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I am a mother, a new grandmother, and a teacher. But whatever happens in my life, I keep sewing. I have worked as a political communicator and now as a teacher in my formal life. I have also written extensively on sewing. I have been a frequent contributor and contributing editor of Threads magazine and the Australian magazine Dressmaking with Stitches. My first book Sew.. the garment-making book of knowledge will be published in May 2018 and is available for pre-order from Amazon


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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Jane top : Loud version one

Here in all it's retro glory is the 3/4 sleeve Jane top from Stylearc with proper fusible interfacing in the collar. It stands out a bit, but I have not pressed it as well as I should have maybe because I am waiting until I get home and can serge the back neck seam to tack down the facings.

I never, never put back neck facings in shirts and blouses. To me they are just a huge mistake invention - devised only to cover the back neck seam allowance and as such all that interfacing and stitching and finishing is overkill. All it gives you is bumps and things that don't lay right around your neck.

Who needs that?

I have tried all the alternatives and have decided that simply serging the collar seam along the back neck makes the smoothest and very durable product.

The fused collar went well and is very much crisper than the 1890 version done entirely with sew-in. 

Since it was all I had I also fused the same interfacing to the blouse facings and decided a shirt collar and cuff interfacing was too stiff at the front of a blouse for me, particularly when this means two layers, one for each facing. I have often used different interfacings in different areas of a garment and in future would probably use this fusible for the collar itself and go with the softer sew-in for the facings. I think that would make a front that felt less intrusive to me.

My other thought was this loud retro quilting cotton suits me. I thought when I bought it that the scale of the print was too big. But I can see that I am not a small person and this works as a garment. In fact I can see that some of my prints that I am less than crazy about when I make them up are just too small scale on me.

At any rate I can feel a theme coming on where I end up wearing kitchen curtain patterned shirts all year to teach. Bet I would be the only teacher to do that.

This definitely would be one of your DIY wardrobe options.

The colours are brighter actually in real life than in this interior picture but I really like this shirt. I will be making many more, probably too because until the Stylearc order arrives here - it is my only pattern.

Cool eh?


Alison said...

I love it. I think it looks FAB on you!

velosewer said...

This is 'cool' and it does suit you.

Jodie said...

It's awesome!

Far said...

We all need colors in our lives and this is super lovely on you and make me smile :)

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

What a bright and bold print! You can't feel anything but happiness wearing this shirt.

shams said...

The print definitely works on you. It's fun and quirky, which suits your personality. :)

Mary said...

I think this is a wonderful shirt-and the print is perfect on you!

a little sewing said...

I love it! The print suits you well.

KathyS said...

I love it! The colours and scale of the print suit you perfectly.