Sunday, 20 January 2013

Yalta by Lena Merrin

In early January Lena Merrin  of the sewing space sent out a request for 10 pattern testers. I registered and joined 9 other sewers to test her new pattern - Yalta ladies pattern by Lena Merrin Patterns.
While the Jungle January safari continues,









I hunted through my fabric stash and struck down a Charlie Brown remnant piece I bought at Pitt Trading and made this version. Meryl Streep (out of Africa) wasn't a real fabric hunter but I am.


While Lena's pattern is designed for knits, the grainline goes across the body, so I caught another chiffon print and made a woven jungle version. My curiousity said, why not try it? It's only fabric.

I love this style because it's comfortable in our stinking hot summer weather.
I've never used a downloadable pdf pattern so here's what my pattern pieces look like.
So I shortened the length and took 1.5cm off the shoulder seam. I cut and sewed this blue version in 2 hours. Here's Mum's larger version but still the same length I've made for her birthday. I also want to make a skirt for her too.
Warning: Jungle January is addictive. More jungle pieces are building a health safari collection. I just love the Meryl Streep reference Anne.
PS: I've posted more trench coat references on the right hand column.

16 comments:

theperfectnose said...

These are awesome-I think the blue one is my favourite! And good on you making one for your mum.

I too enjoy making woven patterns out of jersey and vice versa-it makes for interesting effects when the draping qualities of the materials differ somewhat from the original.

Sheila said...

Pretty tops and they look so comfortable.

BeaJay said...

Great tops - all versions are lovely.

gwensews said...

Those are all cute tops. Looks like that pattern is a winner! I loved Meryl in Out of Africa. What a movie!

Alison said...

They look great Maria. My fave is the blue one. :)

Carol said...

Fantastic tops and I love the idea of making it in chiffon. Perfect for this time of year.

Chris Lucas said...

This pattern looks fantastic and so do your versions of it... love the Jungle January prints too! I think this will be a pattern I'll be adding to my collection as well. How exciting to be a pattern tester!

Janine said...

You are on a sewing roll = How lucky to get to test a new creative pattern that is quite different to the usual.

Sharon said...

Very cute tops!

Faye Lewis said...

That made up really pretty.

Cherrypix said...

Wow, that makes up beautifully! I love the b+w, of course!

tigergirl said...

you are an absolute power house! Definately the queen of the jungle.

Dilliander said...

Lovely tops Maria, you are a great value pattern tester! Lena must have designed this with you in mind ;)

coco said...

What great fabric! You look wonderful in jungle style!

Carolyn said...

Lovely tops, and you have given this pattern a real workout! The drape on the front neckline is so lovely :)

redsilvia said...

What a cute top! Thanks for the pattern info too. Noted for future sewing.

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