Happy Easter guys! Am over in Sweden visiting family and the sun has been shining for a few days now. I’ve been impatiently waiting for spring for a few weeks already, so it’s nice to at least get a preview…
There are very few patterns that I tend to repeat. The Linden Sweatshirt is definitely one of those patterns (as you must know if you follow my blog…), and the Marthe Blouse from République du Chiffon is shaping up to be another staple. I love the silhouette, and the oversized shape works quite well on my 6ft frame*. Here is my latest ‘spring‘ version. I bought this fabric at Syfestivalen (“the Sewing Festival”) that I went to in Malmö a few weekends ago. It was my first ever sewing event, and I was a bit overwhelmed by the majority of quilting and novelty fabrics… There were however a few really cool stands, including a handicraft association from the south of Sweden focusing on wool embroidery, a glorious stand selling liberty fabrics and vintage patterns (that unfortunately my budget wouldn’t allow) and a a few other nice fabric stands. So in the end I came out of there with this viscose and a plan to make it into another Marthe.
I’ve realised that I generally don’t buy fabric these days without knowing what to make with it. It’s to avoid 1. spending too much money on fabric I don’t need and 2. a strategy that forces me to at least think about what I actually need in my wardrobe. And what I need at the moment are some nice tops that I can wear on a night out without looking like a bum next to my glam looking, RTW buying friends. Enter Marthe.
I made a few adjustments, same as last time. A total of about 5cm added to the length and a shoulder dart to deal with some gaping issues. It really is the easiest make ever.
Finally – a call out for all you other tall sewists out there… What are your favourite patterns? Ones that are particularly flattering for tall people, easy to adjust etc? Are there even patterns out there that come in tall and petite versions?
- Marthe blouse pattern: In my stash
- Viscose fabric: about £30
*Yes I’m a giant. My friends quite frequently call me Hagrid. Or BFG.