Shirt With Twigs And A Green Stripe

A different post is waiting half-written which I wanted to post these days, but I’m still processing the photos and it’s getting on rather slowly because I can’t seem to concentrate on it right now. So I thought, I might boost my mood with rather posting this meanwhile. :-)

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I bought the fabric last autumn. The bare twigs and branches on the jersey give it rather a bit autumn-y touch (but not too much not to be able to wear it all year long), I guess that’s why I bought it then. But then I was always working on something else and so it stayed on the fabric stash for a few months. It was some time between winter and spring that I was rather in need of a nice, comfortable shirt I could wear both at home and anywhere else, really, when I took it out again and made it into.. well, a shirt, just as I have described it right now.

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There’s a pattern in my collection, I made already some time ago from a shirt I already own and which I really like and feel comfortable in. So I took that. I adjusted the neckline a bit, because I know from a previous project I did, it came out a bit too big. (Though, on the original shirt it’s just fine. Maybe I drafted it wrong?).

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I made it with elbow-length- sleeves, because that’s justhow I like it best. That way it’s good for winter, spring and autumn, or rather, as long as it doesn’t get too hot. Even if I have a shirt with long sleeves, I aaaalways roll it up to my elbows. Pretty much always, sooner or later during the day. It’s just much more practical.

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As much as I like the twigs pattern on the fabric, when you make a whole shirt out of it, it feels a little boring. I just felt like I really had to break it up somehow.

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That’s how the green stripe in the middle of the back came to be. Like a little surprise when you turn around. I kinda love it!

Not so boring any more, huh?

Grandma + Granddaughter Summer Dresses

I am happy to say that today I am going to share with you something I’ve done recently. My wonderful, dear Mom had her birthday not long ago, and I was more than happy to oblige her with a wish she had for a dress.

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Once -some longer time ago- we were together at a fabric store in Vienna. I was looking for some fabric for I don’t know what any more, and she bought this lovely denim blue thin cotton fabric with white dots, saying she would like me to make a dress for her out of it. So I took it home with me, where it sat for a while, put away with other fabrics in my fabric closet, waiting for its turn.

In the meantime it was winter, not time for wearing thin dresses anyway, lots of other things to do… Until this June, when her birthday was coming near, I finally got it out again, remembering it was something I’ve promised her long ago.

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Originally we took fabric enough to make a simple long dress for mom. She has a dress, similar to the one I made, which she likes and she gave it to me to draft my pattern from it, with just some minor adjustments. But then she said, she wants the dress to be knee-length-short. Since it’s a thin fabric anyway, and is good for a summer dress anyway therefore, it doesn’t need to be long.

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So suddenly there was some extra fabric left. So we started talking about matching dresses for her and Liv. Though, I am not exactly sure whose idea it was, I am almost sure it was her.

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And here they are. Beautiful matching grandmother and granddaughter in their summer dresses.

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The yellow flower is getting water to drink (right into its mouth) 

I made Liv’s dress a bit differently on purpose. The fabric makes it so clear they are matching, I didn’t want the pattern to be the same, so they would look like… big version, small version. I like matching outfits. But I like them to be a little bit different. Most of the time. Though, sometimes it works even if they are same-same. Let’s not get into that any deeper right now anymore.

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Detail of closure on the side with buttons on Grandma’s version
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Detail of Liv’s front closure with buttons

The original dress I drafted for my mother’s dress also had a lovely lace at the bottom hem. I kinda liked it, it added a bit of refreshment to the simple pattern. So I looked through what I had at home and found some lovely embroidered madeira laces which I liked. Unfortunately none of the two I liked most I had enough for both dresses. So they each got a different one. But I wonder if anyone would even really notice, if I didn’t point it out.

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I think they’re so cute together. :-)

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