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Ninni-ninni-ninni Batman! - or - Part I of the Summer of Basics

August 03, 2018

My first item for the summer of basics was supposed to be the Ninni culottes by Named, and low and behold: I stuck to that plan! Here they are!

I'll be honest, when culottes made their (re)appearance in fashion and by extension in the sewing world I didn't think they were for me. I wear dresses most of the time, and just wasn't tempted to make any type of trousers. I did like their look on on other people, but it was just not something I thought I would ever sew for myself. But then came the record heat and this dry, never-ending heatwave of a summer we've been having, and I realised I needed more and more diverse summer clothing to get me through these months. That, combined with my low-key style exploration prompted me to try some things that I hadn't thought to make before.

Whether you call this loose type of pants culottes, palazzo pants or anything else, my sister-in-law calls them "wiebelbroek" - literally translated: wiggle pants. Last year when she was on holiday in Italy, and also heavily pregnant, she bought a handmade one in a shop there and came back home with buckets of enthusiasm for wiebelbroeken. (She also came back with a live baby, as some of you might remember). Her enthusiasm for wide trousers was definitely contagious as it basically planted the seed of making a pair in my head. (Her influence reaches further, as this household now only refers to any kind of loose pants as "wiebelbroek").

The Ninni-pattern has the reputation of being an easy pattern and it truly is. I finished most of this in a day, and then only had to stop because my elastic hadn't arrived yet. It turns out that 3.5 cm wide elastic is very hard to find in my city. Who knew? I went to a couple of places and watched baffled shop keepers rummage through a couple of boxes, with loads of  different sized elastics but not that elusive 3.5. I had to order some online and that took a bit longer than I expected.

While Ninni is an easy pattern, I did have to make some changes. Named patterns are designed for women whose height is more on the tall side of the lenght spectrum.

Which is great if you are tall.

I am not.

Holding the pattern pieces in front of me ensued in some hysterical giggles, as it was over full length on me. I think I took about 15 centimetres off of the length. There are no lengthening or shortening lines on the pattern, but as it is just a straight leg I took most of it off the bottom. Using a pyjama pants as a guide I also took of some at the waist, to make the crotch a little less low. 

This is a viscose (rayon) fabric. I hadn't sewn with viscose before, but I do own retail wear made with it. I'm kinda in two minds about it: both with sewing and knitting I tend to shy away from synthetic fibres because of environmental reasons, and I don't find them as comfortable as natural fibres. Viscose occupies that weird in-between state; it is at the same time natural and man-made fibre, and therefore it doesn't properly belong in either categories. I like wearing viscose: it is tied with linen as my favourite summer fabric. My options where I live regarding fabric are not as wide as in other places, particularly if you are looking to buy natural fibres on a budget: so for now I've decided to keep using viscose fabrics in my sewing.

I chose the print and colour to go for a more classic look. I was kinda weary of "Is she wearing her boyfriends swim shorts or did she make a pants from the curtains in her Airbnb?" vibes. Don't get me wrong, I like wacky prints and colours, but for some reason am really averse to them in trousers for myself. I noticed this when I was looking at retail culottes, to decide what look to go for. (Can you tell I was nervous about this, by how serious I took the planning?). I noticed that I gravitated to dark main colours and small prints so that is what I went for.

I wish I had bought more of this fabric when it was still in stock. I have zero shame in owning different things in the same print, or alternatively owning the same item in different prints if it is something that I wear a lot. I even knitted the same sweater multiple times. When I finished the culottes, I thought the print would also make an awesome Reeta Shirtdress, but alas the fabric had sold out. Oh well, just got to keep my eyes peeled for other suitable fabric!
I have been wearing them already and I have to admit I did feel a bit weird at the beginning, because it is a slight deviation of what I usually wear. I'm still trying to figure out how to best style them. Looking at the pictures, I'm more okay with how it looks than how I felt about it at the time. I guess most of it is just a matter getting used to and figuring out how to wear them with what's already in my wardrobe. I recently figured out that I don't typically like my shirts tucked in wide skirts, but while wearing these I found that I like it a lot better with culottes. I also think I might like cropped shirts or a hem-tie shirts to wear with this kinda style, so maybe I should put one of those on my to make list.

