More drapery

So, there was more meant to go in my post about the asymmetric drape top, but it was getting a bit long, so here is the Post Script.

After making the top and deciding it was too tight around my bust there was room for improvement, I added some ease to the pattern. My pattern altering skills are fairly basic and the geometry of this top is a little hard for me to get my head around so I probably didn’t do this the “right” way. I decided the fit in the shoulders was fine and the length was fine. So I added 1 inch to the side/underarm seams, thereby adding 2 inches to width of the top. Then I was troubled at adding all the ease to one side (heaven forfend the top should look one sided 😉 ) so I cut the pattern piece down the line where the other side seam would be if it wasn’t a one piece pattern and pulled it two inches apart and redrew the ends of the arm.

In retrospect maybe I wasn’t thinking enough, as the original top fit well enough that I probably didn’t need to add 4 inches. So it was probably that, or maybe it was the different drape of the viscose jersey I chose, but the new top ended up a bit baggy.

akward photo shoot in garden

awkward photo shoot in garden

Hmm, not convinced this is a flattering look

Hmm, not convinced this is a flattering look

at Budleigh Salterton

This was not a “photoshoot” – proving it is worn in “real life” (Pebble balancing at Budleigh Salterton)

The arms fit a lot better on this version but its quite baggy and yet somehow my chest still seems to spoil the flow of the garment. Obviously I should have heeded the warning signs of stick thin models in the book and the fact that everyone else whose made it seems to be a different build to me.

I do wear it, it goes with my little bird skirt. But mainly I wear it with the skirt in that picture. I bought the fabric for the skirt at the same time as the green viscose thinking of making another patterned drape top (I’ve only seen it in plain or stripes and was interested how a pattern would work) but then I got bored/frustrated/disillusioned with this pattern after making the top above and started fantasising about making the patterned fabric into a maxi dress instead. Then I realised I’d probably not wear a maxi dress so I made a maxi skirt. It’s a metre length of fabric, sewn into a tube, sewn onto a wide elastic waistband and hemmed at the bottom. It’s quite versatile, if I pull the elastic so it sits a little on my hips it’s fashionably maxi, but if I pull it up slightly it’s more practical for walking about. I can’t quite bring myself to be pleased with it, it seems to simple to count, but I am wearing it quite a bit in the heatwave we’ve been having and I love the fabric (still 1m left but can’t bring myself to make a top with it as it would match the skirt and that would be wrong does that make any sense?).

Drape drape 2 number 4

Back at the end of April I asked for ideas from the Stashbusting Sewalong Facebook group on what to do with my small knit stash. Sue suggested I take a look at SyleArc an Australian company I hadn’t come accross. I did and fell for a couple of their tops including the asymmetric drape Billie top. Then I discovered that they don’t do PDF’s (I even emailed them to double check) and I couldn’t really justify paying postage to have a pattern mailed around the world.

So I looked around for something similar and found the Drape Drape 2 no.4 one-piece scoop neck asymmetric top pattern (such a catchy name) scattered around the blogosphere. I decided I liked it better and as it was nearly my birthday treated myself to the book (I didn’t compare prices to having a pattern shipped, but it felt better value, as there are 14 patterns, even if I am clearly never going to wear most of them).

Well, it came and I went to trace out the pattern. It only comes in two sizes, S/M and L/XL so I was obviously going to need the larger one. At the last minute I measured myself before getting stuck in. And found that I was larger than the XL size in the book (the size chart is on p7 and can be seen using the Look Inside feature on the link above – which is a good reason for using amazon to browse books online, even if like me you choose to buy them elsewhere where possible due to their tax dodging – oh how I wish there was an independent bookseller nearby so I could shop online using Hive – but I digress). I didn’t take my measurements down at the time, but today my upper bust is 99cm (I don’t think I would have thought to measure that at the time) and my full bust is 105cm – both way outside the XL 90cm bust measurement. Gah.

I had to find a highlighter pen to help me trace the pattern out - despite being a one piece pattern it was in three pieces on the pattern sheet that had to be matched together.

I had to find a highlighter pen to help me trace the pattern out – despite being a one piece pattern it was in three pieces on the pattern sheet that had to be matched together.

After a little sulking, I decided to try it anyway, after all, jersey is stretchy right? And what else was I going to do with this piece of fabric.
I was planning to use some burgandy jersey (not sure of composition, think it has some cotton in) I had bought in Bath with the intention of making my daughter leggins to wear instead of tights to school but I’d since given up on the idea, so I figured it was free fabric.

