You just might remember these two fabrics – they both come from my recent order from Cali Fabrics. They both sewed up nicely, so I thought I’d show them off together! (In truth, I’ve also sewed up the lovely french terry from that order, but I improvised some changes to a TNT pattern and it didn’t work out that well… still deciding how to make it work!
First up, cherries and polka dots!
(I must also apologize for the over exposed pics… I’d already asked my husband to retake them once so I didn’t want to ask again! 🙂
This is, believe it or not, a Renfrew. It was a really simple change – I basically just measured how far under my arm I would want the cross-over to sit, and freehanded a curved line from shoulder to that point. It’s finished with folded bands everywhere, just like an classic Renfrew. A mod like this would work with any t-shirt, but I chose Renfrew because the snugger fit means that the wrap stays in place and doesn’t flap open. I think with something loose like Plantain it wouldn’t be as successful!
It’s been a while since I sewed any tops as fitted as this, and I’m curious to see how much it gets worn. I’ve gained a little weight this summer (that’s what I get for wearing pyjamas for 2 months – I’ve always relied on my pants to tell me when it’s time to put down the cake! These red pants that I made 2 years ago were always snug, but man – now they are TIGHT!) The other side effect of not wearing proper clothes all summer is that shapes and styles I often wore in the spring and winter now look a bit odd to me. My long loose tops are feeling frumpy, so a fitted style like this is a perfect antidote!
On the total flip side…. there’s this!
This is a Maria of Denmark Olivia Oversized Tee, which I first sewed as a pattern tested back in the winter. It’s a really loose 80’s-esque kimono tee, and … what can I say? It’s SO comfy to wear!
My first Olivia didn’t get worn much (too sheer and clingy) so for this version I really wanted something loose and effortless. This mid-weight rayon blend is great – it was so fun as I cut to see how the large-scale print was framed by the pattern pieces. The feathers curve and flow so nicely.
Oh, and these pants? I bought ’em. No sewing for me! Since that I’ve got a wardrobe full of slightly tight me-made pants, I was highly uninterested in remaking them all. Instead, I hit some sales and ended up with 5 pairs of jeans/pants for $5-15 each. They’ll all need darts in the back to keep them from sagging during the day, but for about $60 I’m awfully glad I didn’t have to do all those pockets, flies, and topstitching myself!
These two tops really are different in style, but they’ve got a lot in common too: modest-but-open necklines, 3/4 length sleeves, and ending right above the fullest part of my hip. Sometimes I feel like my style should be more cohesive, like I should pick between the styles I like and settle on only one… but come on, where’s the fun in that? My only real criteria for what I make and wear is that I need to feel good wearing it.
How consistent is your wardrobe? Do you go for variations on the same “look” most days, or do you alternate between modern, retro, chic and casual?
ps. I’d also like to send big hugs and love towards Alessa and Jeni, who both picked my love of knits, maxis and prints as inspiration for the Sewicialist’s Tribute month! Thank you, ladies. I’m honoured, and you both made my day! And… I want to steal both dresses you made.