DIY: My pattern – White Frill Top

One thing I lack in my wardrobe is good solid interchanging Basics:  These are the types of cheap tops that come in many colours that fill the high street shops.  They know you need them, that’s why there are so many!   It is one thing I miss shopping for in my pursuit of the perfect DIY wardrobe.   Plus are they really a waste of money or bad for the environment if I wear them TO DEATH?

But Self made isn’t without its faults,  I am finding with sewing it is more and more about the ‘event’ piece, normally a dress. How many times do I wear a dress just around the house?  Most of my TOP 10 PATTERNS were good basic pieces.  So I set out about making a top myself.

One shape I kept seeing was the button front with a ruffle ‘shirt’ like frill part.  Using the white fabric I have in bulk, I set about making a wearable toille version that I could perfect before using more expensive fabric.

So How Did It Sew?

 

The pattern was an old traced top I had in my collection.  I traced it, added a V neck and some buttons.  I think next time I will not make actual button holes, instead try and add in some loops with domed buttons instead.  Over all this was a simple sew.  The ruffle was a simple add on, the most time was spent on the hems (when is it not…) Even though I made this from my bulk light fabric, i have found it far more wearable than a thicker Jersey.  I have even worn it open over a dress like a cardigan as i like to cover my arms a lot.

Hopefully I can make a few more of these but as always I find it a challenge to branch out into colour.  Maybe a mustard or wine colour, but definitely a black is a must!

 

 

Kalle Shirt Dress – LONG SLEEVES!

When the Kalle was first launched it was probably the most near perfect pattern.  I loved it.  But I longed for a sleeve hack.  The original Kalle sleeve as is, was far too short for me.  I tend to wear them layered under cardigans  I even asked my beautiful Instagram community for help for a hack in desperation – and still no luck.

Then the BEAUTIFUL people from Closet case patterns bought out the long sleeve hack.  And it was EVERYTHING…

Images from Closet Case Website

Now, before we go on, just a little negative here: I have had many patterns that introduce a hack, for example the Keilo and Inari from Named Clothing both had a sleeve and collar hack.  Both of which were completely free.  On the other hand, I was so desperate for a long sleeve hack and was happy to pay for that privileged of not figuring it out my self.  Its just something to consider if you are reading this post before purchasing the Kalle and/or just the sleeve hack.  So its more of a neutral comment that a complaint, but I always like to support independent business, so its all good.

So How did it Sew?

I will leave the details of the Kalle make itself  to my previous post where I covered that, instead I will focus on the Sleeves:

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As you can tell I absolutely love it.  So much so (sew?) that I ended up unpicking a sleeve on a Kalle I was working on and adding the hack to it (black Version)

The fabric I chose for both Black and white shirt, I thought was the same.  It had the same texture embossed into it, but the white was much softer and had a slight stretch, as apposed to the black that was a bit shinier.  I enjoyed sewing with the white more, but both were extremely light and have great movement.

The sleeve was incredibly simple to install.  I like how they approached it with the longer cuff, and how it took up a lot of the sleeve.  It Looks chic and can be worn up or down.  What really makes this is the shape of the existing sleeve (if you have made the kalle it is before you put the cuff on) which gives the overall piece a great shape and much more than the average shirt/shirt dress.

With the sleeve, I feel I will get much more use out of this pattern.  I still need to make the short and the tunic length versions, but having sleeves, for me, opens up more possibilities.

Update: Jan/Feb 2018

January came and went, but felt like it took forever, and now February is whizzing by as it’s so short.  As for new year sewing, there has not been much, apart from a few adjustments and a (boring) curtain for my balcony door, and occasionally fannying around with the unfinished pile (and making little progress)

So what has been eating into my valuable sewing time?: Organising all of the things! Literally every cupboard, drawer and box has been re-organised (including my fabrics and patterns) Think Premature spring clean in the lull after Christmas.

My wardrobe has been pulled to pieces as I have forced myself to confront my clothing, and the stored stuff coming into spring, and the stuff that doesn’t fit but I hoard as memories of a different time.  After the streamline, I either donated, Ebayed or scrapped what I removed and I feel better!  Also by doing this I feel I can really focus on where  I want to take my sewing in regards to my style and incorporating trends.

This brings me to my 2018 plans.  I think lace and chiffon need to make a comeback for me, incorporated in a boho-esque casual chic… with a good old dollop of goth.  Basically a laid back easy look with some key pieces, good colours and layers.  I love having light fabric pieces to layer into an outfit and can transcend most seasons dressed up or down.

My #2018makenine saw some great contenders.  Even though six of my choices are dresses (these were already on my to do list or i already have the pattern) Hopefully this year I pull back from the dress makes.  Our community is swamped with them from all angles, instead I would like to focus on the basics, and the pieces that are not so glam, but do the hard slog of a wardrobe.  I also want to be really considerate over my fabric choices to get the best from the patterns.

 

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1. I am Patterns – Cassiopee 2. Megan Nielsen – Acacia 3. Mimi G – #8392
4. Trend Patterns – 70s Dress 5. Daughters of Style – knit dress 6. Megan Neilson – Karri
7. Dp Studio – Le 604 8. By Hand London – Sabrina 9. Sewliberated – Metamorphic Dress

 

Also I have made some headway into my blogging.  With the return of the sun in the sky I have managed to photograph everything I have had stored in my drafts section of the blog.  So over the next few weeks you will probably end up seeing most of my December makes roll out, maybe with some edits on what and How i have been wearing them.

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