After reading about other peoples experience making this top I added a whopping 4 inches in height to the front neckline. You can see my self drafted line that I cut here, and how much deeper the original pattern line is (which is drawn on on the right).

After reading about other peoples experience making this top I added a whopping 4 inches in height to the front neckline. You can see my self drafted line that I cut here, and how much deeper the original pattern line is (which is drawn on on the right).

Boy is that pattern piece large. I needed to tape several huge pieces of paper together to trace it. And then I discovered that my fabric wasn’t quite big enough, this pattern eats fabric as it’s cut on the bias. I decided to put a side seam in (I figured no one would notice if it had two seams in, like a normal t shirt) so I could slide one side of the top and be more economical with the fabri. Still not enough fabric. So I slightly changed the angle of one side (it’s cut on the bias) to fit it in.

This shoes the difference in angle of my two pieces, cut along the new seam line (with added seam allowance) to give you an idea how off one of them was

This shoes the difference in angle of my two pieces, cut along the new seam line (with added seam allowance) to give you an idea how off one of them was (they should be parallel)

Making it up was pretty easy despite being a novice sewer with knits. I was good and used a ballpoint needle and a stretch stitch. I had an extra seam to do, making a grand total of 4 seams (2 shoulder, 2 side, plus the neck, cuffs and waist to finish. I was not so good about that, I left the side seams unfinished on the inside and I gave up on the instructions for finishing the neckline, I just folded it under once and topstitched it in place. Same for the hem. No one has ever noticed (or if they have they were too polite to say).

Amazingly the top fit. The sleeves however….

That can't be right

That can’t be right

Way too tight - I feel like the incredible hulk

Way too tight – I feel like the incredible hulk

I should point out that the sleeves are meant to be different from each other. They are not supposed to look like that though.

The technical sleeve adjusting process in action (my theory, that the diagonal would be longer hence looser than cutting it straight)

The technical sleeve adjusting process in action (my theory, that the diagonal would be longer hence looser than cutting it straight)

Yes I did just lop a bit off each sleeve to see what happened - I figured I had nothing to loose

Yes I did just lop a bit off each sleeve to see what happened – I figured I had nothing to loose

My determination to carry this through led me to chop a corner of each arm (after all, they weren’t suppose to match so why try) and amazingly it worked.

I wore the top for the first time in Me Made May – getting my husband to snap a picture before he went to work.

I am not a morning person

I am not a morning person

I wasn’t convinced at this point about the top. There’s no delicate way of putting this but I just feel that my cheast gets in the way of the drape of the top. It doesn’t lie as it’s intended. It’s certainly has less ease in that area than it does elsewhere! This made me feel very self conscious about wearing it.

However, it is a shade I love so I have worn it a lot and have forgotten/gotten used to the fit issues and had my confidence bolstered not just by the lack of negative comments, but by getting compliments when wearing it and then surprising the person paying the compliment by confessing it was made by me.

So, in honour of finally getting around to blog about this top, I decided a proper photo shoot was in order. Unfortunately, my main photographer was sulking about something else at the time, so I had to resort to using a 7 year old boy. I notice some people post amazing pics apparently taken by their kids. It is all I can do to get him to include the garment I’m interested in in the frame of the picture….

Hmm, at least my photographer managed to get the top in this shop

Hmm, at least my photographer managed to get the top in this shop

unlike this one, I have no idea what this is, but he took it in the middle of the photoshoop

unlike this one, I have no idea what this is, but he took it in the middle of the photoshoot

My catwalk turns need some work

My catwalk turns need some work

You can see the matching headband made from scraps in this one. Little sister has one too.

You can see the matching headband made from scraps in this one. Little sister has one too.

Right, that's it, I'm done

Right, that’s it, I’m done

Stripey Tales

After making a top (as yet unblogged) from my holiday purchase of green and black stripey jersey, I had what seemed like quite a lot of fabric left. I thought about making a pair of comox trunks (any excuse to look at that photo shoot hey) and then I decided to make the boy a top as well. I started with his top. I only just squeezed it out of what I had, no room for trunks (probably for the best, I’m not sure what my other half would think of stripey underwear). When will I manage to get my head around how much fabric stuff takes to make?

