Regular readers know that I love Japanese patterns, I’m fond of sewing the same pattern multiple times and raglan sleeves have a special place in my heart. It’s therefore not surprising that I’m sharing another version of the Basic Pattern from Lesson Two from Aoi Koda’s Pattern Lessons for Autumn and Winter Wear with you today.
Part of my love of using the same pattern multiple times is using different fabrics. My first version was sewn in some dreamy Merchant & Mills linen, this time a crispy cotton shirting was my fabric of choice.
It’s lucky that I really like this fabric as I have lots of it. Do you want to hear the story?
Cottage Industry Store had a rare studio sale in Fitzroy last month and I popped along to rummage through the box of vintage silk scarves and to check out the fabric on offer. There were rolls of fabric, but I focused my attention on the large table piled with neatly folded pieces tied up with string. Gosh… ‘tied up with string’ take me straight to Maria singing ‘These are my favourite things’ in the Sound of Music!
I digress… I was immediately drawn to the grey/green base and the bright colours in the floral pattern. It’s an unusual mix, but it works for me. I quickly decided this fabric was coming home with me. The bundle was a little heavier than I expected for cotton shirting, but I didn’t give it a lot of thought and purchased it for next to nothing. When I got home, I discovered why the bundle was so heavy… the fabric was 150cm wide and around 15m long! Yes, that’s a lot of fabric.
I’m still enjoying all the little details that this pattern offers. In particular, the darted raglan sleeves, the elasticised front hem, and the button detail on the back neck opening.
I’m sure your not surprised to hear that I’m not done with this pattern yet. I see a Liberty version in my near future!
I’m also keen to hear your thoughts on what I can make with all my left over fabric. Should I make matching outfits for the whole family in true von Trapp style? Yes, another Sound of Music reference! On that note…
Pattern: The Basic Pattern from Lesson Two from Aoi Koda’s Pattern Lessons for Autumn and Winter Wear
Fabric: Cotton Shirting purchased at Cottage Industry Store’s studio sale
Alterations: Added 2″ (5cm) the length. Lowered the neckline by 3/8″ (1 cm). Removed 2″ from the length of the sleeves.
Accessories: Antique green beads & shoes from Habbot