It’s a wrap – kielo by named

My darling  daughter sends me photos of outfits she thinks will suit her (and me). Most recently it was the Kielo wrap dress by Named. She’s got a good eye.

This is my second Named pattern. I love my Saunio cardiganwpid-20150906_125146.jpg, it looks so simple, like there’s nothing to it, but there’s some clever drafting hidden in the simplicity. I like it so much I made this one and another in white (unblogged) that gets lots of wear.

But back to the Kielo. I got 5m of this navy eyelet from the A2F  sale, enough for a Kielo for me and M.Barbarajanemade Named Kielo wrap dress.jpeg

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Jennifer Lauren Handmade – Gable top

A new pattern! The Gable top by Jennifer Lauren Handmade  released today!
‘With a classic 50s-inspired true slash neckline, a long-line body for extra comfort and three different sleeve options’
I pattern tested, first time I’ve tested a pattern, it was fun.
 barbarajanemade Gable top
I must say once I’d cut out my size 14 I thought o oh this isn’t  going to go round me, but I love the fit, more snug than I usually make but I really like it. I didn’t make any changes to the pattern. I usually do an FBA, but as Jen drafts for a D cub and with the stretch, I thought it might be ok, and it was.
I didn’t use, as suggested, a medium to heavy knit. Mine is a very light wool/viscose.  I think it worked well. I like the slash neckline, that I secured with twin needles. I made it dip as much as I could without distorting the seams.

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Liberty fleece – is it worth it?

There was a time I thought Liberty only did lawn, but no, there’s a whole world of loveliness, silk satin, silk georgette and fleece!

There were a few beauties at the Fabric store when I acquired this. I was very tempted by the hot pink, but went more muted in the end.

barbarajane made Style Arc in Liberty

The pattern is Style Arc Madison, with lengthened sleeves.  I like that it’s a raglan with not too low a scooped neckline. I also like the small dart at the shoulder that means the sleeve sits nicely. I’ve made it before (not blogged) with the sleeve length as in the pattern, but I’ve since made a few, this one included with the sleeve lengthened.barbarajane made Style Arc in Libertybarbarajane made Style Arc in Liberty Continue reading

Silk for winter (Tom and Linda Platt top)

A new top for a mid-winter birthday. Anyone else find silk good for winter?

For a special treat weekend in the Blue Mountains I wanted something warm but stylish. I’ve  had this pattern and fabric in the stash for ages.
I took my time with this one.  So slippery,  so slidey, so tricky to sew and so lovely to wear, silk satin. barbarajanemade Tom and Linda Platt top.jpg

The pattern is  a Vogue by Tom and Linda Platt and described as a ‘bias front, back and cowl-neck collar , three-quarter raglan sleeves, shaped hemline’. barbarajanemade Tom and Linda Platt top.jpg.jpeg

The seam that attaches the rather dramatic collar is flat-felled, because it is quite obvious depending on how you wear it. The hems are very narrow, done by doing a row of stitching and using that to fold the tiny hem over before stitching into place. Continue reading