Monthly Archives: June 2014

Winter white Belcarra

My winter (well, it is winter here) white Sewaholic Belcarra.

White Sewaholic Belcarra - front

Because if you’re Aussie, you have to have a photo next to your lemon tree in the backyard. Yes, there is a hills hoist and a garden shed off camera to my right.

I’m not usually at the forefront of sewing up patterns as soon as they’re released. When the Sewaholic Gabriola was announced I flicked past it, not interested in anything maxi (am I the only mum who feels that way?). But the top Tasia was wearing – I couldn’t get that out of my head. And sure enough it was announced that it would be the next Sewaholic release, I’d just have to wait around 2 months. What?

I waited patiently… I lost interest… I didn’t pre-order… but when it was released… “Add to cart”.

This white one is my second Belcarra make. I made the size 0 with a couple of adjustments. I brought the shoulder seams forward a touch. I also bound the neckline at 1/4 inch instead of 5/8 inch as the original neckline is too wide for where my bra straps end up. I think I added about 1 inch to the length, as I did a baby hem instead of the suggested hem length.

White Belcarra - back

I underlined the front and back pieces as the white voile I used is a bit sheer. I sandwiched them between the sleeve pieces which creates a very white line at the seam. Let’s call that a design feature. I also realised that most of my bra strap lands under the sleeve pieces which aren’t underlined. Let’s call that a design feature too.

White Sewaholic Belcarra

I love the turn back cuffs and how they shape the end of the sleeve. I don’t love the fold of fabric that appears around the underarm – any ideas how to get rid of that? I’ve seen it in a lot of other makes on the interwebs, so maybe that’s just fabric choice or how raglans work.

Pattern: Sewaholic Belcarra, View B sleeves and View C cuffs, size 0 with forward shoulder adjustment and smaller neckline. Purchased from Sew Squirrel (my favourite Aussie independent pattern retailer).
Fabric: White voile from Lincraft (Australia)
Thoughts: Love this pattern, great for home and the office

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Oliver + S Sunny Day Shorts

@oliverands #SunnyDayShortsSunny day shorts front

I am a big fan of Oliver + S. The munchkin has about 5 pairs of Puppet Show shorts, and several bucket hats.

And then the Sunny Day Shorts were released as a free pattern!

I made up the size 4 for my nearly 3 year old nappy (diaper) wearer. They’re a bit big, but it’s winter here, so the plan is that she’ll wear them next season (although today it is 26ºC/79F here).

Of course I added front slant pockets, as it increases the likelihood of wear significantly, borrowed from my previous trusty plain shorts pattern from Happy Homemade Vol. 2 (re-released as Sew Chic Kids). Along with the cute back pocket from the same pattern.

back

Fabric is Cloud9 grey arrow cotton chintz collection from Spotlight (Australia) which retails at AUD$9.99 per metre. I picked up a 40cm remnant piece for $0.80. Disturbingly, I was out of 3/4″ elastic, so the purchase of the elastic was the most expensive part of these shorts.

Fit seems great and am glad that I have a pattern that will stretch to 12 years of age and that I don’t have to add seam allowances to or trace.

Thanks Oliver + S!