Snowdrops in September 

I was totally smitten with Named Clothing’s new collection when it recently launched, in particular the Tuuli dress. I’d actually been scouring the Internet for a pattern like the Tuuli for a few months, to dressify some stunning jersey (print: my beloved Hesketh) I had picked up in the summer at the Liberty sale. 

I took a day off and set to dressmaking! 

I just love this dress. It’s so comfortable and gorgeous and soft and fine, and moves like a dream. But I really do need to get a better sewing machine. Even just having a straight stretch stitch would be a huge improvement. 

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Summer rays

I made a Breton style top! Now it’s just up to the sun to get a move on and start shining.

I used lovely heavy Japanese knit cotton in olive-gold and white stripes.

The pattern I used was Grainline Studio’s Lark Tee – it’s a great pattern and comes together fast, but as usual I fell between three sizes. I cut the middle one but I think I’d cut the larger size next time, on account of my wide shoulders. I also cropped a few inches off the bottom which I think was a good idea. It’s just the right length. I’m not convinced by 3/4 length sleeves, but they look fine rolled up and that’s how I’m planning on wearing this top anyway. Plus I’ve already managed to get strawberry juice on the inner elbow, which sleeve rolling happily conceals.  

No matter – it’s a great top and I hope to wear it lots this summer.

Strawberry fields

I have an ongoing obsession with Heather Ross’s fabrics. Aside from Liberty it’s about the only fabric I buy compulsively, scouring the four corners of the Internet to buy little scraps of discontinued perfection.

So when The Village Haberdashery announced on instagram that it had a roll of Heather Ross jersey I snapped up 3 metres of it without hesitation.

It’s been really busy for the past few weeks – lots of seeing friends and cultural activities being crammed into my normally desolate schedule in the lead up to my big Canada visit. But somehow in between three social engagements on the Sunday before I flew to Toronto I managed to bash out this Moneta dress.

heather ross moneta dress

This is my second Moneta. The first was made out of sweatshirting, and I used that as an excuse for why it is tight. But this one is also tight, so next time I’ll make a bigger size to have a slouchier fit. I altered the neckline into a scoop, but the dress gapes a bit at the front (despite its tightness everywhere else) so next time I’ll make the shoulders narrower.

heather ross moneta dress
So yes I did balance my phone in the branches of a tree to take this photo. Askew!

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Howsoever, this dress is still great. I wore it all over Toronto to visit relatives last week and every one of them liked it. My Grannie wants one for her too! I think I might have enough fabric left to make her a boat neck top. But then my beautiful new little cousin ought to have something in this fabric, because she has a matching quilt (see next post)! Perhaps I’ll just need to get more fabric…

Spring sewing

Some time in early March the weather all of a sudden became glorious for a weekend, and I thought: I need a semi-nice sweatshirt.

A trip to the ‘other’ Cloth House (at the south end of Berwick Street) furnished me with some gloriously cosy fabric – natural cotton jersey with coloured flecks on the front, cosy fluffy fuzzy wonderfulness on the back. And after a bit of help from youtube and a close examination of an old hoodie, I whipped up this sweatshirt based on my favourite t-shirt:

Dropped sleeve sweatshirt

Dropped shoulder sweatshirt cuff

Dropped shoulder sweatshirt

Sadly… I didn’t wash it first. And when, after wearing it night and day for three weeks I put it through the washing (on cold!) it shrank considerably in length.  😦  So it’s now the length of those cropped t-shirts that Topshop girls wear. But whatever. I still love it and wear it almost as much as before.

I went back to Cloth House to get more of the same fabric in another colour, but they were out of the fluffy kind. So I got another 1.5m of navy blue ‘summer-weight’ fabric, carefully washed it (it hardly shrank at all), and made sweatshirt #2. This time with raglan sleeves. It is a bit humongous. I have given it to my mum.

raglan sweatshirt

Then I had enough navy and enough white fabric to make sleeves… But not bodies. So back to Cloth House for a metre more of each. I washed them together, and the white came out 70cm long whereas the blue had become 120cm long. So confusing! I can only think they gave me extra blue because it was the end of the bolt. Anyway, sweatshirt #3 was born. This is for a man friend, but I love it so much I want to make one for me too now. Time to get back to Cloth House!

manly sweatshirt and Rune

manly sweatshirt making-of

manly sweatshirt 1

manly sweatshirt 2

manly sweatshirt 3

manly sweatshirt 4