A little while ago I said on Instagram that my summer wardrobe is complete, and that I didn’t feel the need to add new handmade pieces. I have been working up to this point for a few years now. My handmade pieces last me multiple summers, so there’s no need to keep adding to it. This thought gave me some headspace, a break from the never-ending list of to-sew garments. But then Erin was about to release her new oversized Tee pattern, and I realised I don’t have any handmade T-shirts. So I volunteered (very selflessly of course, hehe) to help spread the word about this new pattern. I could make some Onyx tees but frankly, after making them a dozen times I wanted to try a new pattern.
I’ve been subscribed to Seamwork magazine for a few months now. To be honest, not many of the patterns that come with the magazine really spoke to me. Until the February issue, that came with the Almada Robe. It has such a gorgeous silhouette, reminiscent of Japanese kimono’s. And I had the perfect fabric too, a rayon silk from Blackbird fabrics. I had bought it just because it was so beautiful, even though the base colour, a pale yellow, doesn’t suit me at all. It has such a luxurious feeling to it that I wanted to be able to wear it frequently, but my clothing has to have a measure of practicality. Enter the Almada: the perfect solution to my problem! You can wear a robe every morning if you want to, you don’t leave the house in it so no risk of snags or mud, and who cares if the colour doesn’t suit me if hardly anyone will see it. This robe for me is all about feeling beautiful, not looking beautiful. Or, to quote Sarai: hidden glamour.
In this post I want to share some news with you, and show off my new Nettie dress. The Nettie is made with the most delicious wool jersey blend, bought last year at the meetup in Paris. Unfortunately I didn’t snap a pic of the label, but it said something like wool, cashmere, alpaca, maybe even baby bunny – aka a Most Heavenly Blend. I had two pieces of 1,5 meter, one greyish and one blueish. I made Stef a sweater with the blue one. Which he lost this summer, *insert mumbled curses*. So the other 1,5 was definitely meant for me, and I made a Nettie dress with it.
What? Oh, I should have started with the News? Well read on :)
A few years ago I bought a mens sweater at a thrift store, meant for Stef. It was a bit snug on him and comfortably oversized on me, so I kept it for myself. It was never a very beautiful sweater, but I still wore it a lot. It was big enough that I could throw it over anything else I was wearing. I think every wardrobe needs a sweater like that, a go-to sweater when it’s cold or you’re just not feeling great and you want to have the next best thing to a blanket. Holes started to appear last winter though, so I thought it time to replace it with one I knitted myself. It became my most ambitious knitting project so far, but I had so much fun designing and knitting the cables.
This was actually going to be a post showing my new jeans, but somehow I can’t bring myself to do a photoshoot right now. Maybe it’s end-of-the-year-fatigue or maybe it’s because we’re in the middle of finishing a new pattern for testing, but they’ll have to wait. I can already tell you there a success though, even though sewing them was a major struggle. I had to hand sew the button loops, bar tacks and the buttonhole because 5 layers of heavy denim is apparently more than my machine can take. Fortunately it was all worth it!