Market Blouse and some haul

I finished up my second attempt at the Market Blouse during the week. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.

Pattern: Sew Lisette (Simplicity) 2211, Market Blouse, View E.

Material: Cotton by Tilda, 1m. I think it was about 150cm wide because I have some decent-sized scraps left over. I got it from Rubanesque, they had it marked down to €20/m. Pricey, no?!

The sleeves are a bit snug but not uncomfortable. If I were making it again I would probably add a little big extra to the sleeve band. I made pleats this time instead of gathers and it worked out much, much better. They were tricky enough because I still had to ease the pleat in with the sleeve cap but I got them to work in the end.

The pattern is extremely short. I added 3cm to the length and sewed a much narrower hem than recommended and it is still on the short side! But it’s still comfortable and I’m looking forward to wearing it a lot.

Quick follow-up on the muslin blouse: I finished it off to a point where I could try the fit properly. Unfortunately, I have the same problem as always with too much fabric at the shoulders and too tight across the bust. I am going to draft my own pattern, it’s the only sensible solution!

I hit up the Knitting and Stitching Show on Thursday. I only went for the morning as I was working a little later in the afternoon. I really enjoyed all the exhibitions. It was in the Simmonscourt hall this time, which meant more space for the exhibitions and many more watering holes! I got some new 2ply from Studio Donegal at This is Knit, some plutolopi (an icelandic yarn) from The Yarn Room, and a new sewing pattern from Pippa Blue – I did my best to support my favourite Irish locals! It was great to see other Irish yarn shops there and well-populated too. Most of the fabric stalls were aimed at quilting and patchworking but I did manage to find one selling regular fabric, Fabrics Galore. Their prices were quite normal so I decided to invest while I had the selection and the opportunity. Here’s what I came away with:

Indigo denim, enough for a pleated skirt. A compulsory wardrobe staple.

Natural brushed cotton, 3m – enough for a pair of pyjamas. It was €4/m and I have failed to find a normal (ie, not for babies) flannel in Dublin. I think I will use some of my Tilda scraps to make accent cuffs.

The one I couldn’t walk away from. I looked at it twice and kept coming back to it. 100% pure wool, very soft and finely woven. Enough for a dress and a skirt I think. My mum suggested a pinafore. I know!

The bottom one is a simple dotty cotton for a top or a blouse. I may have been making up for my disappointment that Ikea didn’t have any more of the blue-with-red-dots fabric when I went back that time. The top one is a Liberty print and was my impulse buy of the day. They had a floaty shift dress made up out this print at the stand and I was swayed. Enough, obviously, for a dress.

Some haul, right? It was a really good show. The exhibitions were inspiring, I got lots of information for sewing classes, the stands were of relevant and interesting variety, I got stuff I wouldn’t easily be able to buy otherwise. I hope that if you went, you had as good a time as I had!

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