I have so much love for Coco by Tilly and the Buttons. So. Much. Love.
Coco is a really fast and easy pattern. So far, I have made the top version with a ponte fabric in a deep wine colour, and of course a classic black. Plans for many more! The collar and cuffs are brilliant and easy to attach. I made the size 4 for a 36" bust and the fit is great.
The black version is very beatnik. I dig.
My version does not have a side seam splits. Honestly, I sort of forgot. But I like how sleek it looks without them.
This pattern is a win. I finished the black beatnik version today in about 4 hours or so. Including having a hard-boiled egg and avo smash for lunch. Instant reward project.
It feels cozy. It looks cozy. It IS cozy. Get into it.
Further down the track I might sew up the dress version, but right now this little top is satisfying my 60s urge.
Sorry about the radio silence. It has been crazy busy! Christmas rush and all that. I have been occupied by knitting and sewing, but only a few sewing projects are done. That said, most of them are wearable. We are coming into our busy season at work which runs until March/April. Not too sure how often I will be able to get on the blog machine. I do hope to keep it up. I find it a lovely way of keeping track of what I've made and how far I have come.
On to the sews! First up, my Tilly & The Buttons Mimi Blouse (with very limited make-up). I just finished sewing on the buttons and had to take a snap for mum. So excited I couldn't even clean our room. It's a bit tight through my man shoulders, probably could to with a pattern adjustment. The fabric is a mystery stiff woven poly-something gifted to me by one of my wonderful adult jazz and ballet students. It has a green and white stripe. Turns out, I made a school uniform blouse. Safe to say I haven't worn this one yet.
Next up, a black silk Kimono Top by Salme Patterns. Took 2 half days to make . That's printing and assembling the PDF, tracing off my size, adding seam allowances, cutting out, sewing and finishing. Wore it on a 35 degree Celsius day and it served me well! I paired it with wide leg camel-coloured chiffon palazzo pants bought years ago. The silk was $14.99 / m from a little fabric store in Marrickville. What a win! I was aiming for 30s style, but most people said I look very 1970s Charlie's Angels. I suppose that s the power of era accurate hairstyles...
I'm particularly proud of this next one. Tuesday started, Friday finished, Saturday worn. Talk about cutting it fine! Wore it to the races for the birthday of a good mate of mine. I also made the felt pillbox hat. This was another 36 degree day. Yay for Australian Spring!
This was the first time I had ever frankenpatterned - joining two or more patterns to create a hopefully successful monster. New Look 6000 + Ultimate Pencil Skirt by Sew Over It. I folded down the top of the skirt to the waistline (at the widest point of the darts) then placed that on the marked waistline of the dress. I had to fold in the skirt of New Look 6000 as it is straight and bulky, but I didn't have to move the darts thorough the middle.
The whole ensembleh was planned with gloves (see picture below)... but when it was 11.30am and already well over 30 degrees, ain't nobody got time for that. Proudest moment from the day - I did not get sunburnt! I wore it with black back seam stockings by Sweet Pins. Once you start wearing back seam stockings, there is no turning back.
Lastly, a completed project from an afternoon of sewing - The Gable Top by Jennifer Lauren Handmade. It's made from a deep purple cotton spandex from my local Spotlight. Ladies, seriously, get your hands on this pattern. It is also one of the only patterns that is long enough for my torso. Huzzah! I made it in the short sleeves, but I have plans for the long sleeve and the 3/4 sleeve hack (on her blog). It's fast and easy to make, even for first-time-knit seamstresses. I already have plans for a fleet of these with the short sleeve for work. The fabric has been pre-washed is is drying on the line as we speak. I have a pink-strawberry-Neapolitan-ice-cream colour, a sunny yellow, apple green and classic noir (see the matching thread below).
What a long ad picture heavy post! Thanks for sticking it out. Hope to see you soon with more sewing and knitting adventures.
Knitter. Home seamstress. Dance Teacher.