A modern granny?
I was in Clegs in Brunswick on Easter Saturday with chief enabler Rachel, and her lovely assistants Bree, George, Jane & Kim, and I came home with some pique cotton from the 50% off section. The fabric is quite a departure from my usual style, but I really liked the texture and the structure and I had plans…
For me, the fabric has some granny vibes and I wanted to mix it with a modern style. Enter Simplicity 1366. Both the fabric and pattern came home with my that day (what’s not to love about a 90th birthday sale at Clegs?) and after washing the fabric, tracing the pattern, cutting the fabric, getting dinner, putting children to bed and sewing, I had a new top before my bed-time.
So what is pique? It’s a type of cotton fabric that is characterised by it’s unique raised diamond shaped, and waffle-like, weave. My sewing books tell me that the name pique is derived from the French word piquer meaning ‘to quilt’ and that the fabric is classified as medium-weight.
Fabric lesson over, let’s talk pattern… I can only now fully appreciate why this pattern is loved far and wide. The drop shoulders and relaxed fit are easy to sew and easy to wear. There is not a fastening in sight and I love the half-sleeve look.
For my next version, oh yes there will be a next time, I will experiment with extending the sleeves to 3/4 to keep the Autumn/Winter chill out. This ponti from Tessuti (now sold out) is in my stash and screaming to be s1366.
The end result is a quirky top that’s different to what’s in my current wardrobe, but definitely not out of place.
Enough from me, tell me a little bit about your experiences…
- Do you dabble in fabric with granny vibes?
- Have you made S1366?
- Are you familiar with pique?
- Do you like to to experiment with new-to-you fabric types?
Pattern: Simplicity 1366 (top)
Fabric: Cotton pique from Clegs
Alterations: Lengthen the body by 1 inch (2.5 cm). I like my tops on the shorter side, but I can’t quite come at cropped!
Accessories: Scarf & shoes from Scarlet Jones.