Hi there – hope everyone had a good week? I’m slowly getting back into a routine and starting to think about autumn sewing – but before I dig out scarves and jumpers and as long as the sun is still shining, I have a few more summer makes to share!
Way back in May (or possibly slightly earlier..) I made my first Deer and Doe Melilot blouse. This was one of those occasions where as soon as the pattern is launched you know that you want to make as many versions as possible.After I finished the first one I cut out four more almost immediately and sewed them all up at the same time – I have worn at least one every week this summer – they have been perfect for work with my ultimate trousers or hollyburn skirt and great at weekends with jeans.
As I said in my first post here, I cut a size 42 shoulders and bust, grading out to 44 at the waist and 46 hip. I did make a small forward shoulder adjustment this time but I’m not sure if I needed it (I always think I should need this adjustment because I often find shoulder seams slipping back but when I try the adjustment it never quite seems to work for me?) I used bias binding for the hems as I found it quite hard to get a rolled hem around the tight curves in places.
So here are three of the four made – in order of the amount of wear they had this summer – the fourth was white linen and has sadly frayed at the hem and I haven’t yet had the energy to repair it.
First is (maybe?) a Liberty lawn (with printing errors) which I bought at the Rag Market in Birmingham at last year’s Sewbrum – I split a length of this fabric with Helen. It looks like a Liberty print called Susannah but I can’t find any other examples online of this colourway. I really like the khaki shades which are quite anti-floral and this has had lots of wear this summer.
Next is a check shirt – I wasn’t absolutely sure whether I would love this fabric or feel a bit Calamity Jane in it… The fabric is ‘A modern twist on gingham’ from Fabworks – it is a lovely fabric with the slightly silky feel of lawn and was only £4 a metre – Fabworks have some great shirt fabrics available online.
Finally another Fabworks cotton – a tiny floral print with blue and pink flowers. I didn’t end up loving this quite as much as the others – I think I just don’t love small floral prints on me, no matter how much I like the fabric and colours.
I found that making multiples worked really well for me this summer with limited sewing time – it didn’t take that much longer to sew four seams than one and after the first version I didn’t have to worry about fitting as I went along. Has anyone else found themselves sewing multiples?