In the time it took me to get this project photographed and up on the blog I've also finished project 2 of the summer of basics and traced the pattern for my third project, which I hope to make good progress on over the weekend. So I'm quite positive about getting all 3 projects done before the end of august! My documenting of finished makes has been lacking spectacularly the past few months though, and this is actually the part that I'm most worried about. I'm glad that I finally broke through my reluctance to take finished project photos and hopefully this will give me the motivation to also document the non-summer of basics makes that have accumulated over the past months!

See you soon!


Summer of Basics 2018: The Plan

July 06, 2018

Hello friends!

I meant to get this post out sooner, but I was floored by the the worst flu I've had in years which knocked me out for two weeks. Before that, my cat died unexpectedly and it took me a couple of weeks to get my head towards making things again. Nevertheless, I'm now on the road towards a couple of projects, and I've decided to participate in the 'Summer of Basics'. What's Summer of Basics? Let me tell you!

This is the second year that Karen Templer of Fringe Association organizes the Summer of Basics.  For those who are not familiar with the event, it is a sort of challenge to crafters who spend their time knitting or sewing intricate sweaters or fancy fashion all winter, and calls upon them to take a break, sit down and use the summer to craft some beautiful basics. There´s a couple of rules:

- Make 3 items in 3 months
- The items can be either knitted or sewn
- The items have to be basic, but what basic means is not the same for everyone.

The theme for my personal Summer of Basics projects will be warm weather clothing. Before the Summer of Basics was announced I had actually already planned to dedicate this summer to making summer clothes. The end of April, the whole of May and most of June have passed in a succession of heatwaves, which apart from being very unusual and worrying in itself, also made painfully clear how little I have to wear when the weather really heats up.

The thing is, I clearly love making clothes, and part of why I love it is to express myself, to express who I am and what I stand for. So, my favourite things to make are... my favourite things. Looking at my wardrobe it is not hard to guess what my favourite seasons are, and in turn for which seasons I like dressing. I know we all have our preferences, and I know for many people, their favourite season is summer, and that is completely fine. Honestly, I'm not judging. But when I plan to knit or sew something I naturally gravitate to autumn/winter apparel. Even in my sewing projects, I just stick sleeves on everything. So, I knew that for planning out my makes I had to do some honest soul searching as to why I low-key hate dressing for summer. Plainly liking other seasons more, or having hay fever, don't tell the whole story here.

The truth is, I just feel uncomfortable in most summer clothing. Patriarchy and growing up with eating-, and body image disorders in my close environment have left me with a dose of body discomfort myself. Getting constant catcalls about my bust size from an early age made it worse. It wasn't until I got older, got more into feminism and came in contact with terms like body positivity, the male gaze and internalized misogyny that I recognized what happened to me, and recognize the poisonous pressures society puts on women. Even though I now recognize these issues, and am able to handle them  lot better, I'm not immune to them. Simply wearing fewer clothes -even to cope with heat- always makes these things more obvious, and in turn more uncomfortable.

So, for this summer of basics I want to make things that take my feelings of discomfort away and turn my thoughts about bodies and what I want to project to the world into something creative. I want to experiment a bit, this might be a bit of weird premise for an event that is all about making basics, but who says that basics shouldn't stretch a maker's skill? In turn, by shaking things up a bit, I want to bring back some of the joy in dressing for summer.

Since I am focussing on hot weather clothing I will not be knitting anything for this challenge. It feels a bit strange to not knit anything for a challenge that actually allows knitting, since I feel I am a knitter first and anything-else second, but the challenge focusses on gaps in your wardrobe and truthfully my closet of knitwear is quite substantial as is. I am aware that summer knits actually do exist and I thought for a bit of making a summer sweater or something, but each time I started thinking about it it morphed into something else that just wouldn't qualify for summer.

