Hello friends, how I’ve missed hanging out here!
It’s been a crazy start to the year with the show, Alex’s dad and family stuff, Alex changing jobs, and a horrific bout of insomnia early on. But here I am. I survived being the #seniorcastmember in Priscilla, had a great time doing the season, and am very happy to be back to something that feels a bit more like normal life.
So back to the sewing: I have limited mileage with Papercut Patterns. I love that they are NZ made, I love their packaging and styling, I just am hit and miss with their designs. I have made 3 versions of the Rigel Bomber: one, two, three. (Version 1 has since departed my wardrobe, which I kind of regret.) My experience with the Bowline Sweater was an unmitigated disaster, and when my Guise Pants were retrieved from their summer storage and I wore them last week I felt a little more than meh about them. Then a friend who is several sizes larger than me tried them on and they looked amazing on her. She now has them. Yeah.
So, while I don’t think I will be buying any more Papercut patterns, I do feel good about the Skipper Tunic, Variation 3 that I am sporting here. I cut out the Small from the get go. For some reason I really struggle to think of myself as a Small (because I am not and I don’t find sizing up flattering because I don’t care about that s**t) and because of the 1cm seam allowances I worry that I will be caught short. However the evidence states that, clearly, I am a Small in their patterns.
This check is again from some massive second-hand haul of my sister’s, she is very kind to share these with me. This has that awesome 80s vibe with the gold thread in the weave. It’s light weight cotton (I assume) which means I should get a lot of trans-seasonal wear out of it. I’m wearing a merino top underneath it today and it feels perfect for Christchurch autumn. It doesn’t photograph amazingly well, but I think it looks great IRL.
This pattern came together easily, good instructions, and simple construction. Next time I will stay stitch the neckline of the garment as the collar needs to fit exactly and this time I adjusted the shoulder seams as I pinned it. I’ll also lower the darts 4cm as they sit too high on me.
I already have some stash fabric awaiting a second version of this. Heigh ho, anchors aweigh!
Don’t look too closely at:
The welt finish closure of the collar. I tried to get a straight line, but I had to admit defeat in the end. Thankfully the next iteration will not be made of check or stripes so I can fudge away happily.
- Last Footwear Company boots I’ve had since I was 18
- Andrea Moore black trousers – made in NZ
- Earrings, hoops I’ve had for 10+ years bought from a mall jeweler; raw crystal studs purchased recently, handmade
- Sunglasses – hand made by my beautiful friend Coral Mazlin Designs
- All other jewellery second hand from family members