Sunday, 3 December 2017

Winter White Long Sleeve T-Shirt

This little top that I have made has come out better than expected, you know sometimes you buy fabric online then it arrives and you are not that inspired? Well this was that fabric for me, I was trying to keep with my resolve of not always buying wild patterns so I chose this plain off white with a semi transparent stripe.  I have stared at it a lot and thought oh it will be just too plain, today I cut it out and made it up within an hour and I love it.
 So sometimes less fuss is better, as soon as I put it on I thought it will probably get lots of wear, the fabric is good and thick so time will tell how it holds up after a few washes.
I used a satin stretch bias binding around the neck this time and that was good to work with, just a simple hem on the sleeves and a curved hem again but a bit shorter than the last top I made.

I have cropped these photos but there is a dog trying to creep into every one and cock their leg, here one of them succeeded! 
Here is my baking paper pattern in use again that I made a while ago, I think it will see many outings in various forms.

Happy to have got that finished I then took up the sleeves on a coat for a colleague while watching a few Ted talks and powered through my ironing for the week curtesy of my new iron. My old one gave up on me last night just as I was about to go over a dress I was going out in, fortunately it only had a few wrinkles from being hung in a cramped wardrobe.  The night out was a treat to myself, I went to see the Northern Ballet perform The Little Mermaid it was wonderful, it was the original story not to be confused with the Disney version!

I don't  know what it is with us and irons as we seem to get through a lot, always just after the warranty has expired annoyingly.  There are some who tell me they never iron, how is this possible? Why are people not constantly crumpled if they never iron?  There must be some secret non ironing society that I have been left out of and doomed to buy a new iron every year or so.  If you have details of the non ironing secret please feel free to pass them on.  However being a dress maker there will always be something that needs a press to finish it off won't there.

This week I have tried out some lovely new recipes one of them being the Masala Cheela Pancake
it uses the gram flour and is the closest I have come to feeling like I ate a pancake since turning vegan.  I probably added more veggies than stated but it was lovely so have a look at the Hungry Gecko blog for more recipes just follow the  link above.


  1. I think it is good to make clothes out of plain fabric too - soon your whole wardrobe will go with everything else in it - that is what I found when I started doing it. Your top looks super useful. Ironing? I dry my washing in the huge launderette drum dryers for £2 a week and iron only about 6 things from a family of four for a whole week! The rest is carefully folded and goes straight back in the drawers. Jo xx

  2. Do you find some clothes shrink though? I do have a tumble dryer but try to use it only occasionally but even then I'm selective about what goes in as I have found in the past that clothing (especially Jersey will shrink). My son swears I have shrunk two of his hoodies in the past so now I am wary. Good on you though for eliminating the bulk of the chore. xx

  3. Avery useful wardrobe staple!

  4. love that top,lovely classic style too.Hee hee love your lil doggy are they all Jack Russells.

    1. Thank you. Yes two jack Russels and a jug, he is half Jack Russel and half Pug. x


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