For a pattern I had Simplicity 1573 in my stash. It claims to be pajama’s but a t shirts a t shirt right? I figured it would be useful for making long/short/layered sleeved t shirts as well as pajama bottoms and dressing gowns (a small girl was dropping hints about dressing gowns a while ago) so I bought it a little while ago for it’s versatility. I was going to make small girl some pajama’s with it recently but she spilt milk over the pattern envelope and some fabric and after the pfaff of cleaning it up, drying damp tissue pattern and rewashing fabric, it got put on hold. So this was it’s first airing.

I started off by looking at the finished garment measurements and comparing them to a fairly large but wearable t shirt he already has. This led me decide to make the age 7, which I lengthened, I think by 2″, I can’t decipher my notes now. My boy is a beanpole, tall and skinny, and has never grown out of something width wise, so it seemed prudent. Technically there isn’t a short sleeved option but I used the short sleeves of the layered sleeve option without the long sleeves underneath and this worked just fine.

I wanted to make the t shirt v neck, which isn’t an option, so I found this tutorial for altering a t shirt to be a v neck. It says it’s for babies but the theory is the same. Adjusting the pattern was fairly straight forward, I could’ve worked that out myself, but explaining how to cut the neck band, including length for self fabric (rather than ribbing which I can’t get locally) and how to put it on was really helpful.

Cutting out the t shirt proved a challenge, I didn’t have quite enough fabric for my longer length, so I cut an extra piece as right angles to the grain to go across the bottom of the back. Unfortunately I was so excited by the great hint Melissa gives “if you’re working with jersey, one way to tell the “right” side of the fabric is that the raw edges will curl toward the right side” that I sewed my extension piece on upside down. I was excited because I always struggle to tell the right sides of non patterned fabrics, including jersey, so I loved this hint. I noted which way my extension piece was rolling and the bottom of the back and sewed according to her rule, so pleased with myself for my new found knowledge that I didn’t look too carefully. Once sewn, I looked at the stripes and realised that it was on upside down (the stripes aren’t so neat at the edges on the wrong side, like when you knit something stripey, if that isn’t too obvious to say, after all this is a knitted fabric). I couldn’t work this out. Then I noticed that, on my jersey fabric at least, the horizontal cuts across the fabric curled to the right side, but the vertical cuts parallel to the selvage edges curled the other way. As my extension piece was cut at right angles to the grain, it had fooled me. Oh well, as I keep telling myself with little mistakes on the kids clothes, they’re never going to keep still long enough for anyone to notice (and I certainly wasn’t unpicking stretch stitches and twin needle topstitching).

optical illusion (are you eyes feeling funny yet?)

optical illusion (are you eyes feeling funny yet?)

My other alteration was to make a pocket, self drafted. I initially tried to make a v shaped bottom to match the angle of the v neck but it looked silly so I flattened it out. I cut that at right angles too to make a feature of the stripes and I’m really pleased with how I managed to line it up.

check out the black stripes going right angles.  (it might distract you from the not so need pocket sides towards the top)

check out the black stripes going down the pocket and then turning right angles onto the shirt (it might distract you from the not so need pocket sides towards the top)

Making up the main t shirt was straight forward (I don’t think I even looked at the pattern, go me and my new sewing confidnence). Soon I only had the neckband to do. I followed the tutorial instructions for adding a self fabric neckband. You basically sew it all around from the point apart from the last couple of inches and then you do that. I found I hadn’t stretched it evenly and there was a bit of a bulge at the front. It also looked quite small, which was confirmed when the boy tried it on, it was very high up.

What is this showing

Bias strip for neckline – work in progress

Pocket Tastic

High V neck with added “bulge”

I puzzled a bit how it had ended up so high, when the front should be lower than the original curved neckline on the pattern. Was this some freakishly high neck drafted pattern? Then I realised, the pattern had a 1.5cm seam allowance. But as my bias strip was self drafted I hadn’t cut it to have such a large seam allowance or used one. Doh.

