I’d been thinking about buying some of this Australian floral printed fabric of Ellie Whittaker‘s from Spotlight’s upholstery fabric section to make this free wrap skirt from Peppermint Magazine for ages! When Spotlight had a sale, I didn’t hesitate to snap it up. But then it sat in my stash for a while and then I cut it out but didn’t sew it up, and then when I eventually sewed it up I realised that it didn’t really work with a single top that I own, so it languished in my wardrobe until today (a couple of days after this cropped white t-shirt arrived in the post)!
Size details: I’m a bit larger than the 54″ hip size for this pattern, but I cut the pasdttern as-is and used a slightly smaller seam allowance. The sizing difference means that the side-seams aren’t ‘true’ down the sides, but the generous overlap on the skirt means that it’s still difficult for me to flash the public (though not as difficult as it is in my wool version, which was utterly unaffected by breeze)! The only change I made to the pattern was lengthening the ties slightly.
Fabric estimate: I ordered 2.5 metres of this 150cm wide fabric and have a very decent amount leftover, but I did cut the pieces out paying absolutely no attention to pattern placement.
I’ve been saving this gorgeous rayon from Drapers Fabric for the perfect project. I’m happy to say that I’m really pleased with the usage here, and I think I’ll have enough leftover for a summer shell top (maybe an Ashton from Helen’s Closet?)
We’re currently testing the Torrens Box Top for Muna & Broad. The pattern is out with our lovely testers and will be released in November! As always, sign up to the email list if you’d like to be kept up to date on the latest.
Size Details: I made the smallest size in this pattern. The neckline is drafted so that it doesn’t show bra-straps (even on my very narrow shoulders). Leila drafted the shoulder seams with some wizard tricks- this shirt doesn’t constantly shift back at the neckline so that it chokes you at numerous points during the day! The only change I made was to crop the shirt by turning the bottom up with two generous folds. I love a thick bottom hem, so that was perfect!
I found 5 metres of this fabric for $15 at a fabric remnant sale of a Christchurch local clothes shop, and it’s quite creasy, quite light but very comfortable.
I made a size 1 in the Glebe Pants (which is a nice change from relying on positive ease to sneak in to a size chart), even though my ‘seated hip size’ would put me up a size. I didn’t need to add any height at the front or at the back of the rise and find these very comfortable and think they sit perfectly.
I was on the hunt for close-to-home silk noil fabric when a lovely instagrammer suggested taking a look at A + R Fabrics (who are based out of Australia). I’m always a sucker for a minimal white website, but since I’d recently purchased some black silk noil from Canada, I got in touch to see if there would be any new colours coming in soon (spoiler alerts: there is) and Trin offered to send some of her black silk noil my way in order to give it a test run.
Why silk? Why Silk Noil? Silk will keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. It has natural wicking properties (it has absorbency equal to wool), and it’s the strongest natural fibre. Silk Noil (also known as Raw Silk) is made from the leftovers of the premium silk making process. It has a feel similar to cotton, with a lovely nobbly texture, but with the same drape you expect from silk. Because of the nobbly texture, this was a delight to sew and I barely pinned anything during the sewing and none of the pins I did put in left any marks. Silk Noil also takes up dyes readily, and it’s also the most home-washable of the silks (I prewashed mine in the washing machine). Also, as with all natural fibres, this bad boy will biodegrade naturally and won’t release any microplastics during washing
This top is another cropped top version of the StyleArc Eme dress, which I made a few small changes to- I lengthened the arms, omitted the sleeve facings and also frenched all the seams. I’m not sure if this is my perfect box top pattern (I’d like the neckline to be a little less wide, the sleeves a little more generous and I’d like a way to make clean insides without having to french around the underarm curve (which inevitably leaves puckers on the outside).
I’m pretty sure I’ve had this top on for at least a portion of the day every day since I made it. It seems to be my go-to because the colour works with all my pants and the length is just right for all my high-waisted pants. We’ve had some warm and chilly days over that time, and the fabric hasn’t left me sweaty or cold on either day!
You’ll be seeing silk noil again on here soon, and I’m eyeing up the white silk noil for some avocado seed dyeing experiments