The sweater is knitted from Kidsilk Haze and can be found in Rowan Knitting magazine 30 (pattern in kids, women's and men's sizes). The scarf was made by combining an Annyblatt yarn called Astrakan with Rowan's wool cottonand was knitted for me by my mummy.
Amelia Earhart was one of histories great adventurers, an aviation pioneer with a fabulous sense of style. She disappeared in 1937 somewhere over the Pacific Ocean during an attempt to fly around the world, a mystery which continues to intrigue people to this day.
THE AVIATOR takes very little fabric to make, in fact both of the photo samples were patched together using leftovers. To highlight the contrasts top stitching using a thick thread and a zig-zag stitch was added. You have the option of adding buttons and a frill or just keep it simple.
Of course I can't help myself, the more fabric textures, colours, patterns the better.A tutorial showing HOW TO sew with heavy top stitching thread can be found right here and the pattern for THE AVIATOR is now available from my Etsy shop.
In 1820 the inventor Thomas Hancock patented elastic fastenings for gloves, shoes, suspenders and stockings. He founded the British rubber industry and invented a little machine called the masticator which made it all possible.
I avoid making things that require buttonholes, partly it's because my old clunker does a lousy job of it but mostly I'm just really fussy so it takes me ages to get them right...ever unpicked a buttonhole, not easy! Thank goodness for Mr Hancock.
I love love love working with elastic, it adds shape instantly, creates fullness and texture whilst adding the additional element of comfort...clothes that move with you like the skirt and top shown below.
The recently released PRETTY BLOUSE features elasticized cuffs and waist. When I'm drafting my patterns I work to a set body size but what to do if you happen to be a bit taller or shorter than the average gal?
I've added some lengthen/shorten marks to the pattern but to make things a little easier here's a step by step to help you through the process.
1. First work out what size you are. My standard body measurements are listed right here along with instructions on how to measure yourself. To check your length, measure down from the side of your neck at the shoulder to your natural waist. If you find a difference of more than 1cm then I would recommend adjusting the pattern.
SIDE NECK TO WAIST (body size)
Size 6 - 41.8cm
Size 8 - 42.4cm
Size 10 - 43cm
Size 12 - 43.6cm
Size 14 - 44.2cm
2. Now you know what size you are cut out your pattern and tape all the pieces for the front and back together following the guides on the pattern. In this case I'm going to cut out a size 10.
3. I've placed the center front fold line of my pattern against the fold in the fabric and I want to add an additional 2cm. Cut the pattern along the lengthen/shorten line and move the two pieces evenly apart by this amount.
4. The side seam no longer matches perfectly so with pins or chalk mark out a new side seam. In this case I've also added a little extra to the length just in case the proportion looks wrong. I can always cut it off later. Be sure to make exactly the same adjustments to the back.
5. To shorten evenly overlap the two front pattern pieces making sure that the fold of the fabric and the center fold of your pattern are exactly in line. Mark out a new side seam shape with pins or chalk and again make sure to adjust the back by the same amount.
The pattern for the PRETTY BLOUSE is available from my Etsy shop in Australian size 6 to 14. For international customers a size conversion chart can be found here.
The fabric shown in this tutorial is a beautiful Swiss cotton which I found at Tessuti in Melbourne.