More Larks – variety with one pattern

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I think it’s safe to say this is my all time favourite TNT pattern.

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There are so many options it’s my first choice for basic stretch tops. These two also highlight the choices available, and how fabrics affect fit and drape.

IMG_1034The mint green is a lovely modal jersey from Stitchy Bee, and the grey spot is a lightweight jersey from Millie Moon. Both tops were cut from 1 metre of fabric with a few Tetris moves!

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I overlock the sleeve hems before turning up, but I left the neckline on the spotty top and merely turned over 1cm and zig zagged as overlocking could have pulled the neckline out of shape as the fabric is rather lightweight.

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I love the length of these tees as I like the drape around my middle but it’s easy to shorten if you measure the side seam and compare to a top that is your perfect length. I have also blogged the four below, and have three other versions in my wardrobe.

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Pauline Alice Denia Blouse

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This pattern was interesting to sew with clear instructions. Having looked at other versions on line I chose this soft cotton lawn as it has a directional print that highlights the wrap and sleeve cuffs.

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Pauline Alice describe the Denia Blouse as ‘loose-fitted with a round neckline and short cuffed sleeves. It ties in the front and closes in the back with buttons’.

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The front piece is finished with bias binding before the tie sections are attached, and this gives the option to tie the front loosely or pulled into tighter gathers which pulls in the A-line shape of the blouse sides.

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I love the shape, and will be fab in summer (hopefully!).

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The pattern stated 9 Buttons, but as the blouse is so loose, I used 7 and it doesn’t gape. I also lowered the neckline by 1cm at the front, curving to the original neckline at the shoulder.

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Super chuffed with the drape and style. This pattern would be easy to colour block if you had a few larger remnants in your stash too 😺✂️✂️

Double Gauze Scout Tee

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I bought this Nano Iro border print double gauze from E-bay. The border print is a bit stiffer than the main body of the fabric, and the print is very pale – aka dreadful in photos!!

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To use the border to the best effect I cut the main body pieces on the straight selvage edge, eliminating the curve in the pattern hemline. As the fabric frays quickly, I finished the seams on my overlocker. I also stabilised the shoulder seam with narrow iron on interfacing.

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As I only had a metre of fabric, I used some bias binding from my stash that was the perfect shade of grey to match the border stripes. I top stitched the binding with a flower stitch to add interest and mirror the cream flowers in the fabric.

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This is such a well drafted pattern, and makes up really quickly.  Grainline Studio also have sew alongs and tips on their website if you’re new to sewing. The tips for bias binding neck finishing are great. 😺✂️✂️

The Makers Atelier Stretch Pencil Skirt

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This is my third make from The Essential Collection book. This silver stretch PU is the same fabric as the gold version in the book and is from Ditto fabrics.

The silhouette is simple with an elastic waist. The surprising thing is how chic and comfortable this skirt is

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I cut the fabric with a rotary cutter, and it didn’t need hemming. I glued the selvage internally and then added a wide zig zag to the seams to hold the seams flat. The elastic is also enclosed in the waistband with zig zag stitches

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An incredibly quick make 😺✂️✂️

 

 

 

 

 

Merchant and Mills Camber Set top

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I bought this pattern at the V and A after seeing the Balenciaga exhibit. They had a lot of sewing themed goodies in their shop, and am so glad I did as it makes a lovely top.

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The fabric is a Kokka double gauze bought at Raystitch – such a lot of stunning fabrics in a relatively small shop! Well worth going if you’re in London 😺  I came away with five fabrics And the staff are really helpful and knowledgable.

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Merchant and Mills describe this pattern as ‘an easy to wear classic’. The dress version has an A line shape. A really nice feature is that the dress and top patterns are separate, so a true two in one purchase.

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The front has a bias trim that is enclosed into the back yoke section. This phased me at first but once my brain was in gear I sandwiched the three layers in the right order and marked my stitch line with a Frixion pen. (Front section has stitch line for the front bias in the pictures)

I top stitched the yoke. All the seams were finished on my overlocker to contain the fraying.

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The yoke and bias would look great in a contrast fabric which gives the pattern more options. A few more of these will appear before summer 😺✂️✂️

The Tie Neck Blouse from The Makers Atelier Essential Collection book

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This is my second make from this book, and a departure from my usual style. The fabric is a crepe I bought at the Knitting and Stitching show last year. The pattern and colours caught my eye and I planned to make this top there and then.

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The sizing is very loose and you need a very drapy fabric as there aren’t any darts. It’s worth noting that the neck line is a bit low if you’re planning to wear the ties undone.

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The pattern pieces are denoted on each sheet with the above boxed names. I made the 5/6, check the actual garment measurements for the best guide to sizing. My only gripe is that the sleeve piece doesn’t have a notch marked to denote placement against the shoulder seam to aid fitting the sleeve head. This makes it harder to ease the sleeve fabric correctly. It does have notches for front and back.

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This is my first attempt at a top with buttons, these are vintage loop backed buttons that were a flea marker find. I used a Simflex gauge to mark the buttonhole placement, and as the fabric frayed badly I ran a little Prym Fray Check along the edges to stop them disintegrating!

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I cut 11.5cm off the sleeve length, and turned up 1cm followed by 2.5cm to make the deep hems that match the rest of the garment.

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I didn’t have enough fabric to cut the neck tie in one piece, but it only shows if you look closely 😺✂️✂️

 

More Coco

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Another Tilly and the Buttons Coco dress. This version is in scuba, with a ribbed jersey neckline and added cuffs. My usual 2.5 x 2.5 zig zag stitch to top stitch. I constructed the dress on my overlocker. The neck and cuffs are also overlocked then the selvages are top stitched in place. Super quick to make 😺✂️✂️