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!
Native to China, ramie is a linen-like fibre made from nettles and which is classified as a cellulose fiber, just like cotton, linen and rayon.
Ramie fibers comes from the stem of a nettle plant called China grass (Boehmeria nivea). It looks similar to European nettle but it does not have prickles.
What does Ramie feel like?
Ramie fibre is lustrous, looks like silk and sometimes mistaken for linen. It’s extremely absorbent, much more so than cotton, and also breathes well (much like linen), making it especially comfortable for warm and humid summers.
It’s known especially for its ability to hold shape, reduce wrinkling, and introduce a silky lustre to the fabric’s appearance, Ramie is not as durable as other fibers and so is often blended with cotton or wool.
Is Ramie a highly sustainable & eco-friendly fibre?
Ramie does not require pesticides or herbicides to grow and it can be harvested up to 6 times in a good year. It is very strong with some research suggesting that it is 8 times stronger than cotton.
It’s one of the oldest fiber crops, having been used for at least 6,000 years, but unlike other bast crops, ramie currently requires chemical processing to de-gum the fiber. That was surprising to find out, because it raises the question- how did they de-gum the fiber before harsh chemicals?
As with all fibres, you have to make a judgement call for yourself about what you’re most concerned about. The fibre is vegan (unlike silk or wool), it doesn’t require pesticides or herbicides (like cotton does), but it does use chemicals in the process (which your linen will too unless it is unbleached or processed in a closed-loop process), and if you’re buying ramie which is dyed (instead of unbleached and undyed fabric or bleached and dyed in a closed-loop process) then that could also be another environmental concern.
Where can you buy Ramie fabric?
Armed with that knowledge, if you’d like to give ramie a go, then here are a few places that currently have the fibre in stock