With Jasmine in the Air...

Sunday, May 20, 2012
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Sorry I've been MIA again! I had a few health issues, namely my lower back. What ever I did to it meant that I was in excruciating pain for over a week and spent the better part of four days planted on the couch on my back.  It seems to have mostly healed now though thank goodness and I'm back to being able to sew.  You don't realise how much you use your back until you can't use it anymore!

I finished the Colette Patterns Jasmine blouse a few weeks ago - and incidently these photos are also from a few weeks ago too, it's not quite warm enough for bare legs and arms any more...
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I made view 1 sans sleeves which I’ve been doing with most of my sewing lately.  I made a bias binding for the arm holes instead and really like the way it turned out - no sleeves has the benefit of using less fabric if you are trying to stash bust like me and don’t quite have enough (and cutting on the bias means you have to be a bit creative with your pattern laying if you only have a small amount). I made this Jasmine from a light cotton I had thrifted a few years ago back in NZ.

I did have a few small issues with the pattern, namely gaping at the front and back.  The front was easy enough to fix, but for some reason, no matter how much I shaved off the back, it still gapes a little (maybe this is just my bad computer slouching back?).  I’ve found the gaping to be less noticeable when the collar is sewn on.  I also ended up shaving off about 1cm from around the neckline - after seeing a few finished garments on other people’s blogs, it looked as though the blouse didn’t quite have the lovely wide neckline it looks like it does on the pattern front. But I think it actually turned out really nicely on mine.

I also cut a good 1inch off both sides of the blouse after cutting it to my size.  It was too big in the waist (and could still possibly be a little big) so I recommend cutting a size smaller in the waist if you want a more fitted look. I would also recommend making the ties longer if you do want to tie them in a bow, but I don't mind mine in just a small tie with the ends hanging down (looks good under a cardigan!).

Overall, I think this is a great pattern for beginners and especially for those wanting to learn about sewing on the bias. 

I also made the circle skirt from a thrifted blue-cottony type fabric from my stash, it's fully lined and I've worn it at least once per week since I finished it. I think if I had to pick a pattern that was 'me', circle skirts would be it. I can bash them out quickly and they are so comfy to wear and go with so much I already have in my wardrobe!  Next up is a light grey wool circle skirt.

Have a lovely weekend everyone,

12 comments on "With Jasmine in the Air..."
  1. I love this combo especially having a belt around that circle skirt. Fabulous.

  2. Gorgeous top! I love the fabric you chose. Circle skirts are my favourite too. They are so quick and easy to make. If you feel like new clothes you can whip one up in like an hour. Hope your back is starting to feel better. I am having some back issues at the moment too but luckily not as bad as you.

  3. Love your jasmine blouse--especially that the ties are a bit longer than others I have seen. Love how it looks sleeveless as well! YAY for circle skirts...I hope to make one up soon too!!

  4. This is so lovely - I've been thinking about making a sleeveless Jasmine for a while and yours is perfect. It looks fab with the circle skirt too - I love the whole outfit! x

  5. Oh, I just love your Jasmine! It looks so sweet sleeveless - I'm going to have to make a sleeveless version for me. :)

  6. It looks lovely!

    So sorry to hear you've not been well. Back pain is a special kind of awful!

    Yes we really must catch up! I was in your 'hood last week and kept thinking I ought to phone! If there is any chance you can fit in a few hours next Sunday, I think I'll be meeting some ladies for knitting - it'd be great to see you!

  7. I love the fabric you used for your blouse Jen, it looks super pretty!

    I came over from Sew Retro, and I am excited to see a fellow Aussie blogger ~ I always feel like I'm in a foreign land in the blog world and finding a friendly, familiar face is totally a cool thing!

    Love what you are doing, so keep up the great work and I hope your back keeps getting better for you. :D


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  8. lovely work! i am so very impressed by your skills. you're an inspiration to dig out my sewing machine!

  9. So sorry to hear about your back troubles! I seem to have been messing up various things lately myself (the latest was falling and whacking my knee badly so I couldn't really walk for a couple days! :p), so you have my sympathies. Hope it's completely healed now and doesn't give you any more trouble!

    I love how your blouse turned out... but the skirt really caught my eye! :D I made a 1/2 circle skirt a couple weeks ago (still haven't shown it on the blog... bad me!), and they are definitely a style I never tire of... ;)

  10. what a beautiful and lovely blouse ! :) print and collar are gorgeous

  11. That skirt is so pretty, I must find a circle skirt pattern :)


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