So what are the projects that I am going to make?

Photo © Named Patterns
1. A pair of summer trousers - Ninni Culottes (Named Patterns)
 One of the big gaps in my wardrobe is warm weather clothes that I can wear outside, biking, generally living life without worrying about looking like a hot mess or accidentally flashing someone. I was mulling this over and when it hit me that culottes were the answer I felt slight stupid for not realising it before. Culottes look effortlessly cool and chic on everyone I've seen them on so far and their floatyness makes them perfect for warm weather wear. That is the theory, but it is not a style I've ever worn, so I am curious how this style experiment will work out for me in practise. I've picked Named Ninni Culottes (possibly the easiest culotte pattern on the market?) to ease myself into my first foray into trouser making. This will be my first project for the summer of basics, so should be the first project appearing on the blog (if not, feel free to yell at me or something!).

2. A jumpsuit - Yari Jumpsuit (True Bias).
I know jumpsuits are probably not the first thing when you think about basics, as they are not exactly basic in construction or wardrobe stable basics, but their attraction as summer wear is undeniable. Jumpsuits appeal to me for many of the same reasons that I decided to make culottes for the summer of basics: they look cool and feel cool even when you are trying desperately not to melt when the world around you is stupidly hot. I debated between two styles that I liked and have seen a lot of lately: first, there is the boho/festival look jumpsuit, which is especially suited to summer. Burda has done a couple of them and I think Knipmode magazine as well. In the end I decided to go for second style I've seen making the rounds on instagram: a more minimalistic, linen style. It's probably the heat, but I'm currently going through a bit of a linen phase. Contenders for this one were Marilla Walker's Roberts collection and the Yari Jumpsuit from True Bias. I'm currently leaning towards the Yari jumpsuit, because the shorts version lends itself better to summer, and I'm quite taken with the seventies influence. Who knows, if it is a success I can always make the Roberts for autumn.

I'm interested to see how this will work for me. I haven't owned or worn jumpsuits since I was a kid -there are pictures of a tiny me and my cousin wearing matching ones on holiday in France. They must have made quite an impression on me, as they are still etched in my brain. Being a practical sort of person I'm especially interested to see how much the toilet situation will annoy me and whether it is outweighed by the pros of the garment. Stay tuned for that later in the summer! (I feel I really missed my calling in life not going into advertising...)

Photo © Closet Case Files

3. A summer dress - Kalle Shirtdress (Closet Case Files)
I live in dresses, so it felt weird not to include one here. While I have and wear a lot of dresses, I really need one geared fully towards summer: a sleeveless or short sleeved easy breezy one. Most prominent candidates so far include the Kalle Shirtdress, a darling of the sewing world and while the loose shaping is definitely a new direction for me, it's also one of the features that attracts me the most to the pattern. Other shirtdress candidates are Grainline's Alder Shirdress, the Jessica Dress by Mimi G and Sew Over It's Penny dress. A final option is the Kielo wrap dress by Named, another darling of the sewing world. It's possibly my favourite wrap dress pattern; its a unique style and I even find the untied version weirdly charming. I really like this dress, however it is also the only option in this entry I don't have fabric for yet, making it drop a bit in the hierarchy.

The dress will be the final project I make for the summer of basics so it's the one I'm most open-minded about. August is still a bit away, and my mind on this project might change a few times until then.

So there you have it, my sewing plans for the summer. Even though I missed the first month I feel pretty confident I can actually do this. I'm seriously motivated because I desperately need to have more stuff to wear for this ludicrous heat we're having this summer.

Speak soon!


