also recently made a silk scarf from a really lush silk CDC from Tessuti. Scarves have become my go to accessory for work. While all those chunky necklaces look great, I find that they often knock my kindy kids on the head when I mark their work or help them. Worse, I’ve even caught a kiddo’s pair of glasses with my necklace as I was rushing around to help.
The silk is 140cm wide and I purchased half a meter. When I got home, I realised that I only need about 30cm for a scarf, so I have enough left over (with a slight over measure) to make a gift for someone. Now I know many people hand turn the hems of their silk scarves, but I just ironed a rolled hem and sewed with my machine. I really love the colours of this scarf and can’t wait to make more for Winter.
While I’m catching up on finished items, I also made a striped Lark during the holidays with some ponte from The Remnant Warehouse.
I love how versatile this tee is – perfect to wear with cullottes 🙂 but also great for dressing down on a cooler soccer morning with the kids.