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Double feature: eucalypt and mabel


Today I’m revealing a couple of separates I’m really proud of. I didn’t really intend for them to match, as I had cut them both out on separate occasions, and only decided to put them together when an indie pattern contest was announced over at the Monthly Stitch. Here are the Eucalypt top from Megan Nielsen and the Mabel skirt from Colette Patterns. I am really enthusiastic about these two pieces for a number of reasons. First, they are both incredibly easy to sew. I took my sweet time, sewing in 15-30 minute bursts and finished in a few days, but you could easily make one of these in an afternoon from start to finish. The only notion you need is thread! Second, they fit quite well. And third, they are super comfortable, yet look quite chic.

Vandaag krijgen jullie twee voor de prijs van een! Een topje en een rok. Toevallig passen ze goed bij elkaar. De top is de Eucalypt van Megan Nielsen en de rok is de Mabel van Colette Patterns. Ik ben heel enthusiast over deze kledingstukken voor een aantal redenen. Ten eerst, zijn ze allebei heel makkelijk te naaien. Ik heb rustig de tijd genomen om deze af te maken. 15-30 minuten hier en daar en toen was ik in een paar dagen klaar. Maar die kan je waarschijnlijk makkelijk in een middag maken.  Het enige fournituren die je nodig heb is draad! Ten tweede, ze passen mij heel goed. En als laatste, zijn ze SUPER comfortabel! Maar zien er chic uit.


For the Eucalypt top, I chose a polyester crepe from my stash that’s about 12 years old. It’s a really beautiful fabric, and has a really nice feel and drape to it. I was really happy with the fit of Megan Nielsen’s briar top, so I cut out the same size (M). However, as I mentioned in my previous post, I lost a bit of weight as of late, so I probably could have gone with a size S. However, I am not unhappy with the fit. Because of the drape, it skims the body quite nicely. I made matching bias tape, which was the most horrible part of the whole process because this stuff does NOT want to press. Thankfully, it at least creases, so it wasn’t a complete disaster. I attached it from the inside and topstitched it on the outside, which is good practise for me because I haven’t sewn for a while. The rest went together practically within minutes, as there are only 5 seams (or 4 if you leave out the CF seam), and a narrow hem.

Ik heb polyester crepe gekozen voor de Eucalypt die ongeveer 12 jaar oud is. Het is heel mooi en heeft een mooi structuur. Ik was erg tevreden over de pasvorm van Megan Nielsen’s Briar topje, dus ik heb de zelfde maat uitgeknipt. Heelaas (erm, eigenlijk niet heelaas…) ben ik wat afgevallen, dus ik had waarschijnlijk voor maat S moeten kiesen. Maar het valt niet echt op en ik vind het niet zo erg. Ik heb bias tape van hetzelfde stof gemaakt, maar dat was geen pretje! Dit stof wil echt niet goed blijven gevouwen. Ik heb het van binnenstebuiten genaaid. De topstitching was een goed oefening want ik heb best wel lang niks gemaakt. Maar de rest ging heel snel! Er zijn maar 5 naden en een kleine zoom.


As for the Mabel skirt, I had already made a (wearable) muslin and decided that I wanted to have it sit closer to my natural waist. I think I took out about 1.5cm from the center back and graded out to the backside. I also added about 3cm to the length so it would fall at the same place as the muslin. I really like the final result. It is made out of a neutral-coloured ponte knit. Ponte is a perfect match for this pattern. My only complaint is that it doesn’t leave much to the imagination. I.e.  you can see the outline of my underwear and tucked-in top. In that way, the center front seam wasn’t necessarily the best choice for this combination, as you can see the line. But it’s not enough to stop me from wearing this combo! It’s just too perfect together.

Ik had al een proef rok gemaakt voor de Mabel en ik had besloten dat ik de ceintuur hoger moest zitten. Ik heb ongeveer 1,5cm ingenomen achter. Ik heb het ook daarom 3cm langer gemaakt. Ik ben zeer tevreden met het resultaat. Deze rok is van ponte jersey gemaakt. Dit patroon is er zeer geschikt voor.  Mijn enige klacht is dat je alles kunt zien, voornamelijk  mijn onderbroek…. Wat dat betreft staat de middelste naald van Eucalypt niet zo mooi in de rok gestopt.  


While I prefer the look tucked-in, it also looks pretty good tucked out.

(I have no idea what the translation of tucked-in and tucked-out are in Dutch, sorry)


A bombardment of stashbusting briars Part 3 of 3

Welcome to part 3 of my stashbusting briars. If you want to make your own, order the briar pattern here.


Version 3: Short sleeves

Get ready for a few crazy photos. I think I got tired of ‘normal’ posing by the last top.






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A bombardment of stashbusting briars Part 2 of 3

Welcome to part 2 of my stashbusting briars. If you want to make your own, order the briar pattern here.


Version 2: 3/4 length sleeves

For this version, I added 3cm to the length. I had added 2cm to the long sleeved one, but I wanted to make the hem a bit wider, thus the extra centimeter. I’m not crazy about the neckline facing in this one, not the facing itself but just the way it drapes on me. I like the one on the long sleeved one better, which I did with a needle.


briar 1-4


The unflattering but necessary back view.


I think I was channeling Amanda from Bimble and Pimble in this one.

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A bombardment of stashbusting briars Part 1 of 3

I am sitting on the couch in a ray of sunshine and I can barely see my computer screen but I don’t care! Even though the temperatures are low, the sun offers a promise that spring is around the corner if I’m just a wee bit patient.


Briar is definitely my favourite pattern at the moment. I only had time to make one in February for the sewalong, but now that I have a bit more time, I’ve been whipping them up like nobody’s business!

They probably take about 2 hours in total (a little more than two episodes of your favourite show) to make, including cutting out the fabric. There are only 4 pieces: a front, a back, and two sleeves, and because it’s made of jersey fabric, there’s no need for zippers. The only zipping you’re doing is zipping through this project!

I don’t have a serger, so I used a zigzag stitch for the seams and then trimmed them down to about 0.7cm (half of the seam allowance). And the hems were done with a twin needle. This is a must for sewing with jersey/knit fabric in my humble opinion!

The only other thing I’d say is to PRESS THOSE SEAMS AND HEMS. It’s recommended in the instruction booklet, and you should take it to heart.  I kept coming out with wavy hems, for example. I stretched them out a bit, then pressed them, and the tops look just like they came off a rack.

I’ve broken this post into 3 parts, one for each version of the briar. The other two are 3/4 sleeve and short sleeves.


Version 1: long sleeves

For this version, I added 2 cm to the length of the top and I finished the neckline with a twin needle, just like with the hems.

briar2-1 velvet truffle





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