Wednesday, 18 September 2013

{Sewing for ME} Contrast Shoulder Slouch Tee

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[Please excuse all the ‘headless’ photos – all of the photos of me wearing my new handmade top are either selfies by me to show the shoulder detail or have been taken by Noah aged 4. But, hey he’s getting better!]

I’ve been feeling the urge to sew for myself a lot recently. Previously I’ve made a few Wiksten tanks, a merino circle top and a purple merino wrap dress (made in my pre-blogging days). I get a lot of wear out of all of these garments.

I would love to be able to make a few more  items to bulk out my Summer wardrobe. I get frustrated sometimes shopping for clothes when I have an idea of what I want in my head but just can’t seem to find it on the shelves. Plus it helps to save me money and I get to learn some more skills along the way, all the while enjoying my hobby – seems like a win, win really! This has coincided with the added inspiration of some of my other blogging friends doing the same thing and Selfish Sewing Week being next week.

So, why sew something now when Selfish Sewing Week  is next week? It’s simple really, I saw this tutorial on iCandy handmade and wanted to make it NOW! So I did. It was a really simple sew. I used a really thin (tissue) knit I had in my stash of the main part and some cream silk scraps for the contrasting shoulder details. As I usually wear a smaller size than that provided in the free pattern I drafted my own off a top I already own which is a similar style – however, if I make another I definitely will make it longer.

And my plans for Selfish Sewing Week?

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My main goal is to do a bit of sewing on these sweet scalloped shorts. These are definitely a bit of a challenge for my skill level, but I’m looking forward to the challenge. I don’t think I’ll get them finished in the week, I don’t want to rush them after all – but I want to make a decent start. I’ve got some lovely cream linen to use for these.

And to give me a bit of satisfaction that comes from finishing a project or two (while I have that slow burn project in the background), I also plan to sew another Wiksten tank and perhaps another top like the one above or a maxi skirt. We’ll see – I’m aiming for fun, not stress after all!

I have quite a few other projects planned to bulk out my Summer wardrobe, but I’ll get round to them sometime, just probably not next week! … Perhaps I’ll share some of these ideas in a later blog post?

Are you sewing anything for yourself at the moment? Got any cool patterns/ tutorials to share with me? I’d love to hear from you!

(And although you can’t see much of the top here, here’s some proof that I indeed do have a head, and a cute baby and massive bags under my eyes, ugh!)

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Jen x

Joining in with Show and Tell, Made by Hand, and Make it wear it.

9 comments:

Alyna Higgs-James said...

Cute Top! I love this idea of a selfish sewing week I might even finish the washi dress I'm making, just a little bit to go so exciting!

nz green buttons said...

I love your top, you've done an amazing job! I'm off to check out some of your links.

BigLittle said...

You are inspiring me to do some sewing for myself! x

Miriam said...

gorgeous top Jenny, and you look far too lovely to have such a small little person xx

Christina Lowry said...

So many good reasons to sew for ones self! I tend to sew more in Summer and knit in Winter. Might need to plan on making a few things for myself and not just the children! The top looks great, and so do your tanks. Looking forward to seeing your progress on the shorts. :)

Nelesc said...

Love it! I am a big fan of colorblocking so this is right up my alley. Thanks for sharing.

Leonie said...

What a great top! very inspiring you are! cant wait to see how you go with the shorts!

Amy Seven-Stitches said...

loving the idea of selfish sewing week. I could do with a new wardrobe sometimes.

Leanne M said...

Ooh, gorgeous lady, you are making me want to crank up the sewing machine, the contrast shoulders look great. Pipi is just an adorable button!