So I chopped off the binding, which deepened the neckhole, cut some more binding and tried again. This time, I first marked the centre of my binding, then sewed the first couple of inches of the binding on as per the instructions but then I stopped. Then I sewed the last couple of inches on. Now I had the bottom of my “V” bound but the rest hanging loose. Then I matched up the centre of the binding with the centre back of the neck, stretched it in place and sewed it on. This worked much better for me. New improved bulgeless low enough neckline. (Not perfect, but it’ll do.)

finished garment

finished garment

I’m quite pleased with my first “proper” kids t shirt (if you don’t count the self drafted raglan top or shiny pink superhero self drafted raglan t, actually, come to think of it it’s not really my first at all), I’ll give it 7/10. The neck binding looks a bit odd because of the angle of the neck combined with the bias strip makes the stripes on the binding look a bit like I went wrong as they aren’t obviously at 45 degrees to the neckline, more not quite horizontal. It would’ve looked better in a solid colour, but I didn’t have anything appropriate to hand. I also tried stitching in the ditch to keep the seam allowance hanging right – need to work on that technique a bit, maybe top stitching 1/4″ in would’ve looked better. The couple of inches at the bottom of the back with different facing stripes looks less cool than I’d imagined and more odd, but I can live with it. I think a bigger band would’ve looked more fashion statement and less random cutting, but I’m not sure I had enough to work with that.

The boy’s verdict was that the pocket was too small, but other than that he’s worn it lots and there is certainly loads of growing room so as the fabric seems very good quality I’m hoping it has a lot of wear left in it. Despite him wearing it lots I don’t seem to have a photo of him in it though, sorry, as he is quite cute if I say so myself. Probably he didn’t stay still long enough.

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UPDATE

Today, he saw the t shirt still hanging up from last nights photo shoot and wanted to know why. So this afternoon he insisted on a photo shoot. So, here are some gratuitous shots of my young man…

He

He

just

just

is

is

very

very

cute

cute

And to prove my point he staged this photo of him awarding his sister a rosette he made earlier (he also made the necklace she's wearing)

And to prove my point he staged this photo of him awarding his sister a rosette he made earlier (he also made the necklace she’s wearing)

Summer Fair Tops

A while ago I made my mum a Tova blouse for her birthday. I was so excited upon finishing it that I forgot to photograph it, so no blog post yet.

This is the second Tova I made, and like the first I was left with a lot of fabric left after cutting. Not just a few inches, we’re talking in the order of a metre left here (didn’t actually measure it, sorry).

So, I had a biggish piece of a beautiful soft cotton lawn left, in a floral print I would never wear (I am not a floral person). And my daughter has loads of clothes at the moment (and making something for her means having to make something for her brother).

Now my friend was expecting her fourth child, so I bought the lullaby layette pattern from Oliver and S. I thought the fabric would make a lovely shirt to help cover up a newborn in hot sunny weather.

By the time I got around to cutting it she was 2 months old, so I cut a size 3-6 months and I got a size 6-12 months out of the fabric too for the 9 month old who lives next door. I figured making 2 shirts at the same time was much less than twice the hassle of making one.

The instructions were (if you know anything of the reputation of Oliver and S) unsurprisingly very clear and easy to follow and gave a lovely finish to the garment. But I did have a little trouble of my own making. You see, I was wondering how to finish the seams (I don’t have an overlocker/serger) and it occurred to me that I had seen a tutorial on the Grainline website for French Seaming all the seams in a top – including the armholes. Now, a fiddly little baby top is perhaps not the best place to practice a new technique but as it came with a generous 1/2 inch seam allowance I decided to go for it as the idea of neat enclosed seams that would be itch free for delicate skin appealed.

So, front placket done and in place, back pleat done, shoulders french seamed, neck binding on, sides french seamed, sleeves french seamed, armhole gather stitches sewn all good. I’m ready to attach the sleeves to the blouse. Except they’re too big. Way too big.

armhole/sleeve sizing discrepency

armhole/sleeve sizing discrepency

Can you see the two pins marking the bottom of the armhole on the main blouse, and how that is nowhere near the bottom of the sleeve.

I was confused and unsure what to do next. Recut the sleeves? Gather them? Where had I gone wrong? I could end up with huge sleeves or too small ones or too tight armholes. I was sure the fault was mine.

I left my sewing for a week or more. When I came back to it I realised what my mistake had been. I had decided to sew my seams with a 1/4″ seam allowance, trim, turn and use a 1/4″ seam allowance to enclose the raw edges. But I had somehow forgotten that the 1/4″ seam allowance is marked by a line on my presser foot and instead decided that the edge of the presser foot is 1/4″, when in fact it’s 3/8″. So I’d used 3/8″ stitching line, making my finished french seams take 3/4″ seam allowance – which was 1/4″ more than intended. This made a big difference on such a small garment. After some more thinking I decided to gather the sleeve head between the notches (as a little gather more gather than intended wouldn’t hurt), and then trim a little bit out of the blouse, to extend the bottom of the armhole down to meet where the sleeve actually reached, hopefully thereby avoiding too tight armholes.

