Autumn leaves with a winter chill

Autumn leaves with a winter chill


Autumn is my favourite season.  I love the changing colours as the leaves turn from green to brown with lots of glorious yellows, reds and oranges in-between.  A palate of colours that makes my heart sing!

Today Ballarat mixed it’s glorious autumn leaves with a definite winter chill.  Let me put it another way… it was so cold I had to apply foundation to the end of my nose before these photos so I wouldn’t be the butt of any Rudolph jokes!


But enough of the small talk about seasons and the weather…  I’m sure you’re more interested in the sewing…


This recently finished garment is another long sleeve version of the Painted Rose Top from Ottobre Design magazine.  This time I further lengthened the sleeves by two inches.  Thank-you to everyone who responded to my request for feedback on the sleeve length of my last version.  There was a strong preference for some tweaking… either slightly shorter or longer… and this time I went with longer and I’m really happy with the result.



The fabric was part of last years Liberty birthday haul that I was lucky enough to purchase in person at Shaukat.  I’m still daydreaming about when I can get back to that shop… to London… to Europe!

I’m unsure of the liberty print name or vintage (where do you find out about these things?) but the fabric has a french navy background with a vibrant red, orange and aqua print that has an oriental feel with a touch of autumn.  Descriptions aren’t my strong point so instead I’ll leave you with my best tree pose…


Pattern:  Painted Rose Top from Ottobre Design magazine Spring/Summer 2/2014
Liberty tana lawn purchased in person from Shaukat.
Sleeves lengthened utilising Grainline Stuido’s Long Sleeved Scout Variation Pattern Tutorial.  The top was shortened by 3 inches near the hem.
Accessories:   The necklace was gifted to me but I have it on good authority it was purchased here.


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