Sunday, 10 June 2012

Spoiler alert - garish jersey in close proximity!

It's been really hard to photograph stuff this dreary June weather, so I got up especially early today to take advantage of the short-lived sunshine...and lovely it was too!

Anyway, if my original Grainline Studio experiments below could be referred to as the floral series... 


...then today I have what can only be described as the 'abstract animal series' to share with you. I really hope my rather garish taste in jersey doesn't put you off these two patterns, because they really are so versatile and a joy to work with. Personally, I can't wait to make them up with some cotton voile or lawn as well!

What?!? I'm the first to admit my taste in prints can be somewhat questionable...but just look how nicely this hangs!

Once again I omitted the tiny pocket from the Tiny Pocket Tank and I also raised the front neckline a smidge, which is much more to my taste.

I love finishing off the neckline and armholes using Tasia's method outlined in her Renfrew. It's such a professional and neat finish. 

I enjoy chilling in my roomy clothes - so comfy...bliss!

I don't know if you can tell, but the fit my new Scout Woven Tee is much better than the first. I was brave and cut out a whole size down all over this time (from a size 8 to a 6) and it has totally done the trick - I'm very pleased with the slightly 'snugger' fit.

This pattern has some lovely details like the softly gathered (or pleated in my lazy case) sleeves and the asymmetric hemline. 

So that's enough on the garish jersey front. I do promise that I have something other than jersey and other than tops to show you soon...

Here's some gorgeous cotton prints I'm working with at the moment

And a dress I can't wait to show off - it is jersey mind you, but it's not a top! Small steps ;o)

So, how have you all been enjoying your weekends? Did you manage to get much stitching done?

31 comments:

  1. Jersey is a great fabric so no need to be apologetic. I love that you make style statements on your prints. love it x

    I cannot wait to see the dress. xx

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    1. Thanks Rachel, you're so sweet!

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  2. All gorgeous! You are my jersey stitching inspiration! That top looks beautiful. I cannot wait to see the rest.

    As for me, no stitching yet. I think I have recovered from jet-lag and am hoping to get started on something soon.

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    1. Bless you Mela! Hope you feel less out of sorts soon!

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  3. I love your tops, prints and all! I tend to choose really boring safe ones for myself -- perhaps I should throw a wilder one into the mix!

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    1. Andrea, you should definitely go for it...you won't turn back once you get addicted to dodgy prints! Haha!

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  4. Maaan, so much good lookin' fabric! That first chaotic cheetah print is...actually amazing.

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    1. Hehe, I love it too! Thanks!

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  5. I've been reading the sewing blogs today about cake-v-frosting (everyday sensible garments-v-show off special items) Your prints make the t-shirts tick both boxes I think. They're fab.

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    1. Thank you snippa, I like this analogy and I guess they do fit into both boxes!

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  6. I LOVE the print tops. I am still to sew with what you sent me, but I will soon. I have been working on some fascinators, and I will start sewing tonight.

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    1. No problem Dibs, take your time ;o) I loved your fascinators...wow!

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  7. Ooh, I love these! Your animal prints are amazing! Love!!

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    1. Hehe, thanks! I can see you in some cheeky animal print for sure!

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  8. Awesome! You really are the jersey queen Marie :)

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    1. Hehe, not the greatest accolade, but I'll take it ;o)

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  9. I really like your choices for fabric, I think they'll all style up fabulously! Sadly I didn't get any stitching done this weekend but I did get a lot of tidying done in the sewing room and my drafting table all set up!

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    1. Well Bri, tidying etc is an important process. Sometimes I feel stifled creatively when everything's a mess, so I'm sure you're now raring to go ;o)

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  10. Prettyyyy! I love the last shot, and such a cute belt... good job being tantalising, haha. Every time I comment on your blog I get an error message in my email. Weird, but I think my comments go through anyway?

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    1. Hey Johnanna! That's so annoying about the error message, but I assure you that your lovely messages get through! Thank you for not getting bored of it and for coming back ;o)

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  11. Ooo I Love the print ones, good fabric choice! Can't wait to see the dress too.
    I haven't done any sewing in the last week :( maybe this one will be more productive for me!!

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    1. Thanks Sarah...hope you get some sewing done this week!

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  12. Such an apologetic post for such lovely sewing! 'Really garish ... somewhat questionable ... put you off.' What's not to like here?! I am going to set you a challenge - your next blog post is only allowed to be unremittingly celebratory about your achievements! If you like, you can tell everyone that I demanded you show off!!!

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    1. Ahahaha, you crack me up Karen! Thank you for your kind words and I'll have to think about that challenege...it's going to be tough ;o)

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  13. That sneak peak looks great but now I want to see it!!

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    1. Hehe, you wiil odon't worry!

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  14. I love them all! you've got a great eye for a print - I'd have just wrinkled my nose at those animal prints in the shop, but seeing the finished garments, I really covet them!

    Gosh - that dress looks so lovely already! is it the reissued vintage vogue?

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    1. Aaaw, thanks Shivani! I did question whether they were actually nice, so I'm glad I just went for it. I guess I have the benefit of it being so cheap that it doesn't matter if I hate it in the end!

      And yes, great spot! It is the re-issued vintage vogue! It's lovely and I think will work well with a nice cotton lawn as well!

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  15. Jersey-liscious!!!! Awesome sewing and wonderful fabrics....they all look super satisfying to make and wear. And you carry off the patterns so well Marie!! Loving the peek of the dress....I think I recognise the fabric?

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  16. You've been a busy girl! I like the red and black print and your vintage dress is inspired.

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  17. I definitely like that you are not afraid of experimenting with prints! Yay! for fearless print sewing. I am loving the detailed, colourful print(the one next to the houses print). Looking forward to seeing what you do with it:)

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