This is going to be a ‘twofer’ post (two-fer-one), mostly because these are patterns you’ve seen before but in another guise. First up, another Kimono top.

Pattern: Kimono top from Salme. I made it before in chiffon here and delicious Liberty lawn here.

Fabric: 1m of lace from Hickey’s. I bought this about a year ago with a view to making a lace collar for a dark blouse but never got around to it. I have a feeling that I bought a metre of it because it was on sale.

Due to its transparency, I didn’t want to use the facings given in the pattern, but I wasn’t able to use my rolled hem foot, either, because the fabric was too thick. So, I had a bit of a dilemma. I tried putting some cream bias binding on the neckline and folding it to the inside but the colour didn’t work very well. I left it to one side for a while and the next time I was in town, I picked up some ivory grosgrain. I used it to face the neckline and the armholes; I think it worked well.

Other than that, it was a straight-forward make. I am a little annoyed that I didn’t think to use french seams but it’s not a deal-breaker.

The other project is yet another bias skirt! I first made it last summer in an unlined polka-dot here and then for winter in a black plaid here. I have gotten a tonne of wear out of both so when I saw this pink, small check, linen, it popped into my mind.

Fabric: 1.5m of linen from Murphy Sheehy’s, something like €15. Lined with ‘Bomull’ cotton from Ikea, €2 (everytime I go to Ikea, I get some of it because it’s great for making muslins). I wanted to line it with a natural fibre for comfort in warmer weather.

Pattern: Bias Skirt from One Yard Wonders.

Obviously, I did not need all of that linen for this little skirt. I made a matching top with the leftovers; you’ll see it soon.

I did the same thing as for the wool version I made and lined: I sewed a 6/8″ ‘hem’ from the top but didn’t close it up, and used it as casing for the elastic.

I wore this a number of times during our mini-heatwave last week (no tights, sandals, no jacket… I find it hard to believe as I sit here swathed in woolly socks, jumper and shawl). Hope you all enjoyed the long weekend. Mostly I caught up on some sleep and housework, thrilling stuff!

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