Friday, May 16, 2014

Skirt detail and two tops


Thank you all for your kind comments on the skirt, it was a fun project to do. Special thanks to Anita from StudioFaro. She offered help if needed for my next attempt at the Double Drape Tee. I’m not making one very soon as I really have a huge to-do/to-sew list, but the offer is much appreciated.

AllisonC asked whether the ruffles were hemmed or double: they are hemmed with a narrow hem. It was difficult to see on the original but it is a narrow hem there too.


Vivienz asked whether I planned more of these and I might, it was an easy, relatively fast to make project and it would be nice to have it in a darker color. But you know how it goes: one day the mind is set to do something, the other day the fancy strikes to do something completely different.

I won’t bother you with my list as I’m notoriously not keeping to them (see the above). On it are nine garments I would like to make pretty soon, two of them are lingerie sets for my daughter and myself. And yesterday I managed to make two items of the list. Easy, quick projects, sewn in “production line”. It’s an old tnt Ottobre t-shirt pattern, for which I lowered the neckline.

The first fabric was bought at one of the fabric markets that are held here, the other was bought in Paris last month. As you can see even on the dressform pictures, the drape is different. The fabric from Paris has more drape. It shrank a lot in the laundry, I bought 1.5 meters, after washing it only 1.25 meter was left. These are casual shirts. I really need some as a few others are worn so much that they have to be thrown away because the fabric shows the wearing.


Out of nine planned projects, seven still to be made. Next project in next post.

Happy weekend all, I’m going to do a 5K run on Sunday (a ladies run). Luckily the weather has improved.


  1. I absolutely love that knock off skirt. You knocked it off perfectly too. The detailing is superb. The tops are adorable. You can wear either one of them with your knock off skirt as well as with just about anything else. Dress them down with a pair of jeans or dress them up with a fancy skirt or a pair of dress slacks. Either way... you can't lose. Keep up the great work!

  2. That skirt is so cute and flattering, I might have to knock-off your knock-off.

    Pretty shirts too, love the bright colors and interesting textures in the fabric.

  3. Love the change of neckline - a really nice compromise between round and V neck, and a little different to the usual. The shrinkage on that fabric was a bit of a surprise, wasn't it? I'm usually very lazy with knits and often don't launder them first, but this has made me think again. Perfect colours for you, too.

    Have fun with your run on Sunday!

  4. Thank for answering my question - that is a lot of hemming! The tops look great too, nice neckline shape and love the prints.

  5. Great knock off. Isn't it great when we can do that? I certainly can't afford most of what I knock off either! Love your tops. The neckline looks like it will be very flattering. In fact I just drafted one just like it for the tops I just cut out.

  6. Great tops made all the better by the speed of construction. Love the Paris fabric made up,I bought the same in a brown colourway and mine shrank from a metre to 75cm . I still have to find a pattern for it.

  7. Love, love, LOVE that orange, white and pink shirt. SO cute, so cheerful and it looks so soft. I bet it's like wearing your PJ's legally (as in wearing them out of the house, yet still looking glamorous and dressed up).


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