Ahoy! Time for another hare-brained (read: Covid-brained, and therefore scattered and unfocused) blog post from yours truly! I’m here to show off a few Somerset Tops by Maven Patterns.
I love a good boatneck — I think it’s such a flattering neckline. And speaking of boats, this happens to be my ‘garment inspired by the book’ for the latest round of the Literary Sewing Circle. Let me explain…
Melanie, of Following the Thread, periodically hosts a Literary Sewing Circle in which she selects a book to read and discuss, and which hopefully inspires a new sewing project. The latest book was Bellewether by Susanna Kearsley. It takes place in 1759, during the Seven Years War, and tells the story of a captured French-Canadian soldier who is billeted with an American farming family on the shores of Long Island. The namesake of the book is a ship named Bellewether. So the book includes references to boats and shipping and maritime life, and some of its secondary characters are sailors or shipbuilders. So I sewed a boatneck top!
The fabric is a lovely bamboo-cotton jersey. This is actually the third version of this pattern I’ve sewn…scroll down to see the other two. It has become a go-to pattern because I love how it fits, and it’s a really simple and quick sew. For all three versions, I cut and sewed a size 10, grading out at the waist to a 12. Maven Patterns is a British pattern company so these are UK/Australian sizes, equivalent to size 6 US overall and 8 at the waist.
I couldn’t help but fool around with the “virtual background” option in Zoom for a cheesy photo opportunity, complete with bits of my actual background showing through!
Here’s another version, this time using the bishop-sleeve option included with the pattern.
I know the skirt is the star of the show here, but I didn’t make that. I did, however, buy it second-hand at a huge vintage clothing show & sale that I attended last spring in Lyon, France. THAT was a treat!
Here’s a really awkward photo of the last version I made with lilac jersey. (This was the only usable photo from that shoot but you get the idea.)
If you feel like reading a book that will take you out of this modern-day madness and into a different time and place, I would recommend Bellewether. I’d also recommend having a look at some of Melanie’s really interesting posts in which she interviews the author, lists a lot of inspiration patterns and fabric, and discusses the themes of the book. Reading and sewing are two of my favourite pastimes so I’m happy they can come together in this way.
Have you read anything good lately? I’m hungry for reading recommendations!
Thanks for stopping by!