the fabric is a beautiful striped viscose from Knitwit, with lovely weight and drape, and I made Mark a pair of boxers from some of the leftovers, so we rather cheesily match. I hope the kids don’t find out!
Of course one of the issues with stripes is the pattern matching and I thought I might avoid this with this pattern as some of the pieces are off grain, but it didn’t work out for me. I found that shoulders were needing to be matched, but they were impossible and I abandoned all pretence at pattern matching after an hour or so.
I even recut one of the side pieces so that I wouldn’t have to match the stripes. I reverse coverstitched the hems, of course!
Underneath the top is another one of my ruched collar and cuff tops, using the Deer & Doe Plantain as the base pattern.
This one is made from a very fine wool that I bought at Potter’s. I felted it in the washing machine to thicken it up a bit, and it worked a treat. I made the collar and cuffs a bit shorter and much prefer this. The ruching is done in the same way as in my mini-tutorial.
this top will only be worn as a layering piece, and as I’ve laundered it, it has become even more felted and shrunk a little bit more, but it’s also becoming warmer. It’s going to form an integral part of my Sew a Seasonal Wardrobe: Destination challenge on Facebook.
the Odette is fast becoming one of my most worn tops, particularly as the weather warms up, and I am now planning a colour blocked version.
It looks a bit shapeless here, but when I’m moving about it’s actually quite flattering. I am looking forward to using up some of my many, many scraps in the next one!