Fabrics: clerical cotton from Fabrics Galore, I bought this in store and can’t see it on their website.
Notions: Epic [polyfil] thread & elastic.
Pattern description: The Cuff top has a straight fit and kimono sleeves with wide elastic cuffs. Kimono sleeve with top stitch detail on centre and shoulder seams.
Pattern Sizing: X Small, Small, Medium & Large. I made the medium.
Did it look like the photo/line drawing on the pattern once finished?: Yes
What did you like or dislike about the pattern?: Well written pattern, with clear instructions. Simple and straight forward and classed as very easy. It is beautifully packaged and the instructions are in booklet form, complete with drawings and lots of helpful tips.
Did I make any pattern alterations or design changes? yes, used a thinner elastic – 1.5 inch wide as I have a large reel at home.
Would I sew it again or recommend to others? Yes, I will definitely make it again. The top has a real Cos look to it and very easy to wear, would be great in other colours and also think washed linen and silk would work.
Conclusion: Great pattern, simple and would be a brilliant first pattern for some one. I bought it direct from The Assembly Line although The Draper’s Daughter is now stocking them.
This is not a sponsored post, all opinion are my own.
Pattern description: An easy pull-on top in two lengths, with options for short or long sleeves, collar or hood and with or without drawstring waist.
Pattern Sizing: 8 – 18. I made the size 12.
Did it look like the photo/line drawing on the pattern once finished?: yes
What did you like or dislike about the pattern?: Well written pattern, with clear instructions. Simple and straight forward to make. The cotton tape worked beautifully to hide the seam in the hood.
Did I make any pattern alterations or design changes? No.
Would I sew it again or recommend to others? Yes, I will definitely make it again. Thinking of a winter weight version – slightly longer with pockets, may be in a denim.
Conclusion: A great pattern, that will be easy to wear and add to my wardrobe. Perfect added layer and with some lovely details.
This is not a sponsored post, all opinion are my own. I purchased the pattern and fabric.
This month has been up and down with my plastic challenge, some fails and some great new discoveries. First up is a fantastic find:
I have been wanting to find Swedish Stockings here in England and discovered they are stocked at The Pantry Underwear in Liberty as well as their own shop in Islington. They do cost more than my usual Marks & Spencer opaque tights, but proved to be so lovely to wear and the plus is they are made from recycled and sustainable fibres, in a factory that is solar-powered. You can also send them your laddered tights and join their recycling club, this will give you a 10% discount on new purchases. Ms T bought some fish net ankle socks and loves those. So next time you are about to throw out laddered tights, stop and post them off.
I am still using Mangle & Wringer, the laundry powder is wonderful and there is no need to add any fabric softener. Made with just 100% coconut oil soap. Our 100% natural formula is free from synthetic detergents, phosphates, optical brighteners, enzymes, fragrances and preservatives. The bleach is perfect for whites, cleaning the loo & lots more.
My final find from As Nature Intended, biodegradable swing bin liners and refuse sacks. They also have some packaging free items, Ecover refils - only in Ecover packaging, drygoods and a few oils. It's around the corner from The Source bulk foods in Chiswick, W4 are so lucky! The is a Borough Wines, great butcher (will wrap in paper only) and greengrocer stall on the High Road. We use about 2 swing bin liners a week - not full as my kitchen has a small built-in bin.
I am having problems recycling foil as my local council & 'recycling centre' - the dump - don't have a collection point. I've found one but it is a difficult place to get to and they can refuse entry as I don't live in the catchment area. The cat is a tricky customer when it comes to food and although he is now weened off plastic pouches, still have a problem finding a tinned food he likes. Any ideas on good tinned cat food in sauce or gravy needed.
This is not a sponsored post and all views are my own. I only recommend items I have bought and tried myself.
It's made up of half square triangles, 5 1/4 inch squares bace. I have found starch is by far the best solution to stop any bias movement, it's the first time I have used with method and loved it. Used 100% cotton quilt batting from Macculloch & Wallis and also quilted with 40 weight cotton thread. I found the backing at Fabrics Galore, although sadly no photograph. The binding was made up of all the left over fabrics, joined in a chain and trimmed to 2.5inches wide. I loved the super scrappy look and it worked really well, again no pics as yet because the little boy arrived and I had to bind, washed and tumbled dry the quilt - gifted the same day!