This wasn’t what I originally intended to make for the New-to-Me challenge this week, but then I saw this pattern on the Mercury Handmade blog,
……………..then realized that because of of the width of the pattern pieces, I wasn’t going to be able to use any pieces from my ever-growing stash, and would alas have to go to the store and buy some. Sad times 😉
Anyhow, it gave me a good reason to finally buy the fabric I have been wanting for a couple of months – you know, when you keep going back just to stroke it, but can’t justify it due to not having a project in mind?
PROJECT! I HAVE A PROJECT FOR YOU MY PRETTY!
I’m not sure whether it comes out that well in the pictures, but it is a fairly lightweight knit, made up of stripes of grey, with stripes of white lacy knit in between. I envisioned a nice casual version, with contrast collar and sleeve cuffs in a complementary grey knit.
Because that’s what casual people do. (Thanks JGL for that gem of wisdom)
I cut a straight medium, no modifications. I also did french seams so that it was super pretty inside too, and had a little bit more structure. I stabilized the neckline and front with some clear elastic so that it wouldn’t get stretched out of shape while I was sewing it together, and topstitched the collar and cuffs with white stitching.
Or is it slightly on the dressy side of casual?
……………..and because it seems I have a fabric problem, I also bought some brightly coloured woven fabric
..and made this one too.
It makes me feel a bit like I could be Oonaballoona.
Going by the sizing of the previous one, I decided to make the small size this time, as I thought it would be a bit big in the woven, less drapey fabric….. and it still is a little big maybe, but that is kinda the style!
Again, I did french seams on the construction, and topstitched the collars and cuffs. The black fabric I just about had enough of in my stash, and is a black twill cotton.
So what do we think? Am I stylish casual now?
Fha-bulous! ;). I love that grey jersey, it’s beautiful, no wonder you had to keep going back! These kimonos are addictive, you start spotting stuff all over that would make a cool version. Good luck in the competition!
I know, it’s so soft and light! I still have a little bit leftover as it was so wide, so am trying to think of what to do with it!
Is there enough for a simple tee?
Not sure, but possibly. Perhaps one to tackle after my current project.