While I have come nowhere near to one hour a day for seven days, I have at least pushed myself to the front of the queue and sewn something for myself this Selfish Sewing Week.
After having introduced you to the Maille Merveilleuse from Mamzelle Fourmi with my Coco dress, here's the long sleeved Metro T I've been dreaming of making all winter...
But before we can have any pictures of me, the lighting-test-subject-fairy had to wave her wand in approval.
Thank you fairy, it's my show now:
The top is the Liesl & Co Metro T. This time I went down a size to a straight L, as I was making something that was more for winter weather, and this thicker knit could afford to be a bit closer to me. Actually I would like to wrap myself in about five layers of this stuff and hibernate throughout winter like some larva in a cocoon! It is sooooo soft and lovely.
This pattern is a pretty great fit for me straight out of the packet. The top length is perfect and how about those sleeves! Nothing added there for my gorilla-esque arms. (for my own record I needed 10cm added to the SBCC Tonic 2)
Here's the change up I did make. Instead of a neckband, I cut a front and back facing and then made a keyhole opening in the back. The inspiration was from this top I spied on Kollabora which in turn was a copy of a Petit Bateau top. I adore that one but I have such a surplus of navy/white striped tops but no taupe and spotty ones, until now!
The ribbon was a gift from Mamzelle Fourmi along with my order. I LOVE it when a fabric shop does that. There were two little bags of fabric swatches, this ribbon and some purple cord that co-ordinates with the pockets on my Coco. I hadn't initially planned to use this fabric for the top idea, but when the right ribbon was already there, it seemed like it was destined to be.
I probably could have made my opening more cup shaped and less of a complete circle, but I like it after all, and the good news is there's still enough stretch in the neckhole that I don't have to untie it to put it on or take it off. I tried tying a neat bow upside down behind my neck and no surprise, I'm not very good at it!
It took me a while to get around to making this, so Selfish Sewing Week was just the motivation I needed. Of course, now it's spring, and I'll probably have to put it away for a few months. I imagine that I may have to pat it every once in a while, until autumn comes around and I can wear it again.
It still feels very weird taking photos of myself, but today I was using the older camera body and the remote cord didn't fit so the kids were pressing the button. That made it feel slightly more normal...
But of course they really wanted to get into the pictures. Alright come on in....
Nope, apparently not with me in the way!