Eloisa Dungaree Dress

May 03, 2018


Today I got another sewing project to show you. This project needs a bit of a back story though: About a year ago I made a dress, in this really cool flower print corduroy fabric. I had a vision of a shift dress that just oozed 1960's coolness. Well, I made it, but for some reason wasn't really jazzed about it when I finished it. I don't even know why as it was everything I pictured it would be -and more, because it had a sweet Henley placket to boot! Around the same period of time I started to lose weight, meaning that when I tried the dress on a few months later to see if I had changed my mind about it, it was actually worse! It had basically become a potato sack on me. Not a good look, and certainly not what I had envisioned it to be. Because I really loved the fabric I shoved the dress in my bag of scrap fabric with half a mind to re-use the fabric one day and try to get something like a skirt out of it one day.

One week, at the beginning of spring, I decided I wanted to do something with this fabric IMMEDIATELY. Before I knew it, I was unpicking the seams; not the fastest or most fun of jobs, but a necessity if you want to try to cut new pieces from an existing dress. While I was unpicking the dress, I thought how cool this fabric would be in a pinafore/dungaree style. I got out my pattern pieces for the Cleo I made previously to see whether it would be possible. It was... but only barely. While the dress takes up very little fabric, most of it is in one piece and that piece was hard to place on the re-purposed fabric. Then I remembered the Eloisa dungaree dress, and wondered whether I would be able to eke it out of the fabric (as it uses more fabric, but it has more, smaller separate pattern pieces). When I put the pattern pieces on the only half unpicked dress, the A-line option was quickly ruled out. While it used less fabric, it uses bigger pieces than the panelled version, so out that went. The second option, with it's panelled skirt, fitted nice and easy though, with a (tiny) bit of fabric to spare.

The Eloisa pattern is a fairly simple pattern for a dungaree dress, but with some neat details that set it apart from some of the other such dress patterns I have seen. It comes with two skirt options, one is an a-line skirt with nice big patch pockets, whereas option two is a wider panelled skirt without pockets. There are two length options; a midi and a mini length. There is an optional welt pocket at the bib, which you could easily replace with a patch pocket if you want a pocket there but don't feel up for doing a welt pocket. Parts of the dress are lined, but not the skirt, though you might want to do that if your fabric is clingy. All these details give the dress a wonderfully vintage flair.

The pattern instructions are minimal and at times the wording can be somewhat confusing, especially compared to many others in the indie sewing world. You can definitely still follow the pattern and end up with a dress that you are happy with, I just wanted to give you a heads up about this. I think part of the cause of this is the English version being a translation from Italian. It's also a fairly cheap pattern, and I believe this was the first pattern for this pattern company so maybe they were still testing the waters a bit with this pattern. Perhaps there is also a cultural difference here, but I definitely don't have the expertise to say anything about that for sure.

There is no seam allowance in the pattern, so you have to add that yourself after tracing. Having to add seam allowances is always a drag and a tedious extra step, but I find it even more annoying with .pdf patterns, when you already have to do the extra step of taping the sheets together. These days I'm always a bit baffled when I find indie pattern companies that don't simply add a seam allowance, but again this might be a cultural thing and more common in Italian patterns?

The most tricky parts of sewing the dress are the welt pocket at the bib and inserting the invisible zipper in the side seam. Inserting the invisible zipper is fairly straightforward, especially if you've done it before. After reading through the instructions I decided to do a different construction for the welt pockets, because I'm used to it and prefer the construction that way. In case you're curious this is the way I usually construct welt pockets.

The only downside to the panelled version is that there are no side pockets. Whenever I sew something myself I almost always just stick in some pockets somewhere if I can get away with it. In this case in-seam pockets at the side seam were not possible because of the zipper placing. For a moment I debated whether I could do some cool panel or patch pockets -because pockets are always a high priority in the Tree House-, but I ruled that out when I realised that I'd have to throw the whole dress away if I messed that up, since I had no back-up fabric.   

