French fabric sewn in Warrnambool


I brought this medium-heavy weight Lithuanian linen on a @stitchingupparis tour on 23 September 2017.  I remember the happy day very well, but I did have to look up my Instagram post to be able to share the exact date with you!


Nearly three years after purchasing the fabric souvenir, I sewed it up while holidaying in Warrnambool with Sharon and our girls in between lockdowns.  It was our fourth annual trip, and this year, more than ever, we were so so so happy to be able to be together for the week.


I took my sewing machine on our holiday (not my overlocker), so Pauline Alice’s Diago Blouse was the perfect choice for a holiday sew.  Hello french seams!


I did push the friendship with the fabric weight and french seams… but some careful grading in places, and the top stitching of seam allowances to the back of the garment, meant the project stayed on track.


This is my second Diago Top (see first here) and it’s definitely a favourite pattern on mine.  The boxy style with a grown on sleeve means that it’s quite the fabric eater and requires at least 140cm, but in my opinion, it’s totally worth it.


I find that the heavier linen and 3/4 sleeves makes for a great top for those days with cool mornings that turn into warm days.


Pattern:  Pauline Alice Sewing Patterns’ Diago Blouse (PDF only)
Size:  40
Fabric:  Deep stash Lithuanian linen purchased in Paris in Sept 2017
Alterations:  3/8″ (1cm) forward shoulder adjustment and I pressed the shoulder seam allowances to the back and top-stitched them in place
Outfit:  Jeans from Witchery, Épice scarf from Scarlet Jones and shoes from Manteau Noir
Photo Location:  Warrnambool


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