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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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Friday, November 11, 2016

Esme top and me

Well a bit of catch up to do here.

First a bit of news.

One reason I have been AWOL is I have been getting a new project set-up, specifically a book I will be writing for C&T Publications, on you guessed it, sewing. This will take some time, but as this is my favourite subject I am enjoying this process.  Stay tuned.

And of course I have been actually sewing too.

I had a brief flash of remembering I need to make more basics, so I went back to my Stylearc Esme top that I had made sleeveless, and made one with sleeves, because it is pretty clear to me that summer is more or less over.

I like this top but think it is worth another go with the neckline pulled in. I have one of those scrawny necks and the '50s rolled collar is a little wide. I think it is worth moving this neckline in and may make another one soon to do this.

It is interesting to me that Stylearc seems to understand my lower body, pants fit in particular, perfectly but the tops require fitting adjustments always. I make the pants in a 12 and the tops in 10 but these tops still strike me as a bit wide.  I will have to work out a formula for this for this pattern line:

In the meantime here is the long sleeved Esme with my Stylerc Margaret pants:

The back neck, one of the nice features of this top

See you can see my bra strap slightly, got to bring in that neckline

Full view, interesting that the sleeves are narrow relative to the body - I know this is a style issue but also also common in the draft

The high low here on the top is quite flattering, I am also figuring out that a firmer fabric like this ponte is better for stomach disguise purposes than a clingy knit. Only took me about 40 years to figure that out.

Now off I go. Some Serious Christmas sewing underway, but now I have some of my other business straight in my head there will more more regular blogging, so brace yourselves.


Anonymous said...

Excellent news about the book!

The top does look a little like it is swamping you, maybe partly unused to seeing you in such a somber solid? Or maybe that's just me.....


Angela said...

Oh, a book sounds wonderful - do keep us updated!

sewingkm said...

Wow - a sewing book written by my favorite writer. This sounds like a match made in heaven! Cute top and very flattering. Karen

Catherine p said...

So excited you're finally writing the book!

Top neck of the top is a little wide but still looks good on you.

Sandra Thwaites said...

Congrats on the book deal. I need no more sewing books, but I will buy anything you write.

Anonymous said...

I find style arc can be a bit wide,but sometimes it is the look they use. The Esme in the line drawing is a bit boxy looking I believe. It appears that you need to do a full bust adjustment. That out to take take care of it.

Karen Lyon said...

I blame the Daisy walking. Some serious lower body muscles going on there. The upper body is regulation thin. Guiding fabric through the machine does not add appreciably to upper body strength. For that, you need some very advanced pressing with those really old irons that take a lot of muscle to lift. Good luck with the bvds. Looks like you are getting fit sorted quickly, depending on stretch and recovery.
A sewing book is an excellent idea.
You have years of material to draw on, and can walk people through what actually is an advance in the art of sewing, and what is a slipshod way of doing things. Sometimes knowing why you need to do things makes all the difference.

Sandra O'Leary said...

Oh I can't wait for your book. My favourite blogger and a fellow Nova Scotian to boot!
Love your undies. I have always wanted to try to make mine and now that I have seen yours and read your post I am going to give it a try.
I do love your top, the colour looks good on you.

Catherine Edwards said...

I recently made an Esme myself and I found the arms twisted forward. I was trying to figure out how to fix this but I notice in your photo that the arms are twisting forward on you as well. Do you know what is causing this and how to prevent it? (I made this pattern because I really liked the collar, which I do, and I think your collar looks great too.)

Barbara said...

Catherine I am pretty sure that sleeve twist is a result of the fact the sleeves are an extension of a cap sleeve, which makes them sort of a dolman, not a real sleeve with a fitted cap that accommodates the fact shoulder at the front has a curve to it. That natural curve, exaggerated if you have a forward rotating shoulder like I do will pull more fabric to the front making the twist. Not much you can do about it. Just another reminder that boxy shapes do pull in places on rounded bodies. This is my best thought hope it is helpful.

Catherine Edwards said...

Thank you. I'm glad to hear that it's a function of that type of sleeve on a rounded shoulder. I've been thinking lately of just avoiding this kind of boxy shape. I get the same problem on raglan sleeves, which I guess is the same issue.