Monthly Archives: May 2020

another elliot sweater

With a goal in mind of sewing items of clothing that will fit during my pregnancy, and also after my pregnancy, I couldn’t go past sewing up a cosy Elliot Sweater.

I have a few versions of this pattern already (see here and here), but I wanted to try it out in a fabric that had a bit more body.

I had some 100% organic cotton fleece-backed jersey leftover from my White Russian Jumper a few years ago. There really wasn’t much of it left, but I had to believe that I could make it work.

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I was going to have to piece together the tops of the sleeves, and I had to settle on a rather short collar.

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I had just enough fabric! The collar turned out a bit like a funnel-neck, which I really enjoy! To make the patch job on the sleeves stand out, I added some gold holographic thread in a diamond pattern. It looks beautiful in real life but is absolutely impossible to capture on my iPhone.

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I’m just over 20 weeks pregnant at the moment, and this jumper fits like a dream. It’s oversized enough to fit my growing belly without looking like a sack.

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This is such a versatile pattern, I’m certain that it will get a lot of wear now, and also after the baby comes.

GARMENT DETAILS

  • Pattern brand/name/number: Elliot Sweater by Helen’s Closet
  • Style/size: View A, size large
  • Fabric: 100% organic cotton fleece-backed jersey from my stash, originally from The Remnant Warehouse
  • Notions: Gütermann thread 310 (navy), Gütermann Sulky CA 02776 (gold holographic)
  • Modifications/alterations:
    • Pieced the fabric together so I had enough to cut the sleeves
    • Used a much shorter collar than written, due to the lack of fabric

As much as I love the detailing on the shoulders, I managed to snap three of the gold threads when I was taking it off. There is no give with that thread, and to save the overall look being a bit scruffy, I may have to remove all the stitching.

Do you have any pattern suggestions for maternity wear? Let me know in a comment!

Mitty x

mothers day aprons

Tessuti recently released a free apron pattern, and I instantly knew that it would make a great Mother’s Day present for two very special Mums in my life.

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I made this apron for my Mum. I managed to use the very last bits of fabric I had leftover from my Yanta overalls and the floor pouf.

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I love the way the apron crosses over in the back. It’s very simple to get on and off, once you’ve done it a few times.

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This “HEAR ME ROAR” label from Kylie & The Machine was the perfect addition to the roomy front pocket.

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And here’s my Mum, wearing her new apron! She loved it so much, she said she didn’t want to get it dirty!

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The second apron I made was for my Mother In Law. Red is very much her colour, and I knew this would really suit her.

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About 2 years ago, I hemmed one of her dresses, and I kept the lace scrap that was cut off. It was the perfect shade of red for the apron, so I hand stitched it to the front.

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There was a decent amount of patching needed for this apron. I didn’t have enough fabric to cut it all at once, so I had to join bits together as I went. As you can see, I didn’t have enough for the straps, so I ended up using a red checked fabric that actually came from the shirt my now-husband was wearing when we first met!

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Patched pocket and “DREAM BIG” label from KATM.

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My Mother In Law loves her new apron, she didn’t take it off all day and insisted she would only wear it when cooking for special dinner parties!

GARMENT DETAILS

  • Pattern brand/name/number: Tessuti Apron Pattern by Tessuti Fabrics
  • Style/size: One size
  • Fabric: Blue and white striped cotton which was once a pair of curtains, purchased from my local op-shop. Red drill-like fabric that has been in my stash for years, lace from my Mother In Law’s dress, and red check cotton fabric cut from my husbands’ old shirt
  • Notions: Labels from Kylie & The Machine, matching thread
  • Modifications/alterations: 
    • None, other than patching together the red fabric

Now I think it’s time to make one of these aprons for myself!

Mitty x