Thursday, 3 September 2015

Liberty and Olive

This month I've made two Olive tops from a Liberty print provided by Minerva Crafts. Olive is my favourite peplum with two different sleeves.

The print was my choice to pair with the work gear I've made using Minerva Crafts fabrics this year. It's a strong print and an equally strong cotton fabric.'

I'll say the obvious - Liberty fabric is lovely to sew, wear, wash and iron. It's a real treat for me.


Olive is a work/party peplum from Lolita Patterns that I've tested and sewn before so I knew this would be the pattern for this print would work.
I originally made these tops about 6 weeks ago and in that time I've been doing weights - and it shows through the tightness in the back of these tops.
Oh well. It's back to the drawing board and size up on the next Olive top I make.

Wardrobe collection choice
Working a full time job means I have to make work clothes that work together. The pieces I've been making with the support of Minerva Crafts has helped me develop some easy, tailored pieces that have refreshed my Winter work clothes.
These pieces have green in them and I've tried to bring in strong colours to look cohesive.
I wouldn't have picked a 'floral' with a 'plaid' but I think this experiment has worked for me.
Olive has a pleated peplum that doesn't seem too frivolous, so it's my 'go to work' top.
The cap sleeve version is earmarked for weekend wear. I've taken the cap sleeve pattern from New Look 6808
I'm wearing the cap sleeve version with my Minerva Crafts jeans, made last year.
I made this Liberty fabric go further by using a similar plain fabric for the facings.
The piping adds a bit of interest along the seams and neckline too. 

The dark green piping works well on the cap sleeve version.
The hem of the cap sleeve version is finished with the bias so it will show if I'm reaching for files from a tall shelf etc.
I've got some lovely pieces that have refreshed my Winter work clothes this year.

Unlike a button front shirt, the side zipper on this blouse means, the buttons won't pop open. The side zipper is also easier for me to reach than a zipper on the centre back seam.
This pattern has 3/8" seams so it's an easy pattern to whip up on an overlocker.
So with all those good aspects, I'll keep using this pattern and adjusting the size to suit my changing shape.

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