Tag: patterns: cashmerette montrose

Slight pattern hacking on this Cashmerette Montrose top – added a ruffle to the overbust. I cut a strip 9cm wide and 100cm long, folded it in half, pressed it, and gathered it where I’d split the front. I like it. Might do it again!

I made a ton of Montrose tops when I re-started sewing, but this was the first time making it since a significant size change. I sewed a 14 E/F graded to a 16 at the waist and hips, with the standard sleeve. I moved the bust dart up an inch; that’s standard for me with Cashmerette. I’m not sure whether I have a higher-than-average bust or whether it’s just that I’m so danged short, but either way, moving the dart always works out well for me.

I do find the sleeves a bit slim for my liking – love the elbow length, though – but I think the full bicep sleeves might be a bit loose. I may make a 1″ width adjustment to the standard next time, putting the measurement right in the middle of that and the full.

The fabric is a cotton I found at a shop aimed at quilting, and I was surprised to find a big print amongst all the small ones. I guess it must not have sold well because it was on the discount shelf, but I snagged a couple of metres along with some lemonade-print cotton that’s going to become a Hinterland.

Just for the record, Made for Mermaids’ beanie pattern takes about ten minutes, cutting included. I used scraps of my fish-on-bicycles jersey because delightfully weird prints still amuse me. Going to do an insect-print one next.

I kind of ended up going on a bit of ramble in my Instagram post about the beanie, because I had been reading a post – on Insta – about dos and don’ts for selfies and/or photos of handmade garments. It kind of hit a nerve because I’ve read a lot of posts lately about photography saying to ‘never’ use flash for selfies and/or garment posts and like… no. You can use flash. You just need to know how to use flash. Sometimes your equipment will be limiting – most phone cameras will give you much better results in natural light – but sometimes it’s just a question of knowing what to do with it. I might make a post in the future on some of my own tips on getting decent photos.

Definitely not going to give any advice on posing, though, because as you can see I generally suck at that. Face the camera! Pretend to smile! Put hand on hip or somewhere else! Yikes.

Catch-All Finished! Handmade Sewing

So I may possibly have fallen down the stairs at work and sprained my hip. I spent the first few days in a blanket nest on the sofa, until restlessness took over and I figured out how to adjust my sewing workspace so I can buzz around the room in my desk-chair-on-wheels.

Late last night I sewed this quick-and-simple Montrose top. Please ignore the substandard indoor photos (stil trying to figure out what to do about those for the winter) and the it’s-5-am-and-I-don’t-want-to-be-awake face.

I’ve made a bunch of these but this is the first time I had enough fabric (I used to be a chronic underbuyer) to make the elbow length sleeves – and I love them! I feel like they look better on me than the short sleeves.

I’m always impressed by how well Cashmerette patterns are drafted. The sleeves on the Montrose are the simplest to ease in I’ve ever sewn, even using the full bicep piece instead of the standard sleeve. I’ve made two Pembrokes, and I have the pattern for the Holyoke and Upton – those are both on the list to sew soon. I meant to sew an Upon with some cute fabric I picked up, green with white snowflakes and red cardinals, but I’m likely not going to get it done before Christmas, which is when I planned to wear it. Oops.

I’m a little frustrated with sewing for myself right now, to be honest, because my size has been changing. I’m hesitant to make new things but, also, all I want to do is make new things. I don’t want to use my best fabrics, though, and then end up with something that doesn’t fit in a couple of months. It’s a dilemma. What do you all do when you’re going through a period of size change and still want to sew?

Catch-All Finished! Handmade

Another overcast day and I’m still doing the timer-and-scramble technique with the camera since I’m remote-less at the moment. I’m also still on a Montrose kick, as I’m the type of person who, when she finds a pattern she likes and that fits well, wants to make one in every colour and every print in existence.

Yes, the hems pull up in the front, likely because of my protruding belly. I don’t hate the look of it, on me, so I’m not yet in a hurry to make adjustments to counter it.

It doesn’t show well in the photo but the black-and-orange print has little foxes! I loved both fabrics as soon as I saw them (I’m a sucker for cute/fun prints) but there was just a metre and a half left on the fox bolt so I used a scrap of black cotton for the sleeves. I also used store-bought bias tape for the neckline, which isn’t my favourite as it tends to be stiffer than I’d like.

I’m thinking about my next projects, now, and being super-indecisive. I have no problems grading between sizes – it’s necessary for a good fit, for me – but I often find myself balking at grading up entire patterns when they don’t come in my size. Not because I can’t, but because I’d rather support pattern makers who include me in their measurements. That gets difficult, at times, because I’m often at the upper edge of even so-called plus-size sewing patterns.

Catch-All Finished! Handmade Sewing

The universe tried to defeat me today as far as photos go. It was cold and windy with a thick layer of grey cloud, and I had equipment issues, to boot. I misplaced the quick-release plate from my tripod, so the only real option I had was the edge of the parking lot where I could set my camera on a car; then the remote refused to work so I had to resort to setting a ten-second timer and scrambling into place after each click.

Issues aside – yay, I have a new dress! It’s a Montrose hack. I lengthened the hem and flared it some, gave it a mild high-low cut, then added elastic and a fabric tie belt to the underbust. I should have traced the edited pattern pieces before putting the dress together, but I didn’t think about it at the time, so if I decide to make another in the same style (which I likely will) I’ll have to pin the dress out and trace from there.

I swore I was not going to be that person who puts a photo of her cats in every post, but Parker’s asleep face-down on a pile of seersucker and it’s the cutest thing.

Catch-All Finished! Fur for Brains Handmade Sewing