Friday, 31 May 2013

My New Favourite Tee - Simplicity 1690

I've been really crap at posting these last couple of weeks and it's genuinely because I couldn't be bothered sitting down at my computer and typing away.  It's also because most of my new makes are for holiday and I'm yet to wear them!  But all that's about to change guys, on Monday I'm off to Canada and I promise you it can't come around quick enough!  I'll still have access to a computer whilst I'm away so will try and post some bits and pieces, failing that, I'll totally overload you with posts the week after I'm back!

Anyway onto Simplicity 1690.

I originally bought this pattern because I loved the skirt.  I love, love, love that folded in design.  And I totally love Leanne Marshall, she was my favourite project runway contestant the year she one and I'm super pleased she teamed up with Simplicity for her pattern line.  Well I've jet to make the skirt,  I want to make it in something that's doubled faced to get the most of the folds but all I can find here are doubled-faced bridal fabrics and white doesn't work for me (I'm too messy an eater!).

But when I was cutting it out, I realised that the top was actually in the pattern as well and it was a quick, easy basic to make up.  I'd been saving the one yard of Marc Jacobs silk I'd bought in Mood whilst in NYC for my 21st as it was far too precious to cut into.  But I saw this top and thought that there was absolutely no way I could mess it up.  And I went for it and it quickly became my favourite tee.

Knowing this top only took 70cm (yep 70cm how awesome is that?!) to make meant I could buy more expensive fabric (like the amazing new Liberty of London print's we've been receiving deliveries of the past couple of weeks in work) and actually make something wearable and practical out of.  Which is exactly what I done.
I think this one is my ultimate favourite version.

 Once the second one was done, there was no stopping me!  I've since made these versions:

1 - Chiffon from Cotton Print Factory Shop  2 - Chiffon from Mandors  3 - Lace from Mandors

And made a couple for my mum and two as gifts which will be winging their way to Canada with me.

But who cares about all these tops and fabrics when I'm off to Canada and Monday and will be spending the majority of my dollars on fabrics (and a splurge in American Eagle, this girl needs new jeans!).  I think I've narrowed down, and sweet-talked my dad into taxi-ing between some Toronto Queen St fabric shops and I'll definitely be doing a pattern haul at FabricLand in Niagara Falls.

I'm hoping I can get another post up before I go, I recently made an amazing dress but haven't had a chance to wear it yet (so popped it on for photos today) that I'm desperate to share with y'all.  What are you making for summer??

8 comments:

  1. Your tops are lovely Hazel. Hope you have a terrific time in Canada - it is a place I've always wanted to visit, so am looking forward to your holiday posts, as well as the fabric haul!! Bon Voyage!

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    1. Thanks Nessa! They are soo comfy and easy to wear! I'm hoping to post about some of the bits and pieces we get up to, so you can imagine what it's like there!

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  2. Wow, they are all lovely and will be perfect for holiday wear!

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  3. That looks like a great basic t-shirt pattern, I particularly love that blue lace one! How on earth do you make any money working at Mandors, think I'd end up spending all my wages in there if I worked there! Happy holidays!

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    1. Thanks Kathryn, I love that it lends itself well to soo many fabrics! I think I end up giving them back more money than they give me each month, such a bad to place to work when you have a fabric addiction!

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  4. Really cute! I picked up this pattern on a whim during a sale, and you've inspired me to give it a whirl! Have a great trip!

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    1. Thanks :) It's such a great, versatile pattern, I really need to find some fabric to make up the skirt thought!

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