Friends, I have really lost my blog-jo lately. I don’t feel like I have much to say that’s terribly clever or interesting but I still want to connect with you. So here are a few pictures of a couple of fun makes, with a distinct lack of clever commentary. Perhaps the fact that this dress is covered in OCTOPI makes up for my writer’s block!
This is a cotton jersey fabric by Cotton & Steel. HOW AWESOME IS THIS FABRIC! These groovy molluscs are show-stealers so they called for a very simple canvas. McCall’s 6886 – a TNT pattern for many sewists – fit the bill with zero design frills.
What I’d change next time (and probably alter on this version): there’s too much ease. I’m always terrified of things turning out too small, but I should’ve known a big 4 pattern would come out on the big side. And the sleeves would be more flattering if they were more fitted. The neckline is gaping a bit, so I will shorten the shoulder-to-bust length next time — a modification I have to do on most patterns anyway. In other reviews I’ve read of this pattern, it seems that extra fabric pooling above the butt is not uncommon. I’m having the same issue and even considered putting fisheye darts in the back after I’d sewn it.
So I have been doing a bit of surgery on this since these pictures were taking, and am confident I’ll get it to the point where I feel great wearing it.
Also of note: the contrast colour looks red in my photos but it’s actually HOT PINK. I fucking LOVE hot pink on grey. And especially when it’s on OCTOPI!
Next is the Nina cardigan by Style Arc. I sewed it using a Rayon-Cotton-Modal sweater knit from Water Tower Textiles, which is really lovely and soft.
This cardigan is such an interesting design! At first glance it’s a basic waterfall-front cardigan, but check out how the back is pieced together to not only create the waterfall effect at the front, but also create some waist-shaping. This is a BRILLIANT design.
Here I’m wearing the cardi with some RTW pants and the Chai Tee I made.
Thanks for stopping by!