I might have been a little more sewing-obsessed than usual today and managed to turn out three makes.
First, I tried a new-to-me pattern company with the Fern top from Pattern Scout. I love that it takes so little fabric – Version B’s sizes 14-30 take just 1.6 metres of 115 cm wide. As drafted it’s definitely on the shorter side, though, so have extra fabric on hand if you want more length.
I was hoping that the cotton batik I decided to use would soften up, but it remained pretty stiff despite a pre-wash and a trip through the dryer. If it had been thicker that would’ve been a problem, but it’s so thin that it worked out regardless.
There’s 10 pieces for Version B (12 for version A) – four for each of the front and back, and two for the facing – but it still came together super-quickly, or at least it felt that way. I sewed a straight size 20 and am contemplating blending up a size for the hips next time because it does feel a bit slim. It’s cute, though, and wearable. I’d love to make a striped version like the sample photo on the website’s pattern page, and play around with the stripe direction.
Second, a random fact about me: I love ladybugs. I even have a ladybug tattoo, although thanks to a screw-up at the time of tattooing I’m having it covered up with Parker’s pawprint sometime in the near future. So! I love this fabric. Not just the print, but that it’s cozy and warm, too.
It’s also not the recommended fabric, but a cardigan in this style works fine in 2-way 30% stretch. I cut the sleeve cuffs and hem band a little longer to account for that, then shortened the sleeves by 4cm and away I went. It needs pressing – the bands and front will lie flatter when I do – but it’s cold af here today so I needed (yes, needed) to wear it immediately.
Pattern is Ellie and Mac’s Chapman cardigan, curvy fit. I sewed an XXL, after both looking over the size chart and measuring the pattern pieces, because E&M patterns don’t include finished measurements. Rawr.
Please, designers, list finished measurements. Some of us have bodies that need that information to help with choosing a size.
Third, another new-to-me pattern company in the form of a Hemlock tee by Grainline Studios. Once in a while I do like a relaxed fit top, and this fit the bill. I sewed an 18 in the crop length – I’m slowly getting over my fear of shorter tops, I guess. And what a fast sew! I mean, it’s basically front, back, sleeves, and neckband, so it’s a great last-minute or palate-cleansing project. Nice blank canvas for colour-blocking, too.
I like that there’s still shaping to the sleeve cap and armscye, and that there’s a very slight bit of shaping to the side seams. Still has the box tee vibe but it’s not made of literal rectangles.
Fabric is a medium-weight cotton/lycra jersey from Funky Monkey Fabrics – a favourite Canadian online shop! Tons of quality woven cottons, plus knits and flannel and fleece and so on. Service is great, too.
It’s past midnight and I should be getting to bed, but the tailbone is hurting like crazy and I can’t seem to get comfortable for more than a few minutes. I’d really hoped that it would heal quickly and let me get back to normal life, but so far that hasn’t been the case.