And on to my selfish sewing.
I cut out all three on Sunday, and spent Bank Holiday Monday on sewing a few things for my lovely wife. So this morning it was my turn. First up, a tried and tested favourite, the Style Arc Tootsie. Short sleeves, no pattern alterations, straight up size 14 [which I find amply big enough for my size 16+FBA in Style Arc stretch patterns.]
The fabric is a white jersey, with an interesting tucked/ripple effect texture. I think it works well with the panels. This pattern sews up in about an hour now that I’ve sussed out the panel construction- my first attempt wasn’t so tidy, doesn’t get worn much, and may go in my next wardrobe blitz.
I realised recently that I have hardly any plain white tops, and they are very useful…but the texture on this gratifies my need for pattern. Not the most flattering pics, but it was VERY windy in the garden [can you tell?] and I wanted to get back into the warm!
A nice quick fix, already worn to work. Trousers are a favourite quick make from last year’s summer wardrobe.
The other 2 items cut out are the DK V1440 jacket, using that lovely drapey faux suede. The pattern of course calls for piping and seam binding…I’m thinking that I’m just going to try flat felled seams and top stitching, which should show off the panels nicely enough, and deal with finishing all in one go. On the previous version I bound all the outside edges- this time I may go with using the selvedge as a trim. Undecided as yet, but it does have a vaguely fringed effect which MAY look good with the suede, without being too cowboy-drag. I’ll be happy if it turns out half as nice as Peter’s over on Male Pattern Boldness.
Speaking of which, item #3 is the Folkwear ‘Frontier shirt’. This will also have felled seams, and I’m keen to crack on with that later today.
Maybe I’ll wear them with my ‘cowboy’ hat for Pride? Or perhaps the rainbow zebra jeans are a better choice?
More happiness arrived this morning- a parcel from MyFabrics. This has an end of roll piece of soft washed denim, some very nice quality plain white cotton lawn, and this GORGEOUS silk/cotton chambray. I’m itching to use that one, it’s light, crisp, and delicious. Yum. All pre washed [unusual for impatient me] and drying on the radiators.