This is another souvenir remnant of Marimekko from our trip to Stockholm in 2014. I bought it thinking I would make a Japanese style apron, but didn’t have enough fabric – who knew they took so much? I could have made a regular apron, but having made the shirt aprons, I had second thoughts.
When I made the other Marimekko outfit I got this piece out of the stash determined to make it into something, anything. It is another Unikko design, but this time the flowers are enormous, and the colours are rather eye wateringly acidic.
I decided to make a simple top as this would break up the flowers the least, and Vogue 8062 view B seemed to be the answer as I’ve made it before quite successfully.
I used the full length of the fabric and had the tiniest bit left from where I cut out the neck and shaped the armholes. I love this now as a tunic.
I seem to have more of the flowers on the back.
The whole time I was making this top I experienced quite a high level of anxiety. I showed it to Mark as I was in the process of making it and he made a face, and I’ve got to admit I was rather concerned that I was going to look like a giant cushion. Having finished it, Mark looked quite delighted and I felt rather good about the whole thing. I do have to point out my rather epic pattern matching on the shoulder. This photo was taken accidentally as I bent down to pull out a weed! I won’t show you the other shoulder…
For two years I’ve been threatening to throw out my white (now decidedly cream) stretch trousers and I finally did just that, replacing them with these bright white Jalie Eleonore pull on jeans, which is one of my new favourite TNT patterns. The fabric is stretch cotton and came from Knitwit.
This is not the end of my Marimekko souvenir fabric, but I might give it a bit of a rest now and have a change of scenery.