Monday, December 23, 2019

A Couple of Seamwork Brits

Hello and Happy Holidays! I thought I'd record a few recent makes before the end of the year. 

I had to go to Harrisburg for work the first week of December and noticed that I didn't have a lot of long-sleeve knit tops, so I whipped up a couple the day before I left. (What IS that all about? The last-minute frantic sewing before a trip!) Anyway, I decided I wanted something a little closer fitting and slightly more upgraded (i.e., less like a t-shirt) and have been eyeing the Seamwork Brit dress, which is a cute, not-too-body-con, knit dress with bishop sleeves. I just shortened the pattern to make tops instead of dresses. 

For the second version, I added a channel and elastic for something different. I ended up not loving that, though, so now the channel is gone. 

I think this pattern has a lot of possibilities. I'm not a talented hacker, but I could see how it wouldn't be hard to make the sleeves more dramatic or add a ruffle or make it into a maxi. In fact, if anything, I think I would add some volume to the sleeves. As is, it's a little middle-of-the-road, but it makes for a good basic top. The neckline is turned under like the Tacara, which keeps it in the "nice top appropriate for work" category for me; however, I've never been able to do a nice job turning under with bamboo rayon, so the wine-colored version has a t-shirt band. 

I know my modeling pics are not what's bringing you to the blog, but I feel I have to offer an extra apology for what I'm posting here. It's an all-black ensemble, in my dark hotel room in Harrisburg. But maybe it helps to get a sense of scale or if you're similarly built to me...

Just a few details for the Brit tops:
  • Size 18
  • Black top is made with a linen/poly knit from Blackbird that's been in my stash for ages. It's JUST opaque enough to wear and the drape is soft and light—excellent for layering. It's my favorite of the two. 
  • Wine-colored top is a bamboo rayon from Blackbird. 
In other sewing-related news, I made another set of CCP Carolyn pajamas in leopard flannel I picked up from SF Fabric Outlet for 4.70 per yard during a 50% off sale. I absolutely LOVE wearing them. Sewing flannel is a dream—my first time, I think. For modification details, please see my previous PJ post. The only change I made was a bit of a cheat: Since the top slips easily over my head, I skipped the buttonholes and sewed the buttons through all the layers. 

Well, that's it for now. I hope to have one more post before the end of the year. Have a very happy holiday. Wishing everyone peace and love. Cheers!


  1. Merry Christmas! Your Carolyn PJs look extra snuggly, I love that print.

    1. Thanks, Siobhan! I'm going to live in them this week. Cheers!