Monthly Archives: September 2017

Claret Speckle print ‘Paolina’ Tee top

I really need to change the threads on my Juki overlocker. Just before I do, I found this remnant length of Claret speckle print that I bought for just £4.92 from The Textile Centre and wondered if there was sufficient for a short sleeve tee top. The fabric is a viscose/elastane jersey, very lightweight and ‘slinky’.

Claret Speckle Viscose/Elastane Jersey

I located my Paolina (Paola hack) tee top pattern and with some very careful layout of the pieces was able to cut a short sleeve version from this length of fabric.

After an hour or so of stitching I have a new top. There is my standard neckband, twin needle stitching at the hems and a shaped hemline. A great result – a unique and very comfortable garment.

Claret Speckle print Paolina Top

Elmira Ballet Wrap Cardigan from Seamwork

Rose Pink Viscose/Spandex Jersey from Sherwoods Fabrics

Inspired by a wrap top worn by Lisa Comfort of Sew Over It, I purchased 2.5 metres of this lovely Rose Pink printed jersey from Sherwoods Fabrics. In their sale, the fabric was just £4.99 per metre and would be ideal as a wearable toile. For the pattern I chose ‘Elmira’ using my subscription to Seamwork magazine.

Elmira Ballet Wrap Cardigan

Here is the description from their website:-

If you’ve been looking for the perfect, multi-season cardigan, then look no further. Elmira is a cropped, fitted ballet wrap that has you covered in all four seasons. In a lightweight jersey, Elmira is just right for summer and spring. In fall and winter, a medium weight sweater knit or French terry enables Elmira to adapt to your changing wardrobe. With each season and wardrobe combination, Elmira has you covered.

According to the measurement chart, I fitted exactly into a 2X and this is the size that I prepared. As the front bodice and the waist ties need to be cut 4 times, I copied those two pattern pieces again so that I could lay out all pattern pieces in one go. Following the layout meant that I had approximately 30 inches x 60 inches wide of leftover fabric that I will try and use for a basic tee top or if there is insufficient yardage, a Savannah Camisole, also from Seamwork.

I followed the construction method to the letter and I am pleased with the end result, especially the double layer for the bodice fronts and the cuffs on the sleeves. There are however, a couple of things to be changed for my next make.

The overall fit of the cardigan is fine but I find the ties are too long. Next time dependent on the weight of the fabric, I will reduce their length. I found the method for attaching the front bodices to the back rather ‘clumsy’. In future I will enclose the back bodice shoulder seam between the two layers of each bodice front. Also, I do not like the internal fastening of two small buttons and thread loops. I will find an alternative for that.

My Elmira Ballet Wrap Cardigan in Rose Pink

I have a particular fancy at present for soft pink. I need to check out my wardrobe and find a dress or skirt to compliment my new cardigan so that I can wear it at least of couple of times before Autumn sets in with a vengeance!

So that is item 2 of my list completed, now onto the next.

Sewing Plans for September 2017

It is not unusual for me to set goals which for one reason or another are not achieved. In August, although things started well, unfortunately I lost my ‘sewing mojo’ when my cat of 14 years became seriously ill. However I did complete 8 projects which is not bad and I hope to be able to ‘catch up’ with some of the projects this month.

In addition to selfish sewing I have been asked to run some more sewing classes and workshops for the end of this year and early Spring 2018 so will need to spend some time making samples and preparing the worksheets.

I still have the jersey top to make for a friend and the Cobra and Corsage printed cotton lawn to make up. I have changed my mind about the project for the sewing print linen-look cotton and will now use this to recover the chair in my sewing room.

Therefore on my new ‘to do’ list are:-

1.Sewing print linen-look seat covering

2.Pink floral print jersey ‘Elmira’ ballet wrap cardigan

3.Dark print viscose jersey for Kwiksew 3915 for a friend

4.Cobra and corsage cotton lawn dress

5.Lewis & Irene dark background printed cotton ‘Mandy’ or ‘Kitty’ dress

6.Samples for sewing workshops.

All this should keep me busy!