Here it is! A sewing post! Please don’t think for a minute that I’ve not been sewing away during my long absence, but my utter hatred of having my photo taken has REALLY put me off posting about it! Also, you may notice that my hair has changed into something much more in tune with my clothes…!
I’ve always greatly admired ‘Named‘ for their simple, yet slickly designed patterns, but I was very put off by the high cost for only two sizes and reported lack of decent instructions. However, all that changed when Named listened to the chorus of complaints online, and did a radical reboot of their instructions and offered all sizes immediately. I quickly bought the Blair Batwing Top, Ailakki Jumpsuit, and Jamie Jeans, and I doubt they will be the only ones! Named are very unusual in that their PDF patterns are nested within each other which saves on printer ink, but this does mean that you have to trace the individual pieces after taping it together. I really didn’t mind doing this, especially as there was a good drama on Radio 4 Extra (I love you BBC!), but I can see why some people may have an issue. The Blair Batwing only has three pieces so this wasn’t too bad, but I am going to have to wait for another very long series to listen to while I trace all thirteen of the Jamie Jeans! However, I see it as much more economical this way because I can modify the pattern pieces immediately and save my super expensive printer ink! Definitely a win for me!
I chose a very light knit fabric for the Blair Batwing Top which turned out to be a real pain to work with, but now that it’s finished I love the drapey ultra softness of it. As it is highly patterned, I tried to make sure the lines were as straight as possible across and up my body. I chose to sew this together on my sewing machine using a ballpoint needle because it has lots of curves and I wanted to make sure I didn’t chop them off with my overlocker. Also the constant slipping of the fabric meant that many many pins had to be used (& I am always afraid I will chop one up!) to make it easier to handle. There’s a rather ingenious use of framilon tape to stabilise the shoulders and stop the top from stretching out of shape, but I decided to use ribbon instead. The instructions are very straightforward and clear with a particularly comprehensive glossary which I think would be very useful for an absolute beginner (or a confused me!). I think next time, I may make the hemline a little more fitted around the hips to give the top a little more shape as it is a little billowy.
This top was made exactly as written, but I did bind the sleeve hems using some waste fabric. The neckline was also bound, but I found it made the fabric very unstable and so I unpicked it (not something I would recommend!) and finished as per the instructions. I also added a loop of ribbon to the back of the top to make it easier to tell which is front and back (for sleepier days) – I really like having little bits of scrap fabric/haberdashery in my clothes that only I (and now you!) know about! The sleeves are MASSIVE! I feel like a flying fox in this top, but it does make yawning much more interesting! I can see many more Blair tops in my wardrobe in the future because they are so quick and simple to make. That, and they match my new super curly hair very well!
The skirt I am wearing is a very simple black knit fabric tube with an elasticated waistband. I used this tutorial from ‘Make It & Love It’ to guide me, but it really is a super simple sew! The hem on it is a little puckered, but it is so comfortable (and also the ONLY solid colour skirt I own) so I’ve been wearing it very frequently.
My necklace is also handmade, but not by me! A very talented friend of a friend makes and sells them on Etsy here and is using the money raised to come to Singapore for a visit, so every little helps! It is a series of crocheted circles bound together so that they move around and serves as a reminder that I need to learn to crochet! I really recommend that you have a peep over at her store because she has so many beautiful things (I wish I had pierced ears!) and a great eye for bright colour.