Thread Theory Camas Blouse Spotty Sew along

I’ve been really struggling to take photos so far this year. The other half usually acts as photographer but trying to coordinate a time when we are both in during daylight (and I’ve had the inclination) has been difficult. His patience has also been running low when faced with multiple garments. This has become more evident in the quality of the photos (this video also made me chuckle!) The ones that are actually in focus (and with my eyes open) are usually me swearing at him through gritted teeth while he says ‘well do something then, they’ all look the same!’ I’ve also noticed that many are slightly wonky and look like I’m standing on a hill. With four things in the queue things reached crisis point.  So after three years of using my phone I’ve bought a proper (albeit second hand) camera, tripod and remote.

I’m going to start my catch up with the most recent thing I’ve made; the Thread Theory Camas Blouse. This has been on my radar since its release last year as it’s very similar to a well-loved Fat Face blouse I’ve had for years. When they announced a sew along (and a discount for the pattern) it gave me the push I needed, here’s the description:

‘Enjoy the unrestricted comfort of a t-shirt and the put together elegance of a blouse.  This blouse is designed to be COMFORTABLE and can be sewn in knits or stretch fabrics.  It features shoulder and back yokes, elegant gathering, and a flattering curved v-shaped neckline placket.  

The gathers create a flattering shape that is loose enough to float over the body rather than cling to it.  The delicately curved hem can be tucked into trousers and skirts or can be left loose to float over skinny jeans.  The slim sleeves end just below the elbow to create the perfect multi-season blouse.

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I used a vintage Liberty Viscose bought from eBay, £12 for two and a half meters. I was sceptical when I bought it but when it arrived it had the Liberty bolt label attached and the last length cut was dated 1992. As the pattern is designed for knits I went up a size (to a 16) to account for using a woven fabric.

It was an absolute joy to make from start to finish, quite easy and came together really quickly. The sew along is very detailed and although I used the printed instructions is was useful just to check how the button band went in.   I skipped buttonholes as I could slip it over my head so I just sewed the buttons on shutting the placket.  I used some buttons from my stash and also used my expanding sewing gauge for the first time!

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It did turn out to be a bit too big. In hindsight I should have looked at the finished measurements before choosing my size. There is a very detailed list below the size chart and it is also printed on the back pattern piece. I usually grumble about patterns not including the finished garment measurements yet this time I had a bit of a brain drain and didn’t think to look at them. It’s perfectly wearable and the fabric drapes beautifully but I think I might take it in a little bit (I seem to have a real fear of making things too small so overcompensate by sizing up too much)

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Apart from choosing the wrong size I think I’ve found my perfect blouse pattern. I love the style, very simple but with just enough detail and in the right places. I’ve dismissed many blouse patterns before as they look great on the model but I know with my bust they would resemble maternity wear. I’ve already cut out my next one, this time in a blue polka dot (my first blue thing this year!) I’ve cut a size 14 but graded into a 12 at the waist. If I can get the sizing right I think I’ll be making a small army of them to see me through Spring and Summer.

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I had a marathon solo photo session but it was a bit windy so my hair got messier and messier with every picture. We could probably have a game of ‘guess which order the blog photos were taken’ over the next few posts. I think I prefer the tripod to my other half, much more patient and with a steadier hand. I was just merrily clicking away so hopefully there should be a bit more variety to the usual smiling with gritted teeth!

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Humphrey!

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I’ll leave you with this scary staring one!

Helen x

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Me Made May: The Final Week (and a bit)

Well May is over and it seems to have gone by so quickly. Unfortunately the great British weather wasn’t as good as last year so most of my summer dresses stayed in the wardrobe. Luckily I had the foresight not to pack away the cooler weather stuff.

 

Day twenty two

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Maria Denmark spotty Kimono Tee and Grainline Morris Blazer

I’ve grown rather fond of my Spotty Tees, now May is over I can wear them multiple times a week.

Day twenty three

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Liberty Mitsi Deer and Doe Sureau

This is a perfect in between dress, I actually got my legs out.

Day twenty four

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Stripey Deer and Doe Plantain dress

It’s first outing and perfect for pottering around in. It really needs some sunshine though…and a beach….and maybe a Yacht.

Day twenty five

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Blue Liberty Carline Maria Denmark Edith Blouse

This is my favourite thing ever. Like the spotty tees I can wear it almost constantly now May is over!

