Ethel Designer Top

Style Arc Ethel Top Cotton 2

These Ethel Designer Top from StyleArc (which I purchased as a set) isn’t something that I wear all that often.

I made the top well before I’d sewn any high-waisted pants, so it was a touch too short for me to enjoy wearing it with my jeans, and so it got pushed to the back of the cupboard for almost 2 years.

Style Arc Ethel Top Cotton

I’ve since discovered that the top works with a lot of my me-made clothes, and so I’m planning another version in delicious linen.


Sizing Details: I made this up in a straight size 22 and don’t think I’d ever bother grading since there are so many bits.

Floral Montrose top

Cashmerette Montrose Cotton

This Montrose Top from Cashmerette is going to be a Tried-n-True pattern in my wardrobe, I can feel it in my bones!

I bought this fabric as a remnant from Nerida Hansen in Australia. It sat in my stash for quite a while because it was a much thinner cotton than I had anticipated, and I also wasn’t sure if it was very ‘me’.

Cashmerette Montrose Cotton 2

Turns out my fears were quite unfounded, because I wear this top all the time! Even though I sewed the high neckline without a keyhole opening at the back, I find it easy enough to get on and off, and since there’s so many colours on the shirt, it really goes with most of my wardrobe.

Size Details: I sewed the C/D cup bodice in a size 20, grading out to size 22 as the waist starts to curve out. I’m also using the Full Bicep sleeve, which is maybe my favourite part of this pattern.

Sapporo Coat

Papercut Patterns Sapporo Coat Wool 3

This Sapporo Coat from Papercut Patterns is one of my biggest sewing regrets, that I’m resolved to turn into a sewing win!

I’m quite a way outside of the Papercut Patterns maximum hip size of 46.5″ (close to 10″ inches away), and because I loved the coat so much I got in touch with the company to ask if they thought my measurements would work with the coat pattern. They said yes, of course, since they were trying to sell me a coat pattern and off I went.

Papercut Patterns Sapporo Coat Wool

I found a lovely wool/cashmere blend on super sale, which I decided to cut into without making a muslin. While the fabric wasn’t expensive to me, knowing the value of it makes the failure of this coat sting all the more.

The coat is ultimately too small. Something that would now be clear to me since I have a few more projects under my belt. What I loved about the oversized fit on other people, doesn’t translate to me because I am using every single additional inch of positive ease to squeeze bottom end into the coat.

Papercut Patterns Sapporo Coat Wool 2

I finished this coat on the 3rd of December 2017 and I’ve worn it outside of the house maybe 4 or 5 times. I took these photos in the coat recently and I think maybe I’ve finally come round. It’s not the perfect version of the Sapporo coat that I was aiming for, because it doesn’t look like the same coat on me as it does on others. It is a comfortable coat though, the fabric is lovely & warm and it has excellent pockets. I’m definitely going to try and get it out of the house more than 5 times this coming winter.


Size Details: I sewed the XL size (drafted for a 46.5″ hip) and am pictured wearing it here with a 54″ hip.

Ethel Designer Pants

Style Arc Ethel Pants Cotton

These Ethel Designer Pant from StyleArc (which I purchased as a set) sat in my ‘almost finished’ sewing box for over a year, after I deemed them not very successful.

After some unsuccessful purchases from them (back when they didn’t include finished garment measurements), I try to be quite savvy about picking patterns where it doesn’t matter that I need to grade at least a couple of sizes between my top and bottom.

Style Arc Ethel Pants in Linen

I’m not sure what these pants are made of (it’s a kind of silky feeling cotton twill-ish thing from a store without a website), but they’re glorious. The fabric feels delicious and has a decent heft to it. I wish I knew what it was so that I could buy more (in the unlikely instance that they’re still stocking the same mysterious fabric 2 years later).

Style Arc Ethel Pants Cotton 2

I threw the pattern for these out in a huff (most likely the paper got fed to the worms), but I really wish I hadn’t been so hasty. The pockets on these are glorious, and I really just need to shorten the elastic so that they stay up better. Realistically, I’ll probably just keep wearing them exactly as they are.


Sizing Details: I made these up in a straight size 24 but would give size 22 a go if I make these again.

Brown & blue Springfield Top

Cashmerette Springfield Cotton 1

Buying this Springfield Top pattern from Cashmerette was something I sat on for ages.

It seemed too simple to purchase. Not that I have any skills making my own patterns, but I suppose I just thought I should be able to make do.

Cashmerette Springfield Cotton

What eventually swayed me into purchasing the Springfield was that I had at least 6 or 7 pieces of fabric that were too small to be used on any of the other patterns that I already owned. I obviously needed this.

I had enough of this nice brown cotton to also add a self-lining to the inside yolk. This is great since I have such trouble telling front from back on my makes.

Sizing Details: I’ve sewed the C/D cup bodice in a Size 20 at the bust, grading out to a size 22 at the hips. I’m wearing the top here with a 47″ bust and 54″ hip.