Happy Halloween! Instead of talking about sewing costumes (we bought ours this year…shhh, don’t tell) I want to talk about sewing clothes. I have become obsessed with making clothes recently, with a goal to slowly convert a good portion of my wardrobe. I recently purged my closet of all the clothes that no longer fit the way I like, or are not my preferred style. Instead of restocking with store bought items, I decided to focus on making a few versatile, beautiful pieces that would pair nicely with my favorite jeans, or leggings and could carry me through fall and winter. First up, this gathered top in luscious Nani Iro fabric. Forgive the wrinkles…I think the shirt needs a good wash and iron to fall nicely into place.
The pattern is 2b, the Raglan Sleeve Top, but with a few variations. I decided not to do the slit collar and instead just gather the neckline. I also took a few inches off the body, otherwise the shirt was too tent-like for my liking. I also shaved about an inch off each arm to give them a slimmer fit. I love the outcome- a beautiful pattern, and clean lines. It is far from perfect, but I figure with each garment I sew, I’ll gain a greater understanding of fit, specifically how to adjust patterns to look best on my body. If you have any great patterns that you’ve had success with, please pass them along. Next up is the Wiksten Tova…I just need to fiddle with the neckline and it will be ready to model!
(a few behind-the-scenes shots for you….my boys, always wanting to be right where to action is!)