Released late in 2019 in extended sizes, the Roscoe Blouse is another example of True Bias going through the archives to update for more inclusive sizing. I think this top (and the dress view) would make great work wear.
This dress has been on my ‘must-make list’ since I found it online. I love the wrap skirt (which is a good option for those who aren’t included in the sizing for the Keilo wrap dress). Knowing that I’d have to do a FBA has slowed me down, but I still adore it and think ‘I must make that soon’ whenever I see it!
Cashmerette is such an amazing resource for incredibly consistent plus-size sewing patterns. Their ‘choose-your-bust-size’ pattern options are incredibly helpful, and patterns like The Tobin seem almost timeless- a great investment pattern for your stash!
I used the Torrens Box Top pattern (in my usual size A) and simply cut the fabric down in a straight line from where the pattern piece ended. Because the top includes a generous amount of ease, I knew there’d be no need for me to grade out at the hips.
I didn’t include pockets because I was worried about the long-term performance on the silk noil from me jamming heavy things in there, but it would have been easy to draft and add some in-seam pockets in!
Trin from A+R Fabrics kindly sent this mirren blue silk noil my way (I believe this blue and the moss green are the two newest colours that she’s started to stock in her silk noil range).
Silk noil is great to sew with! Because of the lovely texture, it’s not at all slippery, and I almost never pinned the seams before I sewed them (except the neckline)! Since it’s a natural fibre, it’s lovely to wear and will work for winter & summer.
Fabric Usage & Size Details: The silk noil is 110cm wide and I’d say that I could have cut this dress with about 2.5 metres and still had a small amount left over (I cut on the open, rather than with my fabric folded). I used the Size A for the Torrens and I’m a 47″ bust and 54~” hip, but I had plenty of room at the hips without grading up.
If you have already purchased the Torrens, you’ll get an email with the new sleeve pieces once we’ve finalised the instructions in the New Year!
Because I didn’t have much fabric, I wasn’t able to concentrate on pattern matching, but the two sleeves are non-identical twins! They’re pretty close, but the fabric was quite shifty and I didn’t want to stress much about trying to get the crepey squares to lay exactly straight.
The same virtues of the Torrens still apply here- Leila drafted the shoulder for larger bodies and also put a lot of thought in to the neckline as well. I find the neckline to be the perfect width for my narrow shoulders- it’s not too high and my bra straps are never on display. I don’t find that the top slips around during the day, and I certainly never have to pull the top down after it has slid backwards and started choking me at the neck (it just never happens and it’s a total game-changer). So, while this is a deceptively simple looking top that maybe doesn’t strike awe- the comfort factor is next level because there’s no ‘poor-fit’ issues affecting the wearing!
Sew Family Jammies, hosted by Sew Altered Style is a Christmas blog tour! Keep up with the blog tour and the fun jammies being sewn on Instagram here.
Both pairs of PJs are our Glebe Pants from Muna and Broad, but I’m modelling both here since I’ll have to ship these pants off to my mum!
I used the tour as an excuse to whip myself up some summer pyjama pants! This pair made with thrift-shop batik are pocket-free (because I find the extra fabric to be uncomfortable in bed). This made for an incredibly quick sew!
This winter pair for my mum includes the pockets with a silk lining from an old dressing gown which got threadbare in sections. The inside of the pants are quite fleecy and cosy to wear!
I was trying to be incredibly organised when I cut these out for my mum, who has a slightly smaller hip size than me. Since then, Leila has updated the sizing and I could have cut out a size closer to her actual measurements- oh well!
I didn’t pay any attention at all to pattern matching on either pants, but it’s especially amusing with my batik fabric where I have a bunch flower right in the middle of my left cheek!
Happy Christmas Day to everyone, best wishes for your last minute sewing, other projects and the holidays in general!
Here’s all the links for the previous and future blogs in the Sew Family Jammies Blog Tour!
It’s only episode 5 and I’m already posting late because holiday-mode Jess doesn’t keep track of what the days are (since it really doesn’t matter). Here’s a selection of patterns which could go winter or summer, depending what you sew them up in (or wear them with). I know lots of the Southern Hemisphere is having incredibly hot weather, but here in Christchurch a coat would still be a useful addition to my wardrobe! This will be the last roundup post until 2020, see you all there!