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I am becoming more and more keen on Cashmerette patterns. I recently sewed up another version of the Springfield top (will hopefully blog that one soon) and the fit was SO good without any alterations! My Appleton dresses and tops have had quite a bit of wear, and I’m looking forward to giving the Webster dress a go soon as well. Although I sew the smallest size of the Cashmerette range, I am definitely shaped in a “plus size” way, and what appears to be a built in forward shoulder and sway back alteration please me greatly.
This is the Cashmerette Dartmouth knit top. The pattern description is as follows: Dreaming of a pattern that is casual and chic? Look no further than the Dartmouth Top! This cross-over jersey top comes with two variations—a classic fixed wrap or modern ruched front—and features three sleeve lengths and a gape-free banded neckline. Whether made in a cozy sweater knit or slinky silk jersey, the Dartmouth is the perfect partner for your favorite pair of jeans! RECOMMENDED FABRIC: Mid-weight knit fabric, such as cotton or rayon jersey, with at least 50% stretch. Also suitable for light to mid-weight sweater knits.
Now, I know that there are a million patterns out there for tops like this. BUT, there aren’t a million of them out there drafted for shapes like mine. I sewed size 12 C/D, graded out to a larger size through the waist, and I also folded out a couple of inches at waist level from the overall length of the pattern.
The fabric was leftovers from a dress I made earlier in the year – a slippery poly/spandex knit from Darn Cheap Fabrics. I love the print, but it does show every bit of muffin top from the elastic waistband of the pants underneath.
The wide band around the neckline helps the top to sit nicely. This is the version with ruching at the side seams.
This is a simple but well drafted pattern, and the instructions are very clear. I can see why Cashmerette patterns are become very popular. Even though some of the styles aren’t my cup of tea, there’s definitely a sizeable market for this range.
It is SO cold today! Winter is well and truly chilly this year (by Melbourne standards). We are all wearing our cosiest winter pyjamas and dressing gowns and slippers and there are flannelette sheets on the beds. But these are the pyjamas that I sewed for Clare last summer.
Both pieces were sewn in knits; the shorts in a cotton/lycra from Crafty Mamas Fabrics, and I found the printed cotton jersey in given-to-me stash – maybe it used to belong to Rachel? I sewed the shorts in size 12, the largest size. Clare has decided that they’re most comfortable on her with the legs rolled up a little.
From the Sunny Day Shorts pattern page: Every kid needs a good pair of shorts to wear outside on a sunny day, and this free sewing pattern will help you make just that pair. These quick and easy-to-sew shorts are sure to become a staple in any summer wardrobe. Suitable for both boys and girls, this pattern can be made from a variety of light- to medium-weight woven fabrics like quilting cotton, denim, canvas, chambray, and linen. The Sunny Day Shorts free sewing pattern is also perfect for customizing. Try adding pockets, applique, ribbon, embroidery, or color-blocking. Make these shorts as unique as the kid who will wear them!
This is a nicely drafted kids shorts pattern, and there is also a photo tutorial on the Oliver + S blog. I highly recommend it if you’re learning to sew and want a simple pattern to use, as it’s so well drafted. Simple patterns need to be shaped properly! You’ll get a good result with this one.
The Lunch Box Tee is another terrific pattern. It can be worn with the sleeves folded up or left down – these are genuine freshly out of bed photos and it looks like we have one of each in the photo above! I used the same cotton/lycra for the neckband as for the shorts, which had the right amount of recovery to get a flat neckband. The print for the top is a bit off grain (possibly from Spotlight originally?) and although it’s a lovely cool summer fabric to wear, it doesn’t have all that much stretch. Most construction was on the overlocker, with twin needling in a contrasting thread colour to secure the neckband and the bottom hem. I probably sewed size 12 for Clare.
From the Lunch Box Tee pattern page: Girl’s split skirt and knit top pattern. This pattern features wide, pleated culottes that look like a full skirt but are more versatile. They can be worn for a wide range of activities from biking to turning flips on the monkey bars. Pull-on styling includes front and back inverted box pleats, back elastic, and hidden side pockets. The boxy knit top can be made up as a sweatshirt with pockets that are perfect for storing all kinds of tiny treasures, or it can be sewn up as a T-shirt with cute cuffed sleeves.
