I finally cracked and set up a subscription to Seamwork. There are few things more likely to make me get my wallet out than the phrase “secret pyjamas”, which was used to describe the latest trouser offering in this month’s edition, so I’m now a fully paid up member. If anyone hasn’t heard of it, it’s an online magazine by the fabulous Colette team. The articles are free and well worth a read and for $6 a month you also get 2 patterns with every edition – as a Brit it took me a while to work out that this was actually pretty amazing value. You can also buy the old patterns for $7 each if you don’t want to sign up!
Apart from the aforementioned secret pyjamas (Moji), the lovely Akita blouse pattern is included in this month’s issue. It’s an extremely simple blouse with one pattern piece. You cut the material on the fold and end up with one piece of material and you basically just sew up bust darts, side seams and finish all the edges.
According to Seamwork the pattern is supposed to take one hour. Obviously this doesn’t take into account printing and sticking the pattern pieces (which always takes me FOREVER), cutting out the fabric and making your own bias binding, which I ended up doing. However, it is extremely quick once you have all those things, so it’s a great pattern for a quick fix and now that I’ve got the pattern pieces I can imagine whipping up quite a few of these!
I absolutely love the silhouette of the blouse tucked into a skirt, especially with this drapey fabric. I bought the fabric in Masons and I believe it was labelled as viscose. It has a nice feel to it, similar to peach skin. One downside, which you can see in some of the pictures is that it does crease quite easily, but I don’t mind that much. Partly my fault for taking photos after wearing it to work all day and not ironing it when I got home 😉 I also really like the pattern, which reminds me of Charles Rennie Mackintosh stained glass.
In the instructions you finish the sleeve hem and the slits at the bottom of the side seams before sewing the side seams. I personally think that this has made the join between hem and seam quite weak and I think next time I’ll do it the other way around.
The main problem I had with this pattern, which you can probably see in these photos (again, sorry about the creases…) is that it’s far too long on me. I guess I should have thought about this, but I’ve got used to using Tilly patterns where I don’t have to worry about it so much. It’s not helped by the fact that I did a bad job of cutting the back hem, so it’s a little shorter than the front either. I’m considering shortening the front by a couple of inches so that it looks a bit more balanced, but I think I’ll mostly wear this blouse tucked in, so it’s not a big deal. Next time I cut it out I’ll definitely shorten a bit though. I think I could even do with shortening the top half because the bust darts are quite low.
This was the first time I ventured further than the yard behind our flat for some blog photos and I was really self-conscious about it! I don’t even know why, it just feels weird to be doing a photo shoot and for people to be walking past and watching. I guess this is something I can work on. Do you have blog photo fear too?! Special thanks go to Ben for getting such fab pictures despite an unruly model and fading light