Saturday, 13 June 2015

Remember Me Granville

When you stand in front of your wardrobe is there a thought that goes through your mind often? When I reach for a pair of trousers or a skirt, I am always thinking "I really must make more separates". I just don't seem to have many tops that I like and those I do are on constant repeat and therefore beginning to look a little old. Recently I have been trying to resolve this regular morning conundrum. Let's say it is an interesting experience - more on that in future posts. 

Remember Me Granville 1

After my fairly successful first attempt at a shirt, I thought making another Granville would be a perfect place to start. This time I wanted a more casual version. Something I could wear with my jeans, skirts or shorts in the summer. Sleeveless sprung to mind. Cotton lawn too. A plan was being formed. I had picked up 1.5m of Atelier Brunette's Remember Me in the M is for Make sale. I highly recommend this cambric - it is bliss to work with. It's a little different to what I normally wear but I just couldn't resist the stars. Thankfully, the light taupe works perfectly with my separates. 

Remember Me Granville 2

I didn't make any changes to the fit except to raise the arm holes a little. I forgot to change to the top and as a result the shoulders come a little too far. The most annoying thing is the arm holes stretched slightly in the making and I can feel the excess when I'm wearing the top. I should really take it in a little but I'm rather proud of my flat felled seams and I don't want to unpick them. Talk about lazy!

Remember Me Granville 3

Can you spot something out of my comfort zone? I added pockets! I wanted a little more interest to the shirt and pockets seemed like the right thing. They sit very well and don't bother me now. I say now because it took me a full day of wearing this top to like it. The arm holes really bothered me as did the pockets - they made me feel rather self conscious but that disappeared as the hours went on.

Remember Me Granville 4

I'm very pleased with how this turned out. My edge stitching is so much better on this version. This is mainly because the cotton is more stable than the silk, and I was stitching at a reasonable hour of the day. I finished the arm holes with bias binding and stitched it in place to continue the flat felled look. All in all, a nice little make to see me through the summer. 

12 comments:

  1. This is really lovely. I do love Atelier Brunette fabric, and the stars are so cute. I'm sure this will get a lot of wear this summer.

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    1. Thanks, Helen. The stars make it such a nice print.

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  2. That is certainly going to be a lovely, useful summer item in your wardrobe, Claire. Beautifully made too.

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    1. Thanks, Teresa. I've worn it a few more times since posting this so it is looking hopeful for the time:wear ratio.

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  3. I know what you mean about not having enough separates - I have lots of skirts, but not enough tops. I'm trying to fix that though! Your shirt is lovely, and the pockets are brilliant. I've never seen that before.

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    1. Glad you like the pockets - I'm rather pleased with them. Good luck with the separates challenge - it can be tough!

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  4. The Internet just ate my comment so sorry if this is a duplicate!
    It's a lovely shirt - I really like the pockets and I think they add to the casual feel of the sleeveless version. I should take a leaf out of your book and sew more separates!

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    1. Glad I managed to get the casual vibe right. I think separates are difficult - too many pretty dresses calling to us.

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  5. I wish I could do sleeveless tops, but I'm always too cold for them! The fabric is darling, but shame about the outstretched armholes. If they bother you too much you should take them in a little, as the shirt is very cute!
    Looking forward to reading more on the morning conundrum!

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    1. I think I will take them in eventually - they annoy me every time I look at the shirt!

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  6. Great top. It looks like it's going to be a versatile piece in the warm weather. The fabric looks lovely :)

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    1. Thank you! I'm looking forward to getting more wear out of it.

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