This week we’re working towards the release of our next pattern: the Onyx shirt! I’m excited about this one (obviously – never not excited about a new pattern!) and I hope you’ll like it too! I don’t want to give too much away, but I consider this one our take on the woven T-shirt. Perfect for summer, and as always there’s some fun variations to play with! It’s set to launch next week if all goes well. I’ve just developed a cold sore and we were supposed to have the photoshoot in a few days… So I’ll have to either postpone or trust my photoshop skills :) Anyway, here’s a sneak peek – see you next week!
This tutorial for a Full Bust Adjustment is specifically meant for View B of the Onyx Shirt, the cropped top. It can also be used on other bodices with a waist dart but no bust dart. You can find the tutorial for View A, or bodices without any darts, here. If you have any questions, let me know in the comments. Before you start, please read the introduction to this post to decide whether you need and FBA to begin with.
You know that phase I have mentioned before – when you haven’t been sewing that long and every time you finish something you’re like “OMG I made something!!”? That phase is full of excitement but not so much great quality of work. I felt like this project was taking me right back to this phase. Maybe because making jeans has been on my wish list for so long and it is the one thing I wear the most. My first pair turned out a wearable muslin at best, but they kind of make me feel like a rockstar. Because OMG I made jeans!!
Remember that shibori wrap top I made last year? In that post I already expressed my doubts about the combination of fabric and pattern I had chosen. The shibori dyed pattern seemed too busy to work with the folds in the wrap front. With the result that I only wore the top once. The fabric is a sumptuous Italian linen that I dyed myself so it had to be saved. As I’m on a mission to use my pattern and fabric stash, I choose the Grainlines Tiny Pocket Tank to transform the wrap top into something I’d wear.
Since it’s release last winter I’ve also release a free V-neck add on, because it seemed an obvious option, as other people pointed out by altering it into a V-neck. Since then I have wanted to merge the two just to make it easier for you. I’ve managed to accomplish this in the past few weeks, and the new and updated Opal Coat – & Cardigan is now available in the shop! I’ve also altered the pattern and the instructions to allow for a coatigan version in a woven fabric. The V.2.0 now features three different necklines, three hem lengths, two sleeve lengths and two pocket options. Whew!
Sewing the hood of the Jasper may not be the most difficult step of the construction process, but I do think some steps benefit from real garment photo’s. Plus I have some tips to share that make it easier to achieve a neat end result. So if you prefer a big hood over the collar, follow these steps and you’ll have one in no-time!
A few years ago I bought a mens sweater at a thrift store, meant for Stef. It was a bit snug on him and comfortably oversized on me, so I kept it for myself. It was never a very beautiful sweater, but I still wore it a lot. It was big enough that I could throw it over anything else I was wearing. I think every wardrobe needs a sweater like that, a go-to sweater when it’s cold or you’re just not feeling great and you want to have the next best thing to a blanket. Holes started to appear last winter though, so I thought it time to replace it with one I knitted myself. It became my most ambitious knitting project so far, but I had so much fun designing and knitting the cables.