So in spite of the change of routine I have managed to make another blouse, vvvery slowly, maybe 15 minute sessions at a time, but it is now finished.
This blouse is the Megan Nielsen Banksia top which I had made before, but hadn't quite got the placket right. (pre-blog) This really bugged me and I wanted to give it another go as I really liked the pattern. For this one I had a rather special Liberty fabric - Travelling Threads which I had purchased last summer, so the pressure was on to get it right.
I hope you can see the detail - there are bikes, jeeps, boats - all sorts of vehicles and dapplings of little red, mauve, yellow and teal flowers. This is my first time using Liberty Tana Lawn so I was a bit in trepidation. After I washed it and hung it on the line and went to iron it I found there was actually a tear in it. It was a particularly breezy day but still I didn't think it would be quite so delicate. It is also extremely light weight so I can totally see the attraction with sewists who reside in hotter climates than Northern Ireland. It was, however, a dream to cut and sew with.
To be honest I don't know where I went wrong with my first Banksia, maybe I've just got a bit more experience now, but this one went together very easily and I love the way the placket came together - I did the totally enclosed, slightly more tricky placket and it turned out great. I also used Liberty buttons that I had in a button box so even managed to surpass my phobia of button- holing. yea!
I think on me it is ever so slightly long and I might take it up an inch or two - I suppose it depends on the way I will wear it.
As regard Liberty Tana Lawn, the proof is definitely in the wearing - it is just lovely to wear, so soft, comfortable, light and gorgeous. If we get a heat wave in County Antrim, I will definitely be buying more!
I have managed to keep Me-Made-May going (I was determined to) and actually I can't believe how quickly it has gone.
Here are Day 15-21
|Grainline Archer shirt.|
|April Rhodes Staple Dress|
|Papercut Ensis Tee|
|Tilly & the Buttons Coco Dress|
|Merchant & Mills Camber top.|
|Tessuti Mandy Boat Tee|
|Maria Denmark Birgitte Tee and Tessuti Laura Pants (with concertina pocket)|