Saturday, 16 December 2017

Itch to Stitch Ulvita Tops

This is a free pattern with a 3/4 sleeve option too! The Itch to Stitch Uvita Knit/Jersey Top is your typical Breton top block - that is what attracted me to it. It also works well with contrast fabrics because of the dropped shoulder. You can make a sweater and use a light knit for the facing, or make a long sleeve tshirt or 3/4 tshirt. The relaxed fit and the boatneck are modest which also makes it suitable for the office. I sewed size 6 graded to 4 waist to 8 hip and found the sizing spot on, the hip sits close fitting so there is no swing/gape, the rest of the top has comfortable ease. Butterfly fabric in a very soft brushed viscose from Fabric Land. I wore it with a haunted Victorian mansion necklace by Curiology to match the black outline print. Photos at Oxford University Parks:-
It's a wonderful template for prints as it uses an inside facing rather than a neckband and the stripe matching on the shoulder looks cool! You could also use the front and back for a kimono cut tshirt to wear under layers. It is quick and easy to make, if you have any jersey to use up, choose this one! 
Vegan Baileys at Gardener's Arms! Cheers!
Sewing from PDF's is convenient as you don't need to trace and you can re-print missing or different sizes. Itch to Stitch Uvita Knit/Jersey Top (FREE!)
*I then made the Itch to Stitch Uvita Knit/Jersey Top in white/navy stripe for a proper Breton Top. Fabric is a bobble jersey with great recovery and 2 way stretch so I was able to reverse the stripe for the arms. Pearlescent polarbear from the Kimchi and Coconut December subscription box. 

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Mimi Blouse and Deer & Doe Chardon Skirt

Tilly and the Buttons Mimi blouse (Love at First Stitch book, UK) with Deer & Doe Chardon Skirt (French, PDF now available). I sewed this shirt with the skirt in mind so I'd have a matching handmade outfit! I am wearing a limited edition Kimchi and Coconut Vaquita necklace, 10% of the purchase price goes to marine conservation. My two loves, style and the freedom/love of animals. It has a beautiful metallic finish.
My hair is in the way but the back features a yoke (easy to sew - no burrito method, this has separate facings) and light gathering in the centre back.
Cream trenchcoat is Oliver Bonas purchased last year. I had intended on wearing a cropped jacket to show off the lovely bell shape of the skirt but it's cold outside! This time I wore a tan belt to add some contrast between the white printed fabrics and it matches the horn-marbled buttons.There's no bump in the skirt, I just had to move the excess fabric to the back when tightening the belt.
This blouse is lowcut, which I think is very flattering with the V neck look of the collar. 
My changes to the pattern were to:- sew a narrow hem instead of the 3cm allowance and I added an extra button; sew narrows cuffs using the arm sleeve facing instead of turning it inside. Love at First Stitch: £12.75-£20  I will probably only make this pattern, and it's still worth it as I can see this as a staple blouse for plain colours. I like the relaxed fit around the body and gentle shaping at the hip, it's very wearable.
Deer and Doe Chardon skirt - French style!  Made in September. Fabric is £4.99/m stretch cotton twill from Fabric Land in a tiny Aztec print on fresh white. I also cut the facings from the same and medium interfacing.  I sewed a 42 to match a 40 hip and sewed the button loops (two at the front two on the reverse) and a centre back zip - I used invisible. I think the renovation of the pattern was a good idea as I wasn't keen on the bottom band so must have overlooked it. It is easy to make and easy to fit too obviously.
It has box pleats at the front and also the back, then you stitch the pleat in the ditch to keep the pleats inside sharp, this creates the illusion of a smooth waistband.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Beausoleil Blouse in Eastbourne

This weekend I went to Eastbourne for a coastal getaway and decided to take some snaps for the Kimchi and Coconut outfit-along! Wearing Kimchi and Coconut Galactic Whale and a cotton lawn beausoleil top made in the summer.
Blue shimmer. Beachy Head in the background:-
Dawn Levy (American brand) I bought in 2015, I didn't bother bringing the belt as it might get lost walking long distances. 'Potion' Tatty Devine pendant.
It was raining all of day 1.
I made her doggy bag two years ago!

Friday, 22 September 2017

Eastbourne - Beachy Head

I needed some casual trousers so I went for Barb pants: Etsy size 10-12-14 and a white and navy bengaline. With the Itch to Stitch Vienna Top and a Ralph Lauren jacket from 2003! Giving these 90s style sunglasses to my friend as they don't suit me but they were fun to wear with the denim.
 
 Eastbourne Seafront:-
Eastbourne is a pretty beach and historic hiking location. We stayed at Ellesmere Hotel, which kindly doesn't charge for your companion dog, clean and great value - recommended! It was £44 for a twin room, which I split with my friend. I took two days off work and we spent the time outdoors walking in the fresh air, we didn't go to any pubs or restaurants and instead chose picnics on the hills. Walk up South Downs National Park - there is a large hill from which you can catch a view of the town. Carry onto Beachy Head.  Ariel view:-
 It's best to visit in sunshine because the chalk lights up a fresh white.
 
We walked to Belle Tout lighthouse (not pictured) and onto Birling Gap. The step climbing and hills were great exercise with amazing views! I think we walked the equivalent of a half marathon on each day.
  
Chalk rest break. The steps down to here are closed in October so we were happy to visit in time.