This past summer I bought some Anna Maria Horner voile that was on sale at Huggeligt. The fabric sat in my stash until a couple of weeks ago, because as gorgeous as the fabric is, I couldn’t think of what to do with it. I love colour, but the print is a little louder than I usually wear. I spotted a free pattern for pyjama’s on the Advantages Magazine website. Voile pyjama’s? Oh yes! These loungers from Anthropologie served as the inspiration for the wide contrast cuff. I nixed the pyjama top, and opted to use a tank I have that just happened to be the perfect match.
Some pattern notes; I sewed the size 40 pant, but I found that I needed to add an extra 1/2 ease in the thigh area. I usually wear a size 8 bottoms. Luckily I had the foresight to sew up a muslin of the pants, using some cotton that I had put aside for such a purpose. I know that it is an extra step, but I highly recommend sewing up a muslin, especially if you are using special fabric. There is nothing worse than making something that doesn’t fit right! I added a 6″ cuff to the bottom and a bow to the waist using contrasting fabric.
There is a nice DIY for a pair of shirred voile p.j pant bottoms at Noodlehead. I may have to make these, as I am now a little addicted to sewing with voile!
What is it about freezing cold weather that makes me want to sew clothing for spring? I was on a search for free sewing patterns a few weeks ago and I found a great French site Advantages Magazine, which has free patterns under the ‘Couture’ category. I have made a couple of the patterns so far, the first being this pattern for a Kimono blouse. I love the simplicity of the pattern, and I thought that it would translate well into the colour block trend that is popular this year. Speaking of translating, google translate produces a rather amusing translation for the pattern instructions. If you are experienced with patterns, I don’t think that you will have any trouble figuring it out on your own! To download the pattern, scroll to the bottom of the page and click ‘Telechargez le Patron’. To download the pattern layout click ‘Telechargez le Schema’.
Some pattern notes; I sewed the smallest pattern size, which is the size ’38’. For comparison, I am a size 6 on top. I took 2 inches off of the width of the sleeves, and blended it into the side seams. The original design has the sleeve going straight across to the bodice, but because I was using linen and not the silk as suggested in the pattern, the sleeves were a little full and they stuck out in an awkward manner. I also left off the contrast sleeve facing and the contrast hem band. Because of this I lengthened the shirt by 1 1/2 inches. I used linen from my stash, but it would also be beautiful made with voile.
This photo shows how I curved the sleeves into the side seams:
If you are looking for a quick and easy sewing project for spring, this is the one!
This is my first attempt at translating my chicken scratch knitting notes into a legible pattern. I hope that it makes sense!
Boot Topper Pattern
Yarn weight: Bulky
Needle size: set of 6mm dbl pointed, one 6.5mm straight needle.
Cast 44 sts onto 6.5mm straight needle. Divide onto 3 6mm double-pointed needles.
Cuff: k2, p2 ribbing until cuff measures 3″.
Row 1: k across, decreasing by 4 sts evenly around. pm.
Row 2 & 3: k to marker.
Row 4: p to marker.
Row 5: *k2, k2 tog, yo. Repeat from * around.
Row 6: k to marker.
Row 7: p to marker.
Row 8-10: k to marker.
Repeat rows 2-10 3x.
Bottom cuff: k2, p2 rib for 1″.
Loosely bind off and weave in ends.