Silver linen Kate top

My tablecloth skirt for #melbournefrocktails needed a simple top. I decided on Tessuti’s Kate top, view A. (I made view B last year.)

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I picked up some silver linen from A2F. But oh when will I ever learn to make a muslin!!!. I had it at try on stage, and naturally there was gaping at the armholes because I didn’t do an FBA. If I’d made a muslin the need for an FBA would have been obvious.wp-1453784697841.jpeg

Luckily I had enough fabric to start again (because I had planned on using some silver to trim a jacket).

I have attempted FBAs before but have never really understood what I was doing. Not till I read  Alexandra’s tutorials. These were so useful, now I feel like I should re-make my whole wardrobe! well the things that would benefit from an FBA (oh dear does that mean more fabric) :). I feel like this is the first properly fitting top I’ve ever made!! with no gaping at the arms or pulling across the chest.wp-1453967342503.jpeg

It said 100% linen, not sure how it can be, it’s basically a white linen with a silver coating on one side. Whether it is or it isn’t- it’s rather lovely and has stood up fine to washing. I do make sure to iron carefully on the wrong side, not convinced the silver is really linen. I used the ‘wrong’ side  to make the binding.

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I can see more FBAs in my future, more muslins certainly doh! I guess all that works with slowing down the sewing a bit. Something I’m trying to do. Never thought I would get to the stage of too many clothes but I guess that happens when you’re obsessed with sewing. Anyone else have a similar issue?

Happy sewing all xx

 

 

 

Barbara jane made Kate top

 

 

tablecloth skirt #melbournefrocktails

Well helloo hello, longtime no blogging, but I’m back to show you my Melbourne frocktails skirt. It’s definitely a winner, though it didn’t start out that way.

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I had this cotton pique or marcella in my stash for ages. I loved it’s large scale floral but when it arrived (from tessuti) I thought oh no, what will I do with it, it’s so heavy and thick.barbarjanemade.jpeg

It marinated in the stash. All I could think to do with it was make a tablecloth, and it would have made a lovely tablecloth, an expensive one, but very pretty.

Then I bought a ticket to Melbourne frocktails!!! I saw a gorgeous RTW skirt my daughter was wearing, full, flared, twirly, lots of body and so the ‘tablecloth’ skirt was born.tmp_10189-20160101_130752-1962500919tmp_10189-20160101_1308571662601258

I based it on the BHL Flora skirt. Pretty much a circle skirt with inverted box pleats front and back. I wanted a shaped waistband that didn’t collapse. I made the waistband first and got it the size I wanted before adjusting the skirt and pleats to fit the waistband.

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The waistband is roughly based on the Grainline Moss skirt, but wider, and to sit at the waist, not below. Pretty heart shaped button…..

I used Gertie’s tutorial on boning a waistband to prevent it from collapsing.  I used rigilene polyester boning inside casing made from  white bias binding.

The inside waistband and pockets are Liberty. Another stash fabric that I wondered what I was thinking afterwards (or as Marcy might say, what was I drinking).tmp_10189-20160105_122551325895031

The Flora doesn’t have pockets, but in-seam pockets are an easy addition and who doesn’t love a pocket in a fancy skirt. Liberty pockets………barbarajanemade.jpeg

By the time it was done, I was quite pleased with it and thought it deserved a hand sewn hem – it took foooorever, but now I love the old tablecloth skirt.

For the top I made a Tessuti Kate in silver linen (who knew, there was such a thing, but A2F had some). It’s the first time I’ve really understood and done a proper a full bust adjustment, what??! Now I want to remake all the things. Details of the silver Kate soon Shoes from Bared Footwear, inspired by Jillian.

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Frocktails was such a good night, it was so good to meet so many other sewists and see all the gorgeous frocks, all the fabric. Fabric shopping organized by Anna was a blast too. Imagine hanging out in fabric shops with people that know about fabric and aren’t  in a hurry to leave 😊

thanks for a great weekend lovely Melbourne hosts and frocktails organisers.

cheers

barbara

tmp_10189-20160116_191349-1094480759The tailors tack, freshly minted (ha ha) for frocktails.

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BJ made! floral linen/cotton/silk Kate top

I had been coveting this linen/cotton/silk on Tessuti’s website for some time.

Then Kate came along. And of course the competition.

Tessuti are running a competition to celebrate the release of the Kate top pattern.

I had an excuse…….to buy this gorgeous Italian linen, cotton and silk mix fabric. Not that I needed one bwah ha ha.

All my favorite fibres in one fabric AND a digital floral print, resistance was futile.

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Tessuti’s new pattern, the Kate top, comes in 2 variations, a scoop neck and a high neck with back placket and button closure. I chose the scoop neck, as I think a lower neckline generally suits the more busty among us better.

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BJmade! Sophie again

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This is my fourth!! Sophie. I love this pattern. I thought it would be a good pairing with a light linen for a summer frock.

My other Tessuti Sophies are a blue and white spot linen top, Marrimeko dress and in hot pink linen. wpid-wp-1440723985904.jpeg

To fit the summer holiday vibe I shortened it. The dip at the sides is even more obvious shorter and I like it.

I think the novelty on one lapel has worn off, so, no lapel on this dress.

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Pattern: Tessuiti’s Sophie dress

Fabric: linen from Cleggs

Modifications: eliminated the one lapel and shortened the dress by around 15 cm.

What I like: it is light, airy, cool and floaty and the linen, must be one of my favorite fabrics. What’s your favorite?

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BJmade! Tessuti Gabby dress for the beach

I thought I’d give Tessuti’s Gabby dress a try.

Sometimes you need a beach cover-up that covers the shoulders.

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Anyway I thought Tessuti’s Gabby dress might fit the bill. Gabby is a loose fit dress with a short sleeve and a nice A-line flare. It has 2 views, the first with a contrast hem panel. As I was planning to slip it on over bathers I thought I could get away with shorter than I’d wear for everyday, so made it without the contrast hem panel. Continue reading