Jeepers, is it already the end of August? Here in BC one of the stores, Staples plays a Christmas tune “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” , in anticipation of students returning to school. I always laugh at the sentiment, then breathe a sigh of relief that my son is grown and independent.
Regardless of the reason to sew, it seems the autumnal weather will soon be upon us, so I cut up some lovely brushed poly I had been hoarding to be a maxi dress. It somehow craved to be a tunic for the transitional weather.
I haven’t made the Cross Hem Tee before, though it’s another one of those easily sewn wardrobe staples. It comes with varying length sleeves; mine are 2″ longer than short, then I added a contrast band for a little extra weight. I added 2″ to the body length, resulting in a bum hugging tunic (winter warmth!). The cross hem is in a coordinating white fabric, which in retrospect could have been heavier as it tends to roll a little. I did debate double top-stitching but my needle had a divorce and believe me, unpicking burgundy thread from white knit fabric isn’t all fun and games – hence the wine – pardon the pun!
I really like that I didn’t need a full bust adjustment and there isn’t any overt stretching over my bust. The pattern is made with negative ease (meaning the final measurements are smaller than mine), and I call this fabric ‘good day’ fabric. It is likely there will be days when all my lumps and bumps will show; not a good day nor a pretty thought. As such I will pick and choose when I wear this top. It is so supremely comfortable though that I’m tempted to cut the “huggly” bits a size larger to enable it for bad days as well. I’ve see it made it as a nightshirt paired with the Parisian Night Pants. Both patterns are free with codes found in the Winter Wear Designs FaceBook Group.
I can see several of them making it into my suitcase next month when we go on holidays. Let’s hope they all manage to come home with me!
While I am at the end of the Tour here are the links if you’d like to read back about the lovely things that have been featured this week.