Pattern Review: Jarrah

This year I was fortunate enough to be a pattern tester for one of Megan Nielsen's new patterns which came out on 1 November 2018.  Here is my pattern review of Jarrah. Details Pattern name: JarrahVariation/Style: ADesign House: Megan NielsenSize I made: 10 Fabric I used a grey medium-thickness knit fabric - a bit like a ponte?  I found it in a charity shop in Helston and it was just what I was looking for!  The lighter grey is ribbing which was also from a charity shop (but has been in my stash for years...) Difficulty I would say that this pattern is…

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Pattern Review: The TATB Bow Blouse

Today I’m sharing a pattern review of one of my #2018makenine projects!  I added it to my make nine list as it’s something I began in 2017 and then abandoned when I got confused with it.  However, I am so glad I persevered as it wasn’t so bad after all and it certainly stands out in my wardrobe.

Details

  • Pattern name: Bow Blouse
  • Variation/Style: N/A
  • Design House: Tilly and the Buttons / Simply Sewing Magazine publication (issues 14 and 15)
  • Size I made: 4

Fabric

Purple crepe fabric I got from Fabricland well over a year ago… (I believe it’s probably synthetic or a blend at the very least)

Difficulty

This was a challenging make for a few reasons:

  • The fabric – you need to use something that drapes well.  However, this in turn makes it challenging to cut out  (lots of pins and starch spray!!) and sew together (lots of tacking!) as it can become distorted easily.
  • Sleeves – the sleeves need to be set in.  They also have gathers which require attention.
  • Collar and ties for the bow – I found this the most complicated part to decipher from the instructions, but if you have done a collar before you’ll be fine!

Clarity

Overall, I found the instructions clear and helpful.  However, I did get stalled at the collar/bow construction.  In fact, I stopped making it for about 15 months because of it!  When I did get back to it, I found it easy to understand though, so it’s probably just me hitting a wall at the time.

Fit

I made a straight size 4.  I didn’t make any adjustments and I find it’s a comfortable fit.  Even the length is good and I’m prone to add an inch for good measure usually.

Design

There are so many lovely features on this pattern.  The high-low hem, box pleat at the back, bow detail, round neckline, pleats at the front, and gathers on the sleeves… there’s so much detail!  I really like the length of the sleeves (just below elbow).  While the extra techniques made it take a while to construct, the pay off is well worth it.

Time Taken

I can’t provide an accurate estimate unfortunately due to the humongous break I took in starting and finishing this make, but due to all the new techniques I learned through making it, and the difficulty of the fabric, it was a long make.

Conclusion

Brilliant blouse!  I don’t normally wear blouses, but I love the design of this one and definitely want to make another .  I have a couple of potential fabrics in my stash but need to check there’s enough there.  That is the main downfall on blouses; they use a lot of fabric!

I recorded a review of the pattern as well:

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Pattern Review: The Frankie tshirt

Another #2018makenine is ticked off my list!  This time, I used t-shirting from my stash to try out the new Tilly and the Buttons book Stretch!

Details

  • Pattern name: Frankie t-shirt – Stretch! book
  • Variation/Style: Short sleeved
  • Design House: Tilly and the Buttons / Tilly Walnes
  • Size I made: 4

Fabric

T-shirting I got from Fabricland well over a year ago…

Difficulty

While it is a simple make, it is slightly more challenging than a basic beginner’s pattern as t-shirting is not as stable as other knit fabrics.  I was concerned about the raglan sleeves, but they turned out to be simple.  The curved hem is a bit challenging, but I used some hemming tape to keep it in place as I sewed.

Clarity

The instructions are really clear and helpful.  I didn’t go wrong at any point and it is probably due to the directions being so well laid out in the book.

Fit

I made a straight size 4.  I didn’t make any adjustments and I find it’s a comfortable fit.

Design

This t-shirt is very comfortable.  I’m a big fan of raglan sleeves and they’re beautiful ones on this pattern.  The curved hem (with a lower back hem) is a lovely feature too.  It’s a decent length too.

Time Taken

I completed this top in half a day, which included tracing the pieces out, and I’m not a fast sewer!  It’s a really quick make.

Conclusion

I love this top and can’t wait to make more with other fabrics in my stash!

I recorded a review of the pattern as well:

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DIY Hair Towel Turban: Follow step by step on Youtube!

I’m excited to be able to let you know that I have finished editing a video where you can watch step by step how to make the hair towel turban, which is a free pattern you can download from this website in the shop here.

I’ve popped the video below, or you can pop over to Youtube to view it.

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