I recently undertook some batch cutting (3 Torrens and 2 Glebe Pants)- my scraps looked quite good together and I didn’t have room in my bins to add these in so I started piecing them together since that felt better than just guiltily throwing them out (or storing them in the dark for 2-3 years.
Everything I know about improv piecing I learnt from this post about Emily’s Grainger Coat. Clearly things being totally square and on the grain was not my major concern. I started by piecing together bits that I could get together (I started with the circus tent bit in the middle). I ended up with lots of bits which had 3 or 4 bits joined, some of them were more square or rectangular than others, and eventually I used my quilting ruler to square up the pieces and I started putting them together.
I didn’t pay much attention to the composition of the pieces- there was no attempt to balance it or make it look ordered.
It wasn’t until the very end that I started to try and make a specific shape to fill in a gap that was left (the top right is the bit that got made last and it has the smallest bits).
Below is a close-up of the circus-tent zone and a little checkerboard intersection which was quite pleasing (and yeah, I definitely did try to get them to intersect nicely but not hard enough that it doesn’t feel like a happy coincidence).
What will it become? No idea. Maybe a wall hanging or a cushion cover for the couch? The linen is nice for clothes but not particularly heavy-weight so I wouldn’t want to use it for something that gets heavy wear (like a bag).
The new Tarawi Shirt has happily joined my wardrobe! This is the 23rd pattern that Leila and I have released over the last two years and at the time of posting, there’s about 48-hours left to get 15% off (no discount code needed).
Here’s a little bit of wardrobe and colour-scheme exploration about fitting these new Tarawi Shirts into my wardrobe!
I’ve posted before about my explorations trying to narrow down a colour scheme for my wardrobe, or ‘trying to make sure every project is a winner’. With still no solid answers (but ever more questions), these 2 shirts raised a lot of questions for me.
The two Tarawi Shirts that I’ve shared here were fabrics I had decided wouldn’t necessarily be for me, or not for me to wear out in public! The purple ‘cow spot’ fabric I had put aside to sell at a stash sale (but nobody bought it from me) and I got the blue plaid thinking I might make a shirt for someone else, or pyjamas for myself… Basically, these were toiles that I think have redeemed themselves (and given me food for thought) because I wasn’t sure they’d be winners colour-wise for me!
Because I love all fabrics and really bright colours (would you believe that I’m a bit obsessed with bright Kaffe Fassett prints?), it can be difficult for me to narrow down things that I’m quite drawn to, but don’t necessarily want to wear. The purple ‘cow print’ fabric arrived in the post, and I thought ‘why did you buy that?’. I was pretty certain that I’d fallen prey to that classic ‘love it but don’t want to wear it’ situation.
The pale lilac shade and the print both felt very ‘young’. Like something a Gen X would wear with mint mules. Fine for them, but not something for me necessarily.
Something obviously made me hold on to the fabric, and I’m quite taken by the final product! I like how there’s a pattern, but it’s still quite low-contrast, and how the purple shade will work with many of the other colours in my wardrobe.
Navy has been a colour that I’ve been avoiding lately. Not because I don’t like it, and not because it doesn’t suit me, but because I found that it was bringing a lot of contrast to my outfits- contrast that I didn’t feel good in (read more musings from me on low-contrast combos). This discovery came after I finished this Shoalhaven (a project I was really pleased with), and then found I really wasn’t reaching for because it was too high-contrast and wasn’t bringing me joy.
The cozy navy brushed cotton twill I used for this Tarawi was fabric that I’d decided to use as a toile- I didn’t expect to finish it into a wearable garment. The fabric was so snuggly and nice, that I did end up finishing it and it ended up being a great match for the Shoalhaven. Together, they make a pairing that I’m comfortable in.
I’ve paired the shirt and shacket combo with these rust Woden shoes that I was having a hard time pairing until @naomi.joy.creates pointed out that if I had leather shoes this shade I’d consider them a neutral. I imagine with some kind of denim pants, this would be the ultimate combo to make navy feel not-so-high-contrast!
So both of these shirts were from fabric which I had decided ‘probably weren’t for me’. I thought they’d struggle to fit into my current wardrobe, and that I wouldn’t necessarily get much joy from wearing them, or a lot of use from them. I’ve been absolutely proven wrong, and the colours have raised quite a few questions (like, do I need some warm blue linen pants?)!
After more than a year sitting in the ‘finishing pile’, I dug these wool Muna and Broad Glebe Pants out and finally hemmed them!
This time last year, I didn’t have an overlocker (I finally bought one in August 2020)! So, before finishing the hems, I also whipped around the seams with my overlocker! I also took the opportunity to whip up a pair of petti-pants!
The petti-pants are like a half-slip but for pants! I made View A of the Glebe but omitted the pockets and the waistband (opting for fold-over elastic across the top instead). I made these from what I think is a kind of viscose blend, and I serged all the various bits together. I wear them inside out, so that the serging/overlocking is facing the pants, and I get the smoothest inside pants possible!
I got the wool fabric that I used for the pants as a remnant from a local clothing store (that also makes their own clothes). Since the petti-pants stop them from being so itchy, I’ve been wearing them a lot more!
I just want to add a little warning that Fibremood uses some pretty gross language on their website that’s shows that they’re very fatphobic. They even go so far on the fabric suggestions for the below pattern as to assert that certain fabrics should be used to ‘flatter’ the figure if you’re a certain shape. Yuck. But, it is a free pattern, so please just be aware.
The free Frances Top from Fibremood is available up to 57″ hip
The weekly plus-size sewing pattern roundup this week coincided with the launch of our latest pattern from Leila and me through Muna and Broad, the Birchgrove Pants! This inspired me to take a ‘fancy’ angle for the pattern roundup today!
The Birchgrove Pants are available from 41.5-71.5″ (105-182cm) Hip, there’s technically no upper size limit since Leila will grade the pants to your size if our chart is too small to include you.