Elsie Overshirt

Ooooh, dats a nice lookin’ shirt!


The Elsie Overshirt is a Style Arc pattern that I purchased for this fabric. I really wanted a loose, longer shirt to wear specifically with these jeans. They are a wee bit too tight, not uncomfortable, just really stretchy and fitted. I know they don’t look bad, but I just wanted something to cover my bumba.


As you can see, this shirt works a treat.

I really wanted a clean finish for the shirt, so tried to avoid any visible stitching. The pattern calls for the button and collar bands to be attached and serged, but I attached, turned them under and hand stitched them in place. I repeated this for the cuffs. I chose to use snaps along the button bands, so there are teeny, tiny stitched crosses which you can see that attach these. I just couldn’t think of a way of closing the front of the shirt without showing any stitching at all. Can you?


I forgot to photograph them, but I have added the loops to roll up the sleeves. As I thought the fabric was loud enough I didn’t add the pockets.

I’m really amazed at how well this shirts fits. I made a straight size 8 and the shoulders are puuurfect! The sleeves are perfect, the length is perfect and I adore the notched neck/button band.


The fabric is a really lovely quality silk that I purchased from Pitt Trading last year. It has a cross hatched like weave running though it which made it incredibly an stable fabric to work with.

I adore this shirt and it’s already getting quite a work out.



Green Spotty Top

You know when you see a lush fabric is a store and you want to buy it but it’s really, really not your colour? Well this one got over the line even though I DON’T like green. The sales assistant encouraged me a little, and here I have one of the first items I have ever made in green.

This silk fabric was picked up from The Fabric Store in Sydney. It’s a Kate Spade silk and it’s really substantial, more like a sateen in weight.


I really wanted a boxy top and I succeeded in making one, but unfortunately, I’m not 100% in love with it. This lack of love, I find, often comes about for me when a make isn’t as straightforward as I would like it. Do you find that? More work and reverse sewing = less love?

I really didn’t want to break up those giants spots, so tried to use Simplicity 1366, which is a Cynthia Rowley pattern. I’ve had some success with this pattern in the past, but always with drapier fabrics. This pattern did not work with this fabric. The shoulders appeared large and it bubbled around the armpits. Naturally, I had very carefully cut the fabric to avoid boob spots and didn’t have much more fabric to work with.


Thankfully, I was able to bring the shoulders in, slim the underarm and re-attach a modified sleeve, but I’m not 100% about the fit still. I should have added a dart and just stuck to New Look 6145, which is my go-to pattern.

So that I don’t finish up too negative Nelly, I do love the way the spots look. I intentionally cut the sleeves with the spots going the the opposite way to the body and I love that it worked out. The spots on the shoulders almost line up perfectly.


I don’t think anyone else has noticed my fit issues and the kids still love it. Maybe it will grow on me with more wear.

Rigel Bomber

At least once a week, I need to wear sports wear to school. I’m not an overly sporty person and don’t have a range of outfits to wear outside of running clothes, which aren’t appropriate – eww! I made a pair of Hudson pants in ponte recently for school sports day, but needed a jacket to go with.


I’ve made a few Rigel bomber jackets and knew it would be an easy make.


The key change that I made to the pattern this time was to raise the front neckline. I made the same modification with this Rigel, and this time raised it further by about 5 inches. This isn’t a difficult change to make to the pattern. I simply raised the front zipper seam line by 5 inches and removed 5 inches from the neck ribbing. I then redrafted the front facing to match the modified neckline. I also reduced the width of the neck ribbing slightly as it is a little too wide for my taste.


The fabric was purchased at Pitt Trading earlier this year. I have a thing for textured knit fabric and couldn’t resist this fabric with it’s geometric quilted look. It is a poly blend fabric and ideal for this project. I tried to add the welt pockets to this jacket, but the bulk of the fabric didn’t make a nice welt, even though I tried using ponte scraps for the welt. So unfortunately, the jacket is pocketless.


This jacket is proving to be a much needed addition to my wardrobe and it is being pulled out quite often to add to many casual outfits for a little extra warmth.

I’m hanging to make more dresses and skirts – How much longer till spring??