A puff sleeve ruffle dream!

Oh my goodness, when Friday Pattern Company released the Sagebrush top recently I was crushing hard on the puff sleeves and the ruffles.

I haven’t made anything with puff sleeves for myself before (I made a Pennywise Halloween costume for my step-daughter), but have always wondered how it would look on me and let me tell you, I am obsessed. It’s perfect for my pear-shaped body type because it creates a balance in relation to my wider hips. I’m definitely going to be experimenting more with this style and the Sagebrush is begging to be hacked into a dress and I need one in every colour, of course.

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Pattern: Friday Pattern Company Sagebrush Top // Size: Medium // Fabric: Soft Cotton with Polka Dots from Fabric World // Thread: Mettler Metrosene 100% Polyester Thread from Bernina // Sewing Machine: Bernina B535 // Overlocker: Bernina 1300MDC

The Sagebrush is begging to be hacked into a dress and I need one in every colour!

I’ve had this gorgeous soft cotton with subtle polka dot detail in my stash for a couple of years and I was so delighted to discover that the two meters I had was just enough for the Sagebrush top. I knew this would be perfect for this style and I can see myself getting a lot of wear out of this top.

The colder season is upon us here in the southern hemisphere and Cape Town has been hit with a cold front for the past few days. This top was was done and ready for a shoot last week already, but I kept putting off the shoot because of the cold weather. All I wanted to do was stay in my warm PJs. Nonetheless, I finally plucked up the courage to brave the cold and even though I was freezing my butt off in this photoshoot, it was totally worth it, because look how adorable I look, especially considering that I didn’t even bother to do my make-up (except for a li’l mascara)!

The Sagebrush top was such a satisfying make. It was so simple to put together. I bet if I didn’t do the whole slow sewing thing, I could easily whip this up in an evening. I’m a huge fan of Friday Pattern Company, their patterns are so cleverly drafted and result is always amazing.

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This is my first digital sketch using Adobe Illustrator and it turned out pretty decent, I must say! I had so much fun doing this illustration and getting to know the software.
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I tore the knees of these jeans a few years ago when I stuck my foot into the leg and heard that dreaded ripping sound. I mended and mended these, but they just wouldn’t last. After listening to a recent Love to Sew podcast episode about mending, I was intrigued by the Sashiko technique.

I didn’t have any embroidery thread to be able to do it by hand, so I simply unpicked the side seam of my jeans leg, added a scrap piece of similar denim to stabilize the back area, chose a pretty embroidery stitch on my sewing machine and sewed some vertical and horizontal lines at random until it covered the whole knee area. I’m so happy with how it turned out!

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