Thursday, April 19, 2018

a different sort of SWAP

in which our plucky heroine indulges herself...

I just plain love wardrobe planning, there is something so very satisfying about figuring out how to make a chart or diagram to view the data. Over the course of the winter my sense was that I have plenty of pinafores, and enough knit tops to get through at least another winter. I am sorely lacking in popover dresses which are my summertime staple, and even more sorely lacking in garments for the transitional seasons, with springtime barking at my heels even as we speak:

pinafores 4 1 1 1 1 (1)
woven tops - - - - - -
knit tops 4 2 1 1 - -
dresses - - - - - -
popovers 2 1 + (1) - 1 - -
cropped pants 1 - 1 1 - -
slips 1 - - 1 - (1)
jacket/cardigan 1 - - 1 - 1
Based on this chart, it is obvious that what is most needed is an assortment of dresses, which can be worn both under pinafores if the weather is cool, and on their own until it gets beastly hot. Even better, making up some everyday dresses will use some of the printed cottons that I have in stash, and as I have a TNT dress pattern it will be fairly easy to accomplish. This will be my focus for my personal sewing for the next while... I have some indigo stripey batik cotton, some indigo pin-striped cotton, some grey/white stripey cotton, as well as some black/grey/blue stripe cotton, all of which will make good everyday dresses. I also have the indigo batik rayon popover dress already cut out from my stalled SWAP 2108...

My stretch goal, as always, is to, if I have the mojo, dive back into an attempt at a woven top/blouse, button front shirt. I have a new pattern to try, the Cashmerette Harrison blouse, which is designed for "curvy" women of size, and has bust options up to H cup. Looking at the pattern, it seems hopeful that I may have better luck than I did with my attempt at the Tabula Rasa top last year. And, the pattern comes with a very thorough instruction book that covers a number of the details of how to successfully assemble the details of sleeve placket and stand collar for a very shirt-like effect.


  1. That Harrison shirt looks so great on the model. With all that seam lines to adjust the fit, and the tidy sleeve, I think this will look great on you. Something about a crisp collar, especially on a striped shirt, that conveys an energetic look, in my opinion.

    1. Looking at the measurements of the pattern, and at the shapes of the pattern pieces, my hope is that a number of the alterations I normally struggle with are already included in the design, and that the ones that are simple, will, as you say, be easy to spread over the many princess seam lines. I have several TNT patterns for knit tops and suchlike, but for me the holy grail is a button front woven shirt...