Thursday, January 13, 2011

Keeping my mind off the floods

Much of Queensland is under water. My hometown of Ipswich was expecting record water levels but at 19.5m it did not quite get to the 1974 level. Thankfully the worst thing that has happened to family and friends is power lost and roads cut off. My heart goes out to the families where members lives have been lost. The events that happened on Tuesday the 11th were such a tragedy.

I have been weighing up whether it is appropriate to post that I have been sewing when so many have lost their possessions or at least their power. Sewing is my hobby but I use it as a time to reflect and pray. As I was sewing yesterday, I was just so thankful for my family being safe and sound.

This is Jalie 2804 - the empire crossover top. The pattern comes in a range of sizes, for children to plus size adult, and there are 4 sleeve options (sleeveless, cap, 3/4, long) and two front panel options (flat or gathered). I went with the flat front and cap sleeves.

Based on my measurements, I went with a size T. For reference, I use a Burda 38 for my upper body. I forgot to adjust for my sloped shoulders, so I ended up retro-fitting the shoulder area to get rid of the wrinkles. I used a hot pink viscose elastane fabric left over from a tee I made the other year.

It's a great fit, nice and fitted, but I don't like the way the modesty panel pulls at the sleeves. This is because the elastic is shorter than the panel length to fit snug to the body, but it just tries to compensate by stealing some of the sleeve and then gives some ugly wrinkles.

This Jalie pattern, when compared to my Kwik Sew patterns, has a lot more length. I decided that in the future, I would compare it and then reduce the length if I felt it was excessive. I feel it is a little unflattering as it stops at my widest point (a big no no for us pear shapes).

Well, the next day when I made it again, I shortened it by 6cm and did not bother with the modesty panel. I used a printed viscose elastane, from my local Bargain Box fabric store and eleccted to use the 3/4 sleeves, since I know that I will be needing them soon and my current ones are worn out.

I think this length is a little more flattering on me.
One of my goals for this year is to use more fabric than I buy. Instead of just shelving the leftover half metre, I thought I would cut out another top and sewing it up at the same time (you know, production line style).

This pattern is Kwik Sew 3032. It has some gathers at the front bust. My coverstitch machine was being a princess, so I sewed the neck and armhole seams with a zig zag stitch on my sewing machine. Before my CS machine, I would use a twin needle, but I was feeling rather lazy after threading and rethreading my touchy machine.


  1. First time to your blog and I love what you create. These last two tops are both very pretty. I especially like the green print. (and my heart goes out to your fellow Australians flooded out of their homes).

  2. I'm just now finding out about the extent of the flooding damage. I've been without electricty for the past 48h or so (which is normal for us, actually!) and also dealing with a sad anniversary so out of the loop in a major way!

    But your comment is interesting. I posted about sewing being my therapy just this morning. So I, for one, can completely understand what you are talking about.

    As for your tops, love the fabrics. I'll have to check if I have that pattern. And is that the infamous Pantone Honeysuckle Pink?!?!

  3. Thanks for the reminder on this Jalie top. I made it about 3 years ago, and need to make it again. You really look awesome in both versions. The hot pink is a great color on you and so is the green print. It's good to hear you have been spared from the flooding. Maui is getting so much rain lately. I normally help with a kid's club at my church on Wednesday nights, and for the first time in my 3 years of volunteering they canceled it this evening due to the rain!

  4. I think they both look great on you - I wouldn't have noticed the length if you hadn't pointed it out. The second top is definitely a better length though, and the colour and print really suits you! (Loving that hair too)

  5. Thanks for stopping by Anita.

    lakaribane - not sure about the colour. I know that is this year's colour, I just like that colour anyway!

    Mushy - The Pastor's daughteer at our church was due to get married on Firday. She has had to cancel, because the church is being used as an evacuation centre.

    Curls - that's my hair a la natural. Frizzy (though it is looking okay today).

  6. LOVE the 3/4 length sleeve black/white top with no panel. It looks so good on you.

  7. I have this pattern ... still in its plastic wrapper :-( must do something about that!
    I really liked the pink version but when you pointed out the length and the pear shape I thought ... hmmm maybe, Then when i saw your second version I realised exactly what you were saying and i will take note too. Thanks so much for sharing.
    I am glad to hear you are ok. There is so much sadness and for sure your prayers will help.


Thanks - I love receiving comments.