the fix

the fix

I cut little “v” shapes off the blouse and then sewed on the sleeves, actually using a 1/4″ sewing line to make the french seams this time.

frenching all my seams

view of the finished french seams

The french seams came out ok and attaching a sleeve this way was surprisingly easy despite how small they were. I must confess, I didn’t actually press them with an iron, it was too fiddly to contemplate and I don’t have a tailors ham, I thought I’d iron creases in everywhere, so I just “finger pressed” them which seemed to work ok in this lightweight fabric.

finished

finished

Once that was done the blouses were easy to finish and were both well received. Both mums have commented what a useful garment it is to cover up babies in the hot weather we’ve been having and how difficult it is to find such items in the shops. And apparently both babies went to different summer school/church fetes/fairs the weekend after I made them wearing their new tops.

It’s a little hard to see the details on the finished garment as the floral pattern shows on both sides of the fabric, so not having any babies to hand I requisitioned my daughters doll for a pose.

Still a little Growing room in this one

Still a little growing room in this one for Baby Taylor

So apart from that little drama of my own making, the pattern is great. I had a little trouble lining up the pdf as usual for any patter I download, as whatever I do (yes, including asking it not to scale) my printer stretches one side a bit longer than the other. It was really noticable what the problem was on this pdf as the pattern had helpful fient 1″ grid lines to assist with matching up.

The instructions were clear and concise. The finished garment has a placket (bound slit) down the front which is explained really well. It makes a really big neck opening – which is essential in babywear in my book (having to take off a garment that with a small neck after it’s been soiled by an exploading nappy is no joke). It does hang open slightly when worn, indeed like a Tova, which I wasn’t expecting. Looking again at the pictures on the Oliver and S website the shirt there seems to have a snap fastening placed half way up and indeed there was a snap fastening placement guide that I didn’t use. So this is probably my fault. But I’ve just looked at the instructions again and it’s not clear to me where the step is I missed. The issue is that the instructions for the shirt are mixed in with the instruction for the body suit, as many steps are the same. There is an “add the snaps” section and point 1 says that it’s for View A only (which is the bodysuit) so I assumed that all the instructions there were for the bodysuit. The picture for point 2 about attaching snaps to the placket shows the 3 snaps of the bodysuit – I’m assuming I was meant to figure out that I should be adding a snap to the shirt at this point too. Anyway, it works fine without a snap it’s just a different style.

I recommend making summer versions in a cotton lawn and it is surprisingly easy to use French seams throughout, provided you check what distance you’re sewing at!

New holiday fabric shopping hobby

Whilst on holiday back at Easter time I ended up in a fabric shop in Edinburgh with my husband and brother in tow and I came back with some turquoise ponte knit and black and green stripey knit. I would just like to point out these are all made up now, I have posted about the black and green stripes yet but the turquoise ponte ended up in not one, but two Coco’s and a self drafted raglan top for the boy.

So, when I went away at the weekend I decided it was ok to buy some more fabric. Especially as I don’t have much dressmaking fabric in my stash. Maybe I should’ve specified how much more fabric I intended to buy.

On Friday I was in Brighton, and before I went I just so happened to take a look at a review of fabric shops there on the Fehr Trade blog, so armed with that fore knowledge and with a little help from a local friend I ended up at Ditto Fabrics in the North Lanes. I found the organisation of the fabric in the shop a bit confusing, I couldn’t get my head around the logic of what stuff was together, which made it slightly harder to look, but the staff were happy to let me browse and left me in peace.

cityscape wool blend knit and sooo soft indigo/black needle cord

cityscape wool blend knit and sooo soft indigo/black needle cord hiding beneath

I came away with 4 lovely pieces of fabric. An indigo/black needle cord which is sooo soft it’s amazing. I looked for some needle cord locally the other day and the local choice in cord was a bit lacking, there was some, with a floral print on (the same stuff in my two main shops), which is a bit limiting (I am not a floral person). So I bought 3m of this as I figured that would give me something to play with and it’s fairly versatile in what I could make with it. Currently I think this would make a lovely shirt dress for me, maybe a Bluet and if there is any left I’m sure the boy would like a shirt in it. I’m not sure it’s strong enough for trousers though.

shot corduroy heaven

shot corduroy heaven


I was also pleased to find some shot corduroy, I didn’t know this existed. I found some burgundy shot with green (the photo shows it as purple, which it isn’t) and was expressing my delight at the till, so one of the assistants found me out some of the same stuff in green (although the photo has come out more grey) shot with orange (from a completely different part of the shop). I was in corduroy heaven (clearly harking back to my days in academia). I’m thinking of something steampunky in a skirt for the green cord to wear when out with Countess Isabella’s Automata (time travelling victorian automata explorers who just happen to Molly dance).

