Swanky tank and black denim Laura pants in London


I love my white Grainline studio tank, made with a scrap of linen and eyelet.

So I’ve made one in navy 22 mm silk. French seams and a perfect rolled hem (if I do say so myself). So happy with this rolled hem, check it out. In a earlier post here I have a few tips for using your machines rolled hem foot.   It’s such a luxurious silk, from Tessuti. I didn’t have quite enough material so had to piece two small sections at the front shoulders. I used French seams and hopefully it’s either not too noticeable or  it looks like a design feature. Whoa these dark glossy fabrics are hard to photograph, I haven’t done them justice here. Does anyone have any tips?

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Is it possible to pack a colourful travel wardrobe?

I  enjoyed  Winnie’s colourful me-made holiday packing post. I thought something similar would help get me organised and plan a travel wardrobe.

Mostly packing advice suggests coordinating neutrals. But I’m a sewist and I love colour. Let’s see if I can make this work. For the UK and Italy, this is what I’m packing.1407569214175

Made by me:

Tessuti’s Laura pants white and blue striped linen and black denim,Tessuti’s Anita pants pink ponte, self-drafted cami red silk satin, Sewaholic Renfrew top dusty red modal,Grainline Studio tanks white linen and eyelet and navy silk, Grainline white linen Archer, Flora dress floral voile, multi-floral Simplicity maxi, green linen Hawthorn, Cordova jacket, Sewaholic Gabriola floral skirt, Zinnia cambray skirt. Continue reading

Too small for a make, too lovely to throw, tank to the rescue

What do you do with your fabric scraps? I can’t bear parting with beautiful fabric. Undies might be the way to go, there are some lovely ones on the interwebs, like this watercolour floral set by Carolyn.

I had some white linen left from my Anna top. No good for undies but, Grainline’s tiny pocket tank absolutely. Just enough linen to provide some modesty for a woman of a certain age. Worn here with my shibori navy print Tessuti Laura pants.  Just step back a bit dear……….tmp_21837-image1686019508

I had such a small amount of linen that I ended up cutting it on the bias just to squeeze it out of what I had left. I think the bias gives it quite a nice effect though. The self-made bias for finishing the neck and arms took a bit of making-do, joining small bits of linen.

I think I’ll get much more wear out of this with the linen section than if I’d made the whole thing out of the eyelet. Very breezy, will be perfect in the heat. It’s more unseasonal sewing, all in the cause of building a travel wardrobe.

“Canberrans have struggled through the coldest August night in 20 years with temperatures dropping to as low as -7.6 degrees.”

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