I’ve finished all the reds! And I’ve double the number of wearable button down shirts in my closet.
And I got me some cow girl/bohemian/eclectic awesomeness in this here shirt.
Pattern: Named Wenona Shirt/Dress – size 38
Fabric: Thrifted printed cotton /linen blend (at a guess) plus some red linen scraps from my scrap box.
Tidbits: Whilst I was drawn to the pattern because of the funky pleats, I decided to forgo them in this first version in case I needed any fitting adjustments in the shoulder area. I cut the front as one piece, joining the front yoke to the bodice piece.
I wanted to flat fell all the seams so increased the seam allowances on the main fabric but was seriously stretched for fabric in the linen so had to stick with a 1cm seam allowance on these pieces. The difference was hard to keep track of when sewing, and I ended up realising that I had made the front bodice too large when trying to fit the collar stand (using Andrea’s tutorial again). And the vertical pleats were born. So I got my pleats in the end!
Lessons: A couple of things to tweak for next time (already in progress) – The interfacing I used was way too stiff, especially for the button band. And secondly, the pulling across the shoulders. On consultation with Laura from Named she thinks it is likely caused by my shoulders being straighter then the slope the pattern assumed, and I agree! The fix is to straighten the yoke pieces a little and add a little to the sleeves.
Score: 4/5 I love wearing this colourful quirky shirt a lot, and looking forward to having more in the closet.
And would you believe it, my first circle skirt!
Red Circle Skirt
Pattern: By Hand London Circle Skirt App
Fabric: thrifted wool and silk lining.
Tidbits: I made a simple half circle skirt, which I made more complicated by lining and adding a pocket (which I failed to get a good shot of sorry!)
(lot’s of squinting in this post! must find shadier piece of white wall!)
Lessons: To be honest, its getting pretty warm here and sewing this wool wasn’t exciting me at all so I machined the hem, something I haven’t done for a while. No amount of pressing has got those wrinkles completely out, so the skirt is back in the hand sewing pile waiting for a new, flatter hem.
Score: 3/5 I think this will be a super useful winter work basic, but right now, its not exciting me all that much. I can see myself making more swooshy, colourful circle skirts though!
So here is my little sketch of all the Red’s for your amusement:
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