Jarrah Sweater

The Jarrah Sweater is one of those patterns that as been around for a while and although I was aware of it it wasn’t really on my radar until I saw a version sewn up at my weekly sewing group. The teacher had sewn a couple of sample versions up in preparation for a class that she was planning and instantly I knew it was a pattern I wanted to sew.

I got back home and immediately ordered the pattern. The pattern is pretty economical on fabric, I had some ponte weight floral jersey fabric that I had picked up from the swap table at #SewBrum back in October and decided to use that for my trial version. I only had about 1 metre so didn’t bother with cuffs and instead just cut the sleeves out to the longest length I could get from the fabric – these turned out to be plenty long enough.

I went with View C for my first make, because the waist tie is what first drwe me to the pattern. I used the finished measurements to guide my sizing, I usually work on body measurements but this is a loose fit top so I cut a straight size 8 (for my body measurements I would usually grade up to a 12 on the waist), this size worked out perfectly and the fabric worked really well.

The pattern is a very easy sew, I have made a number of jersey tops over the last couple of years so pretty much skipped through the instructions although I did pay attention for the tie which is a detail that I haven’t sewn before. I found the instructions very clear for this stage.

I was so impressed with the pattern that I went straight on to make another, this time I used a striped French Terry from Lamazi Fabrics, at the time of writing the fabric is still available and can be found here:

Groovy Stripes Green / Chocolate Cotton French Terry

The fabric is lovely quality and washes well, it is also very soft to the touch. This time I used some contrasting cuffing fabric to finish off the sleeves which is a perfect match to the brown stripes.

With Christmas fast approaching I decided I just had time to squeeze one more in before packing my machine away. I sew at the kitchen table but will be cooking for 10 this year so needed to clear my sewing machine and all the paraphernalia that goes with it away. I wanted something with a little bit of sparkle and picked up some sweatshirting fabric which has cute glittery foxes on it from a local fabric shop.

This time a went for View B but lengthened the body by 1 inch and shortened the sleeves by 2 inches.

This is definitely one of those patterns that I will be returning to time and time again. I actually have another one planned with some fabric that I have had in my stash since the summer, next time I am planning on lengthening the pattern into a dress but that will have to wait until the New Year when Christmas festivities are over and I can get my sewing table back.

Tilly and the Buttons Indigo

I always get super excited when I hear that Tilly and the Buttons is bringing out a new pattern, I love her patterns. The style is very much me and I am confident that the instructions are always going to be good.

When the Indigo top and tunic was announced I didn’t hesitate to order it and to date I have made two tunic length smocks.

The first dress was made up in a light weight viscose from Pin and Sew with a lovely feather design.

Purple Feathers Viscose

I had read a few reviews that said the smock was fairly loose fitting and although I wanted to maintain some of the looseness I didn’t want it to look over big so decided to downsize from my usual size. I usually cut a 4 in the Tilly patterns and then grade to a 5 at the waist but I decided to go for a straight size 3. This was a mistake and I had to use a very narrow seam around the arm and underarm area, luckily Tilly is very generous with the seam allowance which should be 5/8 inches so I brought it in to 2/8 inches all along the sleeve and underarm and then graded back to the normal seam allowance once I hit the waist and the fit came out pretty well.

For my second dress I used some cheap fabric that I picked up at a recent sewing event – #sewbrum is based in Birmingham, England and is an annual event which has been running for about 5 years I think. This was my second time attending and I had the most amazing day. There were about 300 sewists who decended on Birmingham to spend time around the Rag Market where many a bargain is to be had, Barry’s and The Fancy Silk Store and then onto Guthrie and Ghani for refreshments, a raffle and a final bit of fabric shopping.

https://guthrie-ghani.co.uk/

The animal print fabric cost me £1 per metre from The Rag Market so although it probably isn’t the best quality I can’t complain and am pretty pleased with how it turned out. I seem to have a bit of an obsession with animal print. I sized up to a 4 this time and used the normal seam allowance, I also decided to add ties this time so that I can bring it in around the waist. I still haven’t got the fit perfect, the area around my underarm always seems to be the problem area and I could still size up slightly there but the fit everywhere else is good so maybe it is another adjustment that is required.

I have added the flouncy sleeves on both of my makes but I have yet to add the frill seam to the waist but plan to do this once I have got the fit just right.

this is definitely one of those patterns that I can see me making over and over. It is the sort of style that I like and can easily be dressed up or down to suit the occasion. I also think it is a style that can be transitioned for all seasons with the addition of boots for autumn/winter and maybe short sleeves for the summer. Oh and it has pockets too😍

Do you have a favourite pattern company that you turn to time and again? I would love to hear.