Tuesday, July 14, 2015

two small things

Hello!


I sewed two easy garments for hot weather over this weekend. I used two pieces of my recent holiday fabric consequence already! They're both very simple but they are one and only kind of things that were made especially for me. Can I still count it as luxury? :)



1. Batwing top
I love batwing tops but it is sometimes annoying that their hems are creeping up above the waist when I raise my arm(s) up. For this top, I lengthened the side seam by slash-open method, by 3cm, to give it a little extra margin to accommodate my action.

It's a small addition to the pattern and I think more logical fitting alterations will be needed if the side seam is lengthened heavily. I mean, I avoided it and took an easy way.

The shoulder lines in the garment sit OK after modification. I got more range of motion for reaching to high shelves too. This simple batwing tee pattern is my old and trusty pattern (no longer available) from the blog "Love Sewing!".

This is my favorite necklace. Summer tops need to go well with it.



2. Cache-cœur sleeveless shirt
Using Alder pattern from Grainline Studio, I sewed a crossover shirt in a light brown/pink linen fabric. I put some extra width to it at the hem, so that the both ends of plackets can be buttoned on at sides to make a crossover.


ah, yes, too much smiling

I am not sure whether I was successful about my version of this crossover, however, I am very much likely to wear it often because I love this linen on my complexion. I'm trying to think that this shirt has an unusual shape from the beginning and no one would notice anything extra strange.

... Maybe I should have tried one Alder without modification first in this fabric (it is really likely so as it seems a very good pattern), or maybe I should have bought one of those commercial crossover shirt patterns. Said that, I think I'd try Alder without weird modifications before long and everything will be under control, hehehe.



Did you sew something over the weekend? Just checking! (^_^)


Love,
yoshimi



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Batwing top
pattern: Batwing tunic PDF download (no longer available) from Love Sewing!
fabric: Lightweight cotton jersey, probably polyester blend. Stretches mildly. Slightly stiff and springy. Smooth. Not sheer.

Cache-cœur sleeveless shirt
pattern: Alder from Grainline Studio, heavily modified. Size and shape adjusted for my body type too (raised armhole base, shortened shoulder width and some minor adjustments) .
fabric: Lightweight linen woven fabric, pale pink brown, with off white pinstripes. Slightly sheer but can be worn as a single layer. Crisp and casual. Not too coarse. Typical linen plain woven.


White baggy pants
pattern: Joker from Tamanegi-kobo. The pattern is one of my best favorites of all sewing patterns. I chose one larger size than usual to get loose fitting.
fabric: Cotton linen white stretch, bottom weight. Casual.
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additional pic (2015/July/16)

34 comments:

  1. They all look so pretty on you Yoshimi! and that is a very clever modification to the shirt pattern. Looks really unique now and far more interesting. Thank you for introducing me to Tamanegi Kobo, I downloaded the Joker trousers pattern too on your recommendation. It's a lovely style :)

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    1. Thank you, Carolyn, for your comment. I'm so glad you are interested in the Joker pattern from Tamanegi-kobo! I think the style fits you very well too.

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  2. Beautiful tops Yoshimi, the colours looks lovely on you and a great idea how to add the extra to the batwing sleeve.

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    1. Thank you Sharon! Batwing sleeves are pretty but they're a bit tricky! I liked to have a little extra fabric in the sleeve and it worked good for me :)

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  3. Both shirts are so nice! I like the fabric.
    greetings from
    Christine

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  4. So pretty and its true, the colour suits you beautifully! I like the modification as well :)

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    1. Thank you, Sandra! I love light colors, I think it's official :)

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  5. You always look elegant Yoshimi. Lovely tops and nice fabrics

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    1. Thank you so much, Louise. You're so sweet!

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  6. I agree. Both pieces are beautiful and they look very individual too.

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  7. All the garments are lovely but I like the alder shirt crossed over. It makes it look very special.

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    1. Thank you, Valerie! The shirt was an experiment, but I'm growingly happy with it.

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  8. There's never too much smiling..... and yours is such an infectious, lovely smile! Love all your new makes, especially the crossover Alder.

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    1. Thank you, Lisa! I'm very glad if I have made you smile even once. Thank you for the kind words on the garments too.

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  9. Ooooh, that modified Alder is really fun! Would you be willing to share how you modified the pattern? Perhaps you could take a photo of the pattern pieces, so I/we can envision how it works? I love unusual shapes like this, but I can’t quite wrap my mind around how it’s done from the photos.

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    1. Thank you Jena! I took the pic of my pattern pieces for this shirt and put it in the post. Please do not be too amused by seeing it..... I had three versions of muslins before the final product, so, the pattern pieces look like a jigsaw puzzle after all. I hope you can read what I did from the pic. (maybe it is not possible, but anyway) https://goo.gl/n8t18B

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    2. Thank you, Yoshimi! I think that I’m starting to understand how it works, though I might have to make up my own version to really get it! (:

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    3. You're very welcome, Jena!

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  10. Perfect amount of smiling, I think, not too much at all. And the delicate pale color linen seems so perfect for hot days.

    Ceci

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    1. Thank you, Ceci, for your kind words! You made my day <3

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  11. Beautiful!! I love love love the draped effect of the Alder (and your necklace)!

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    1. Thank you for your compliment on the Alder, (and for the necklace) so much<3

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  12. Very nice, yoshimi! Both tops are so delicate, as is your favorite necklace, but I especially love what you've done with the Alder!

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    1. Thank you, shams! The Alder seems looking Okay not only to myself but also to many of you. Thank you again for your encouraging comment :)

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  13. Oh! Yoshimi, "Another hit outta the park!" like they say in baseball. Both are super, and the trousers are lovely.
    Jeannie in Seattle

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    1. Thank you, Jeannie! I love the phrase! It makes me to make another huge hit in near future, like a superhero. ;)

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  14. Beautiful pieces and suit you so well. I love your delicate necklace too. I have been sewing Tessuti Suzy pants most recently. :)

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    1. Thank you, Sue, for your comment! I'm looking forward to seeing your Suzy pants!

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  15. Both tops are so lovely! The batwing one has the neatest neckline! The crossover top is so stylish, you did well adjusting the pattern on yout own. The linen looks so light, it must be lovely to wear on warm days. I have a pattern for this style of crossover shirt which I thought I cannot sew because it's long sleeves and my weather is hot hot hot, always. So I'm so pleased to see your sleeveless version, I'm going to copy this someday! And I hope mine will have two lovely peats when worn like yours. Enjoy wearing your pretty new tops while summe rlasts! Erin from https://instagram.com/oppknits/

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    1. Thank you Erin! Please do try your version of sleeveless front crossover shirt, it will be fun to wear. I was worried if it would feel uncomfortable to have crossover in a garment for hot weather, as it meant multiple layers on my tummy, but it was comfortable and totally fine. Good luck!

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  16. I love both tops! And your modification is perfect on the Alder! Beautiful as always Yoshimi!

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    1. Thank you, Margo! You're so kind as always.

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