Finally, I got some knit fabric with a bit of wool in it. The main print is rectangles in lovely autumnal colours that remind me of a city skyline at night with all the skyscrapers with lights on. This is out of my comfort zone a bit but it was half price (making it £4 a metre) so I decided to go for it. I’m hoping not to have to use the border, which looks fine on it’s own, but doesn’t go with the main print, not helped by a slight white gap in between. I was thinking of making a shift dress type thing, with capped sleeves, that I could wear with tights/leggins and boots or over jeans and a long sleeved t shirt. My friend showed me a similar one she has in a similar kind of fabric, which had a cowl neck (which I don’t want) and big side pockets, which made me think of the Lola dress by Victory patterns, hmm….

Oh and I didn’t buy a dark teal ponte that was lovely, so I was a bit restrained.

The shop was well worth a trip and they have an online shop too. I haven’t really bought fabric online as I don’t feel I understand the descriptions enough to know what I’m getting, but now I’ve been in maybe I’ll try it, they do have a fab range of corduroy. And I’ve just seen a navy cotton sateen with a white zig zag that varies in width on their inspiration page that is fabulous, know idea what I’d do with it though.

So, the next day, despite not really having time, I squeezed in a trip to fabric land on Western Road. I rushed around pretty quickly, it’s a big shop. There were a lot of assistants, some were more helpful than others (I could be jumping to conculusions but I suspect some were Saturday Assistants and still had some confidence to build and customer service skills to learn). They had a wide range of things, including swimsuit fabric which I’d only seen online before. I got 3 colours of ribbing (black, navy and grey – the only other colour was white, which is just asking for trouble) as I can’t get it locally and was pleased that they would sell me 1/4 m of each (my local shop wont sell less than 1/2m of anything).

knit tastic

knit tastic

I also got 3 knit fabrics. I got 1m of each hoping that is enough to make a top for me (I really haven’t got the hang of figuring out how much fabric is needed for stuff yet, I’m always overestimating what I can get out of a piece of fabric and being disappointed, so on Friday I bought 2 and 3m lenths, which were feeling heavy in my backpack at this point). Then maybe there’ll be enough for a kiddie item too if I’m lucky and if I’m really unlucky I can always get a kiddie item out of each (surely, 1m is enough for that – my reserve back up plan is an adult t shirt pattern made from piecing different fabrics together that I have). There was a lovely grey and tealy-blue stripe, a blue with 70’s vibe cloud and star pattern and a denim effect one which is really soft (and for some reason I have decided to make a t shirt with a colour out of this, to replace the ancient one I cut up to make a witches dress for the girl.

Finally, I couldn’t resist a metre of garish pvc table cloth type fabric (oh and some flanged piping).

VW heaven (or maybe that should read nightmare)

VW heaven (or maybe that should read nightmare)

I also found out that they have a branch in Bristol, which is an easy shopping day trip away for me. This could be dangerous knowledge.

Then I just caught my train to go and meet up with an old friend I haven’t seen in 20 years who just happens to be a sewing blogger too. Luckily we were in a small London commuter belt village with no access to sewing shops. In theory this meant no more aquisitions but she gave me a piece of her stash, a beautiful coloured soft plaid. Not sure I know what I’m going to do with it yet, it makes me think of an Archer shirt, but I think it might be too sheer to be decent. It was very kind of her, especially as I didn’t finish the skirt I’m making for her in time to bring up. (I did bring up the pieces to show but we were bereft of pins for her to try on).

lucky me

lucky me

So, I now have a much larger stash. I have done some sewing too, but it has slowed down a bit as light hot evenings make settling kiddo’s difficult which has really squeezed my child free evening time when I tend to sew.

Currently I’m working on something with this lot (which I bought locally).

errm,  yes, more fabric, most of them are only 1/2 m pieces though.

errm, yes, more fabric, most of them are only 1/2 m pieces though.

If any Fabric First (as opposed to Pattern First) fabric buyers out there have any top tips on how to decide how much of something to buy, I’m all ears.