I'm really pleased with the end result. I think the colour and fabric print look pretty neat in a dungaree style. This is also a colour that I wear quite regularly and fits well into my wardrobe. I really like this vintage-ish style of dungarees, and I think my wardrobe has space for another version (especially now I've already traced the pattern with seam allowance anyway!). Perhaps I'll make the midi length instead of the mini. I don't wear mini length skirts that often any more, but I think it does suit this style and it doesn't make me uncomfortable when I do wear it these days.

I thought that dungaree styles might have had their best time in the fashion spotlight for now, because - sadly- fast fashion is often exactly that (mind, I wouldn't let that bother me personally). But this week's new pattern collections of the 'bigger' indie houses have proven me wrong - so many beautiful new dungaree patterns! I also think I've got a taste for re-purposing now, so I'm going to see if I can do this more often. Maybe I could start thrifting things specifically for this purpose... We will see, I don't want to end up with just a pile of stuff that won't get used, as that would pretty much defeat the purpose. So, better take it slow and see project by project. This first attempt though, is satisfactory all the way. 



Parrot Puffin

March 30, 2018

I don't often knit the same pattern twice. Certainly when it concerns garments, it is a rarity. I have often professed "I´d like to knit this again at some point", or "This pattern would be so cool in a totally different colour palette", but you know how it goes: The world of knitting is a vast place, and the knitting queue is. so. long. There are always new patterns coming along vying for their spot on the needles. This is just to say that while, when I finished my first puffin sweater, I immediately knew I wanted to make another one, I also knew that it would be a while before I'd actually do it. All good things are worth waiting for however, and some good things are worth waiting for for a very long time. Eventually, it was time to cast on.

I have couple of different approaches to my colourwork knits: Sometimes I meticulously plan out a project, sometimes I throw myself into it and just pick whatever colour I'm feeling like when I'm getting to it, and sometimes I follow a colour palette according to a broad inspiration. Sometimes I like the original colours the designer chose for a project so much that I can't see any other colour combination beating it. And sometimes I want to be a parrot. I had the idea for this project pretty close to when I finished my first puffin jumper, possibly even while I was knitting the original jumper.

I started preparing for a parrot version of the jumper pretty early on too. I can't remember when exactly I decided to buy the yarn for the main colour, but I know it had been sitting in my stash for quite a while when I got to it. This bright green cone of J&S might actually have been some of the deepest buried yarn stash in the house. The green is so deliciously bright and parrot-y that once I had seen it and matched it to the idea of a Puffin I really couldn't get it out of my head any more. I only started thinking about the yoke colours after I had cast on for the body. What followed was a careful study of different varieties of parrots (I wouldn't want to mess up this part!).     

Now, there are some 402 species of bird that make up the Psittaciformes family of birds, what we call parrots. 15 of them are extinct, the other 387 are each of them remarkably beautiful. (Fifty-five of them are endangered or critically endangered). Although quite pretty, the African Psittacus are uniformly grey and not that suited for a colourwork project. The beautiful Blue-and-Yellow Macaw and Scarlet Macaw are, as their name suggest, blue with yellow and scarlet respectively, so did not match my vision and yarn choice. The Grey Breasted Parakeet from Northern Brazil does have a vivid green coat, but so many contrast colours that it would require marled yarn to do it justice. Eventually my eye fell on the Great Green Macaw and the Military Macaw. They both have a beautiful green coat accompanied by clear red and blue markings and white facial fluff. Their similarity in both appearance and distribution range makes them easy to mix up, but one can keep the two apart as follows: The Great Green Macaw is slightly more large than the Military Macaw while the latter is slightly... er.... better armed?

I actually found the print-out of the pattern of the time when I made the original puffin. I couldn't believe I still had it! I had made quite some notes on that one as my gauge differed quite a bit from the pattern at the time. Miraculously, when I measured my gauge on a recent project using the same yarn, it was the same as back then, so I could just follow the notes I made to myself back then. There is possibly a lesson in here about note taking and organisation but I'm still trying to distil that bit.