Day twenty six

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Gingham Maria Denmark Edith Blouse and Navy Miette Cardigan

It was sunny and I nearly put a dress on but we were going to the Cinema and I was worried about draughty air conditioning.

Day twenty seven

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Broderie Anglaise Grainline Scout

This hadn’t had much wear since making it last year. Partially because I can’t keep anything white clean but it also seemed a little unfinished. I added a French Lace trim to the hem and sleeves and like it much better now.

Day twenty eight

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Green Colette Hawthorn and Green Miette Cardigan

At this point I was becoming very conscious of how much blue I wear so this was a concerted effort to change things up a little.

Day twenty nine

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Blue Flowery Lady Skater

Yep, blue again!

Day thirty

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Sewaholic Cambie dress

Determined to wear a summer dress before May is out. (blue again)

Day thirty one

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Maria Denmark Liberty Edith blouse and Green Miette Cardigan

The final day and a chance to wear the second of my Carline Blouses. I’ve managed to find a bag with the same print and I’m also planning some matching knickers (overkill maybe?)

 

Final thoughts:

I easily managed to do no repeats and quite a few things didn’t get worn. It’s maybe time to do a bit of a wardrobe cull but I’m quite attached and sentimental about the things I’ve made.

I really like blue.

I’m obsessed with the weather.

I wore jeans for twelve days, dresses for fifteen and skirts only three times (and a Bruyere) I actually prefer wearing dresses but do wear jeans more often than I thought. I should maybe concentrate on making tops for a bit so I have something different to wear with them.

I’ve been wearing me made knickers all month but modesty prevented me from posting them on the internet. We are in the process of bedroom decorating so the majority of my undies have been packed away until they get some new drawers to live in. I’ve allowed myself five pairs but have to rely on them finding their way into the washing machine with some frequency. Luckily this week is Measure Twice Cut Once’s Everyone Deserves Pretty Knickers week so I’ll be spending time increasing my available knicker stock!

I am a little sad it’s all over, it’s been great seeing everyone’s outfits and I’ve really looked forward to sitting down with a coffee and having a real Instagram binge. There’s been so much inspiration and my monthly sewing budget has been totally blown on all the new patterns I’ve had to get. The only problem now is figuring out what to sew next, my brain is saturated with ideas and projects. I’m hoping the knicker making might give me time to take stock and put some kind of order to the sewing queue.

A big thank you to Zoe for hosting it again, it’s been a great month!

 

Me Made May ’15 week three

I can’t believe it’s the end of week three already, it’s flying by. Unfortunately the opportunity to get the summer dresses out this week was non-existent as the weather seemed to think we were back in February. Anyway on to the roundup:

 

Day fifteen

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Stripey Grainline Hemlock with my Peggy Sue Cardigan

I should wear this cardigan more often, the cable ribbing is lovely!

Day sixteen

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My old reliable navy By Hand London Anna dress with green Miette cardigan.

I love this dress, it’s perfect for throwing on when I really can’t decide what to wear. It looks like white polka dots but they are actually little daisies. I have a bit of a thing about navy and green, I’ve been searching for some navy and green stripy knit fabric for ages without success. I know it must exist somewhere!

Day seventeen

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Deer and Doe Bruyere

I really need to make another one of these, it’s a lovely pattern and fits my frame really well. I actually have some Chambray to make a dress version but it keeps getting bumped down the list.

Day eighteen

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Grainline Moss ‘mini’, purple Deer and Doe Plantain and Purple Miette cardigan

A horrible cold and wet Monday morning necessitated woolly tights and layers. I love my purple Miette, it’s a quite expensive silk and merino blend yarn but it holds the lace detail well and doesn’t ‘bobble’ like my wool ones.

Day nineteen

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Denim Colette Laurel

I finally got around to making this denim shift a couple of weeks ago and I love it!

Day twenty

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Grey Deer and Doe Plantain, Grainline Archer and By Hand London Victoria Blazer

At work so lot’s of layers as I really had no idea what the weather was going to do!

Day twenty one

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Christine Haynes Broderie Anglaise Emery dress with Navy Miette Cardigan

Another old faithful dress. I put my boots on again but the weather really warmed up at lunchtime!

Some thoughts:

The blue thing is getting really silly, I actually wore it every day this week and that was after promising I would try to be more colourful!

