NZ finds

From time to time, we travel and that’s when we learn more about other cultures and traditions.

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This is a collage of a few pieces currently on show at Te Papa in Welliington.

There are two corset pieces here amongst the 4 pieces in this photo. I’m keeping these as future inspiration.

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This amour has great structure.

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Here’s a traditional feather cape.

 

This feather cap uses a few types of feathers for this stunning cape.

Below is a dress from Napier Museum. More finds soon.

 

Alexa: winter versions

There’s not much of our mild Winter left so I grabbed Alexa (Tessuti pattern) and made a few Winter versions. Making knit tees is what I do when I’m preparing for another big project. Knit sewing is fun and quick to do while I ponder the details of the ‘next big thing’.

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My earlier Alexa top versions are here, as a jacket base here, experimenting with prints here and here are the handy dress versions I used while travelling earlier this year. So this is certainly a TNT tee.

Fire: Red lace knit

This is the v-neck version and lined with tricot. I was trying for a pretty Winter version.


This fabric was bought at a fabric store in New Zealand a few years ago. 

Mmmm. Not sure the tricot underlayer works. I’ll wear it ‘out’ one night and see how it goes.


Moving on…


Coat of arms: Ribbon knit

I’ve made this style before in jaywalk fabric for a few summer polo tops.

This time I’ve used ribbon fabric bought in Portland a few years ago.


Here’s how the neckline looks now. This is definitely a winter top.


Mustard: wool knit hoodie

This time I’ve added a wrap hood to these two versions using the Avocado hood pattern.

Mustard wool hoodie – dummy view


‘On me’ view looking chuffed with new Jalie Jeans


Dummy view

‘On me’ back view showing off my new Jalie jeans with zippers at the hem.

Tangerine: wool knit hoodie

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‘on me’ view worn with brown spandex Anita pants pattern from Tessutis ($10 table special)


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‘On me’ view worn with Brown spandex Tessuti Anita pants.

Both of these wool knit fabrics for these two tops were bought at My Hung in May. They were $7/m and I’ve worn these a lot from day 1. These are soft and warm. I can still wear a thermal layer underneath these for when it’s really chilly.

Date night: Silver knit 

I tried to draft a collar but the points are a bit wing collar style.

Dummy view of Silver version
‘On me’ view worn with Chorizo Anita pants from Tessutis


Dummy back view
Back view on me

I bought this silver knit from Tessuti’s and this knit is soft against my skin. I tried to create soft gathers at the wrist but you can’t really see it.

These are all tunic length because I want to stay warm. 

Ta dah view wearing my grey test Anita ponte pants


I’ll show you the Anita ponte pants story soon – my other Winter staple.

Pattern Review has 51 participants in this contest. It finishes today and voting starts next week. Take a look at the entrants and the variety of TNT tees they’ve used. They’re a creative bunch!