Winter white

Remnants are a challenge but this time I found an easy solution to reworking this fabric from White Tree Fabrics for Winter.

I put my ‘jigsaw hat’ on and lined up the centre front to turn this fabric into and basic top but with a v-neck option by adding an invisible zipper at the front neckline.

This fabric from White Tree Fabrics has a textured finish so slow sewing was the best way to make sure the machine stitching stayed even.

I originally used this fabric on the centre pieces of my third Outlander outfit so I knew the stretch this fabric provided.

So the decision to use the remaining fabrics for a Winter White top was logical. Here’s how I’ve worn this top (McCalls 4261) to work.

I added a centre back seam for more shaping over my sway back shape.

So on the weekend when it’s a bit colder, I simply zip the neckline up and I’m ‘good to go’.

So I’m really happy to be able to finally have a Winter white top that’s versatile. Thanks White Tree Fabrics.

See spot run

McCalls 4261 has a basic round neck tee pattern and I had some white knit fabric with huge silver spots on it, hence this post.

Melissa and Winnie recently ran the London Marathon. An awesome feat in itself. They both wore outfits that didn’t hinder their efforts but ensured they could be spotted in the crowd. Or at least that’s my take on their running outfits.


This month I’m ran my only half marathon and to distract my training and a dress I’ve working on, I played with this tee. 


The test top is a daywear basic made from this highly textured knit. There’s a matching skirt but that’s another story…

The test top showed me I needed to use the small size for the waist up and medium size for the waist down. The long sleeves are not long enough for me. I think this fabric is a piece I bought at Clear it in Melbourne some time ago. It has no wicking properties at all. It just looks good.

Here’s the short sleeve and long sleeve training versions.

I still have enough of this fabric for a panel on something. 

Before the run my estimated running time was over 2 hours and I finished in 2 hours 18 minutes. After running in the short sleeve top for over 2 hours on a cool day, I could do this again.

The whole time I ran my main concern was to finish and not fall or ‘hitting the wall’. Now to cheer on Kathy in her half marathon later this month.

Oh, while I was recovering this week, I made these three versions post-half marathon because these scrap fabrics were begging to be used. 

Check blue top, brown pleather top and basic blue top

 The blue version was comfy to wear to work this week.

A gorgeous hoodie

I saw a ‘little red riding hood jacket’ with a Steam punk feel for my Minerva Crafts project using McCalls 4261 as the jacket basis.

Worn to work.
Weekend styling


What did I use?


What did I change?

You might notice the hood is lined. 


The whole jacket is lined with the fine black knit fabric suggested by Vicki. Annette prefers this fine knit to line jackets, skirts and dresses with. I know I used this knit lining last year with my Vogue houndstooth dress.

From the picture below you can see that I extended the jacket length and added width at the hem. This provides the added width so I could use the ribbon lacing at the back of the jacket.



The picture below shows the front jacket hem extended with a slight amount of added width for my hips. I’ve overlayed the new pocket piece and checked the pocket placement and depth at the side seam.


The hem is curved so I’ve tried to match the side seams for this new hem style.

Here’s my little riding hood smile.

Thanks Minerva Crafts for letting me update my casual jacket for something that’s just a bit different again.


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