I now feel that most sewers I know have made at least one Genoa tote. It’s no wonder – such a satisfying pattern, with such a practical and pleasing result!
The pattern description says: Designed with denim in mind, the Genoa Tote borrows it’s name from the Italian city, where the first denim trousers were made. The Genoa Tote is fully-lined, features a zipped pouch and a clip for keys. The leather straps can be made in two lengths and two widths, and are attached with double capped rivets, creating beauty, strength and longevity.
I have tended to do as the description says, and have sewn my Genoa totes from denim. This one is lined in printed drill, and was a birthday gift for my delightful sister-in-law Donna.
I really do love those leather handles! Donna’s was the Medium size, which is probably my favourite. However, I recently gave the Small size a go too.
It’s really a bit hard to tell the size without something else in the photo for scale! As you can see, this one was also from denim. I cut the straps from some leather scraps that I had in stash. They are fairly soft, so don’t stand up well on their own, but the colour goes nicely with the lining.
The crochet print lining was designed by Cam and has been in stash for a few years. I’m really happy to have finally used it in something special! The pocket fabric is a Denyse Schmidt quilting cotton also from deep stash.
I’ve seen some beautiful versions of this bag sewn from leather. I’ll add that idea to my to-sew list!
The Vogue website describes the pattern as follows: Fitted (below waist) pants have elastic waistband and purchased ribbon drawstring, yoke back, side-front seams, no side seams, and side-front pockets. A, B: Elasticized leg bands. B, C:Stitched hems.
I sewed view B, with the elasticised cuffs. The fabric is navy tencel from Clear It. I’m quite pleased that tencel is around again. I used to have a pair of orange tencel jeans back in the 1990s…and actually I wish that I still had them! Ah, the memories.
I shortened these quite a bit by taking folds out of the pattern pieces before cutting, one above the knee and one below. I think I took out about three inches in total. I thought that I’d actually taken out too much length at first, but when I look at photos of these pants on a model on the Vogue website they are meant to be a little above the ankle.
It took quite a bit of fiddling to get the ankle elastic just right. My first attempt was way too tight and the pants rode up and sat on mid-calf. After loosening them a bit, and trying them on sitting and standing, I managed to find the sweet spot.
Rather than sewing three channels of elastic for the cuffs and for the waistband I chose to just use one channel with wider elastic for both. There is a fake fly at the front. I’m not completely certain why I both with these sorts of details sometimes, as they are only seen here on the blog, but at least I know that they are there.
I eliminated the drawstring completely. Overall I really like the fit of these pants. It was difficult to get good photos of them – I find pants difficult to photograph well in general, and my phone camera does some weird things to the proportions and makes my legs look super short (they’re actually quite long in comparison to my torso) – but I think that you can see that they while having a relaxed fit they are not sloppy. There are pockets in the slightly forward sides seams, which could be eliminated if you wanted a super fast sew, but are quite handy to have otherwise.
The top I’m wearing with them in these photos is the Tessuti Kate top, blogged here. I suspect that this pattern could get another outing at some stage. It ticks many of my boxes (especially that one for an elastic waist) and I’m very pleased that Kim suggested it! Worth adding to your stash.
I have sewn Jalie 2918 for my husband so many times that the earlier versions are the first images that come up on a Google image search.
This was one of his Christmas presents. The fabric makes it special. It’s from Spoonflower; their cotton/spandex knit substrate. It’s nicely stretchy and comfortable to wear, but the best thing about it is the print. A friend of mine, Lisa Christensen, is a graphic designer, and has a number of interesting designs available on Spoonflower at Three Branches Design. Last time there was a free international shipping offer I snapped up a few.
The tee itself is a basic men’s tee. Short sleeved, long sleeved or layered sleeve options, with either a round or a vee neckline. I sew these on the overlocker, and twin needle the hems and neckband on my sewing machine.
So far the fabric is washing and wearing quite well. There isn’t much more to say about this!
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