I wore my boots for four days and it’s the latter part of May! The boots are now boxed up and ready to go into the loft, if it turns chilly again I’ll just have to put up with chilly goose pimpled legs!

I seem to be obsessed with the weather, all my Instagram posts seem to include a brief weather report. I think it comes from working outside!

Even though I said I wouldn’t, I might actually try and end the month with no repeats. I haven’t really worn any of my summer clothes so if the weather warms up I should be able to get through to the end of the month without any duplicity.

How is everybody else getting along now we are into the final week?

 

 

Me Made May 15 week two round up

Day eight

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Purple deer and Doe Plantain and Green Miette Cardigan

At work uniform!

Day nine

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Silk ‘Darling Ranges’ mash up

This is my favourite dress but the one I had most problems with. The fit was dreadful and I ended up completely redrafting the bodice and sleeves. The only original part of the pattern is the skirt and button band!

Day ten

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Paisley Weekend Doris dress

Living up to its name!

Day eleven

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Flowery Grainline Hemlock and By Hand London Victoria Blazer

This is an old tee and starting to look worse for wear but I love the fabric. The Victoria blazer didn’t get a lot of wear as it looked really ‘boxy’ on me. A couple of months ago I got around to unpicking the lining to fix it. I took it in at the waist and added fisheye darts to the front and back which has made a lot of difference. I’m glad it’s wearable now as the jacket is wool and lined with silk and I felt a bit guilty at wasting such nice fabric.

Day twelve

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Ladyskater with Myrna cardigan

Working from home so dressed for comfort (looking very blue!)

Day thirteen

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Stripey Deer and Doe Plantain with Grainline Morris Blazer (not yet blogged)

I will get around to blogging this Morris eventually. It’s a blue Ponte and this was the first time I wore it. It’s perfect for work, a bit smarter than a cardigan but just as warm.

Day fourteen

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Deer and Doe Sureau

This was my second wearable muslin of the Sureau and to be honest it’s had more wear than the final one! It definitely needs to be worn with tights though as I got carried away when hemming and shortened it a bit too much. Glad I got chance to wear it before the weather gets warmer!

Some thoughts:

I wear blue a lot! I didn’t realise how much until people started commenting on it on Instagram. I’ve worked out that about half of my wardrobe is blue along with a good percentage of my fabric stash.

Wearing the Morris for work was a good idea. Gardening usually means wearing practical clothes and my usual choice is jeans with t-shirt/cardigan/jumper/shirt. It was nice to look a little smarter and as we do get visitors I really should make the effort to look a little bit more professional. I can’t not wear jeans but if I can try and smarten up the top half that would make a difference.

If I’m honest I actually prefer cooler weather wear (autumn and spring, not winter!) I feel more comfortable in tights and boots. I’m just not keen exposing so much bare flesh when the weather warms up!

 

We are already halfway through, how are you getting on?

Me Made May ’15 week one round up.

Well we have the first week over and it seems I’ve been a little premature getting my summer dresses out. We’ve had a couple of good days but instead of sandals I’ve been relying on my boots.

Anyway, here’s the run down:

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Day one

Spotty Deer and Doe Plantain, Navy Miette and Liberty Scarf

This is possibly my on the project work uniform!

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Day two

Colette Hawthorn (unblogged)

Had wanted to wear something a bit more summery but it was cold and windy so decided on my winter Hawthorn as it’s one of my warmest dresses.

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Day three

Weekend Doris dress

Sunday pottering around dress

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Day four

Marilla Walker Evan Skirt with stripy Deer and Doe Plantain

Bank holiday Monday, generally pottering with a bit of sewing time.

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Day five

Deer and Doe Sureau

Combination of work and running around trying to catch up with all the things that usually get done on a Monday!

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Day six

Grainline Archer and stripy Hemlock tee

On the project and a variation on the Miette, with an Archer instead.

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Day seven

Deer and Doe Chardon skirt with stripy Grainline Hemlock

Cold and windy again so out came the boots, black ones this time though!

Musings so far:

 

  • There has only been two days out of the week that I didn’t wear Grainline or Deer and Doe, I have made other patterns!
  • I rely heavily on my Hemlocks and Plantains, I didn’t realise how heavily until seeing the evidence! (I have made a couple of Maria Denmarks’ Kimono tees so I am starting to be a little more adventurous)
  • I like the stripes with the Chardon, I couldn’t find my black Plantain which I usually wear with it and just grabbed the first thing that came to hand. Quite like the idea of using stripes as a neutral.
  • I could probably do with more than one pose although in my defence the bathroom is north facing and I’m trying to turn towards the light!

