Sadie meets ramie
My second version of Style Arc’s Sadie Tunic was actually my last make of 2017. This top was sewn to be worn to our family lunch on Christmas Day, but then Mr Blogless Anna gifted me the most gorgeous scarf on Christmas morning. The scarf was so gorgeous, that it just had to be worn that day! I therefore I changed my outfit plans and wore my mustard linen Sadie and my new scarf.
The moral of the story… one Sadie just isn’t enough! And to tell you the truth, I’m contemplating more!
How divine is this print? It just drew me in. The colours and those birds!
The fabric was a little opaque so I tried to place the darker parts of the print in the upper chest area. The bird on the front was planned, but the one on the sleeve was a total fluke!
This is a digital print ramie. Ramie isn’t a fibre I’d ever heard of before. Thanks to a chat with the staff at The Cloth Shop and Wikipedia search I’ve learnt: Originating from Asia, ramie is flowering plant in the nettle family and one of the oldest fibre crops known. Many people liken it to linen as it is a strong natural fibre. Ramie is known especially for its ability to hold it’s shape, reduce wrinkling and shrinkage (when blended with other fibres), and introduce a silky lustre to the fabrics appearance. It isn’t as durable as other natural fibres, so it often blended with cotton or wool. Ramie isn’t a widely used as the extraction and cleaning of the fibre is expensive due to the number of steps involved.
And those sleeves, I still adore them!
Pattern: StyleArc’s Sadie Tunic
Fabric: Digital printed ramie from The Coth Shop
Alterations: Removed 3″ (8cm) from the length (to make it a top rather than a tunic) and removed the back closure
Accessories: Necklace a gift from my dear friend Anne and shoes from Zomp (last season)
Photo Location: Footscray Community Art Centre, Melbourne