Knitting this sweater was a great. The pattern was, again, awesome to work with and especially after the huge undertaking that Windermere was, I breezed through this one super fast. I couldn't even remember I was capable of knitting fingering sweaters in a shorter amount of time anymore. But it was of the needles before I knew it -and was ready for it t.b.h., as yarn for my next project was yet to arrive!

If you follow me on instagram you might have noticed that I mentioned and posted pictures of this sweater back in autumn when I was knitting on it. And it is true, when I actually went back to check, I saw I finished this in October. Which was a surprise, even to me. I can't exactly pin point a reason why it took me so long to take some pictures of this sweater, and I'm quite puzzled about it myself.

When I finally decided to go out and take some photo's of this sweater about a week ago or so, it was actually one of the coldest days of the winter. It may not look the part, but it was way colder then any of the pictures I ever took in the snow for example. It might have felt colder because of the springlike weather we had in the days before. Just to put it in into perspective: while we were out on our walk we hardly saw anybody save for an occasional someone forced to walk a dog -where usually those woods are very crowded on weekends. I almost chickened out, to save it for another day, but then I remembered how long this sweater was waiting for its pictures and I just had to do it.

So there you have it, quite possibly the coldest photo shoot for any project ever. All of this is just to say that I am so glad for the existence of wool. At that moment in time, I was particularly happy for the existence of bright coloured Shetland wool, to make cheery jumpers with that you can pretend to be an exotic bird in during frozen days. Even onlookers, who might think that you're a little barking for taking of you warm coat and layers, can't help but smile at the cheery brightness of it all!



Brackett II

March 15, 2018

 "Hey, would you like me to make you a new hat?"

It was around December, and I apparently felt particularly generous with my knitting time when I spoke those words to S. Looking back, I think it was part the ratty state of the ancient hats he had been wearing all winter, part genuine kindness and a third part a delirious state brought about by an overdose of cheesy holiday commercials and, possibly, exhaustion.

Whatever it was, he took me up on the offer, so I'd better make good on it. I provided him with a selection of hat patterns that I'd be willing to knit for him. I made a pre-selection not because I wanted to control his fashion sense, but since I was the one who'd be knitting it, I wanted something that I'd actually enjoy making. During the process I found out he really isn't into slouchy hats. It came as a surprise as he never showed any signs of distaste towards any of my slouchy headgear. By way of explanation he swears the anti-slouch feelings only regard to his own hats. Enfin, he decided on the Brackett pattern, which again was a surprise to me as I just knitted it myself and hadn't noticed him being particularly interested in it. When he tried mine on -carefully, because my head is a tad bit smaller than his-, I had to admit though, it did suit him.

I showed him a couple of skeins I had and in the end he picked three colours that he liked - a bright yellow, a bright red and a dark green. He liked them equally and told me to pick one. I picked the dark green, solely on the basis that I had the other colours in garment quantities, which I would have to sacrifice for a hat. As he had said that he didn't have a preference between the three, I went with practicality.

I knitted it pretty much the same as my previous Brackett, so if you are interested in the practical details you can read my post about that here. Since I had already knitted it once, and fairly recently at that, this time it was even more of a breeze to knit. I knitted it, gently blocked it, and when it was dry and it was a cold day he just took it off the drying rack and wore it right away. And then... 

...he lost it. On the first day! He tried to reassure me he was pretty sure it was still at his office, but guys, this is the guy who regularly loses and forgets stuff of fluctuating importance: from keys to presents and from pencils to that one time he lost his passport on a plane after we'd been in it for like 30 seconds (It was eventually handed back to us by a befluxed stewardess). He lost the shawl I knitted for him on the flight back on that same trip. I'm just saying, it's not beyond the powers of this guy to loose something fast.

Luckily the stars were on our side this time and at least for now the hat will not join the impressive list of things he lost, or as he calls it, things whose "exact location is unsure". We took the hat for pictures a bit ago when we went for a walk, on a perfect, albeit freezing, winter day. We were in a cold spell of weather again, with temperatures below 0. It was such a glorious day and everything looked so beautiful outside.