 

How are you getting on with MMMay? Have you encountered any startling revelations yet?

OWOP- a week of Scouts!

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Well One Week One Pattern is over and I made it through the week!  Thanks to Handmade Jane for hosting this year!  It was actually easier than expected and I think choosing the Grainline Scout tee gave me a lot more versatility.  Here’s what I wore:

Day One

Broderie Anglaise Scout with Denim Megan Nielsen Kelly Skirt

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I like this top, although I don’t think i’ll wear it tucked in again as it makes me look really short-wasted.  I saw a girl earlier in a white top which had scalloped edges along the hem and sleeves, this gave me the idea to add a scalloped broderie anglaise trim to this top, I feel it needs something and that might be it!

Day two

Black sparkly knit Scout

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This fabric called to me in a kinda ‘ooh sparkly’ way!  It has a lovely drape to it and even though I rarely have occasion to wear sparkly tops I had to have it (I got some in a Chartreuse Green too). I had wanted to see how the Scout tee looked in a knit fabric and it worked really well.  I spent the day purging wardrobes and sorting uniforms but really enjoyed wearing this around the house!

Day three

Knit Scout tee with Colette Zinnia Skirt

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Another knit Scout although in a much finer fabric.  This turned out to be quite sheer so I had to wear a came underneath.  Not quite sure that the Zinnia is working for me here though, there’s a bit too much fabric going on in that skirt.

Day four

Sparkly Scout tee (again) and Grainline Moss Mini

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I think this is my favourite outfit of the week.  I’ve hardly worn this Moss skirt since I made it but it was really comfortable and I think it works well with my short stature.  I will wear it more often now and maybe make more to wear with woolly tights through the winter.

Day five

Green embroidered Scout with Miette cardigan

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This is my favourite Scout and has been worn a lot.  It’s a lovely fine pale green cotton with cream embroidery.  Wore it at work with my old faithful green Miette cardigan and jeans.

Day six

Blue Voile Scout and Chambray Hollyburn Skirt

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This Scout gave me the most trouble while I was making it, it’s a silk and cotton blended voile and very fine.  I used French seams throughout, the side seams and the neck binding went together ok but I really struggled setting in the sleeves.  I had a couple of puckers but there was no way to unpick them without completely ruining the top. I think I was rushing to get it finished and should have left it until the morning but you know how it goes! Anyway, I finished the sleeves the best I could and you can’t really notice the puckers (but I know they are there!) Again this was a very sheer fabric so I wore a slip underneath to preserve my modesty!

Day seven

Black and cream Scout tee and purple Miette cardigan

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Another well worn Scout, it’s a polyester fabric and a little bit slippy.  I added satin bias binding to the neckline as a contrast and also to stabilise it a bit better. Worn with my other faithful Miette.

And so there you go.  I’ve really enjoyed this challenge and it’s been wonderful seeing everybody else’s outfits around the blogosphere, kinda like a mini me made May!  I think it’s really tested the versatility of this pattern, it’s worked well in a variety of fabrics.  I love the knit versions, especially the black sparkly one, this will probably be my go to TNT t-shirt pattern now.

Did you join in with OWOP and if so how did you get on?  How well did your pattern work for you?

 

 

 

 

 

One Week One Pattern (otherwise know as owop!)

Tomorrow sees the start of One Week One Pattern, a sewing challenge, hosted this year by Handmade Jane. The concept is to wear one pattern for a whole week.

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I do enjoy a good sewing challenge and this will test how versatile a pattern can be, just by changing the type of fabric, print or simply styling.

I have opted for the Grainline Scout woven tee, I needed to pick something practical because I will be wearing jeans for at least three days of the week at work (trust me, digging and pruning in a dress is a no no!)  I already have three versions of the Scout in my wardrobe, all of which are woven. I wanted to see how the pattern translates to other fabrics so I have made three more; two knit versions and one in a very light cotton/silk blend. I will be posting slightly blurry bathroom selfies on Instagram (justsewtherapeutic) with the hashtag #owop14. I’ll also do a round-up post with pictures of each Scout modelled on Doris so you can see what they look like without all the blurriness!

Really looking forward to this and especially seeing what everyone else is wearing!

 

Are you taking part and if so which pattern have you picked?