Friday 6 May 2016

A pullover of feathers.

Beautifully printed feathery feathers.

 Grey on grey.

Boxy over skinnies.

I guess my love for loose, boxy tops and dresses knows no bounds. And pockets. Always pockets.

It's pretty damned perfect.

This is the Patch Pocket Pullover (Pattern F_1) from Simple Chic by 大川友美.

I purchased this book a few months ago and my lovely friend Kate, of Sewing with Kate, mentioned she loved this pattern. We really are birds of a feather. I totally dig her style and have coveted many of her pieces. Since this pattern was one of the main reasons I purchased the book I suggested we do a joint project. Each of us sewing it in our own spaces, with our own sense of style, and then showcasing our creations at the same time. You should see Kate's! Looking great in a soft and drapey pink and grey herringbone, showing how different fabrics can give the top a new look.

Be aware that patterns in this book are one size fits all, and let's face it, that's rarely worked out well for anyone. This is the pattern sewn exactly as drafted. It fits me well and I love the oversized shape (which the pattern intends), but you might want to check the finished measurements which are noted with the instructions. The shoulders are quite wide and those little gussets don't sit quite right. I might try to redraft them a little next time.

I chose to use this fairly heavy Montreaux Drill from Spotlight. I knew I wanted to make this a warmer top, to be worn with jeans and perhaps layered over a long sleeved tee in winter. This fabric sat winking at me from below a pile of rejects. That perfect grey on grey, the sheeny look to the fabric and the perfect feather print just screamed at me to be taken home. Even if grey is decidedly not my colour.

Nothing that a spot of bronzer and a colourful lippy can't fix!

That's my story and I'm sticking to it. I adore the end result.

It's utterly everything I'd hoped for and it's a look I'll happily adopt this autumn/winter. I can see a few more of these in my future. I'm thinking a soft drapey wool would be heavenly. And seriously I am digging this silhouette with my brand spanking new Bared boots.

It's love, people. Pure, unadulterated maker love.

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