I coaxed S. into having his picture taken for my blog because we'd be out anyway and he'd be wearing the hat, I only had to bring my camera. He said he was channelling me for modelling inspiration, which I think is a profoundly bad idea in any situation, but see if you can spot my aesthetics in these pictures. I think he enjoyed it, and more importantly, I think he quite likes the hat. He's not been going out without it -and luckily, he's since always come back with it still with him.

Finished Sewing Projects

Jane T-shirt

February 05, 2018

Part of the reason to have this blog is to have log of everything I make. Yet, I almost didn't blog about this latest project.

Not that I consider the project a failure, quite the opposite. However, the project is a simple T-shirt, and I wasn't sure that was 'exciting' or 'inspirational' enough to warrant the attention of a blogpost. Plus, to be honest: these pictures were taken inside, and I'm not the biggest fan of indoor project photographs (although I'm even less of a fan of taking pictures outside in winter in just a T-shirt). Nevertheless, if this really is an online logbook of my makes, this project should be in here. It's a basic garment, that I made in early autumn, but one that will -hopefully- get a lot of wear over the coming summer. Moreover, I don't only want to dazzle with the fancy stuff; the dreaded 'instagram effect'. And hey, who knows, maybe my project notes can help someone out there, so let's give it a go.

Why yes, I do have cats, why do you ask?

I'd been on the lookout for a T-shirt pattern for a while, mostly to wear with pinafore and dungaree style garments. But a T-shirt is a T-shirt so I'll end up wearing them with separates and under knitwear too. Over the years I've realised I'm quite particular when it comes to T-shirts: I don't like fitted T-shirts and I prefer round necklines. In the end I had my choice pinned down to two options: Seamwork's Jane T-shirt and Fancy tiger crafts' Wanderlust Tee. They both are beautiful patterns that I can see myself wearing regularly. I can't even remember what make me decide to go for the one or either, it might have been a coin toss to be honest. In the end it was Seamwork's pattern that the choice landed on.

Seamwork, which started as a Colette side project, is by now a well established name in the indie sewing world in its own right. They especially shine in the type of basic/everyday wear. The Jane T-shirt is more or less the epitome of that aesthetic. This design is mostly a classic t-shirt design with a loose fit at the bust and waist, but semi-fitted at the hips. I went with my bust measurements to pick my size. I fell in the middle to higher half of my size range, and am quite happy with the fit. The bust and hip measurements are the most important fit points on this type of garment anyway. I am quite pleased with the how it turned out straight from the pattern. It has as much positive ease as I envisioned. I noticed when looking through projects of others that some people commented that the loose fit is a bit too loose and even plainly too big. I don't have enough experience with Seamwork patterns to know whether this is a general thing with them, and as I didn't have any fit problems with this pattern, I am not too invested in it to find out quite yet. I'm am planning to use more Seamwork patterns in the future though, so I guess I'll find out at some point.

For the fabric I used a good quality cotton jersey. As a result, the shirt has bit more body to it than viscose jerseys. In terms of material quality, this is probably the best jersey fabric I've ever worked with. There is possibly a lesson in here about good quality material, and in general I do try to heed that, especially with regards to fibre content. On the other hand, I don't really consider myself to be proficient enough yet to really splash out in the fabric department, so the high grade fabrics will have to wait for some time.

I tried to match up the stripes as best as I could, and am quite happy with how that went. I'm not too strict about matching patterns up anyway, but with stripes I do try to make an effort. The sewing itself went quick and without a problem. Maybe if I were to do it again, I'd redo the neckline a smidge tighter, or do it with ribbing instead of the self fabric to give it more of a retail look. I'm not too bothered by how it's now though, and certainly not enough to go back and redo it.

Well, that's it for now, I hoped you enjoyed reading about this project! Speak soon!

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