Final Finished Object of 2011

And it needs ironing!

I actually finished this yesterday and wore it to a house party last night and have been wearing it again today.  Hence it needs a good iron!  I also need to apologise for the photography – done in the bomb site that is the office using the photo booth programme on the MAC.  I apologise that it’s a bit of a poor effort on the photography front.  I feel a little as if a bus has hit me, but I really wanted to share this final item from 2011 and say Hi before the year came to an end!

This is my finished Sencha and I have to say I rather love it and love wearing it.  A definite win.

Front View

I love the wider neckline as I don’t feel constricted in it at all, although I may make it a little less broad next time around.

Back View

I also really like the back.  I used 10 domed shanked buttons and paired them all the way down the back.  I also sewed a couple of snaps beneath the waist as I noticed that other bloggers didn’t like the way it gaped open – it makes for a much neater ‘un-tucked’ wear!

Button Detail
Snaps to hold beneath the waist closed

I didn’t fold the sleeves as far back as the pattern suggested, which covers a little more of my upper arms.

The only change I think I’d make to this is to size it down a bit as it is a little baggy in places.  There’s about 3″ of ease at the waist and some excess fabric in the chest area where about 2″ of length could be taken out.

Tuck to take out length above chest

As you can see, with the length across the chest taken out, it does look a bit better!  But I’ve still got a very comfortable, and wearable top.  So a definite win and one that I’ll be making again.  I didn’t even mind the hand sewing aspects – I actually quite enjoyed it!  Does this mean that I’m becoming a proper sewist/seamstress/person who sews?!

Oh, and I’ve also cut my hair off!

Note to Self: Desk Light = Harsh Lighting!

What ever you’re up to tonight, I hope you have a wonderful last few hours of 2011, and here’s to 2012!


I think this is 3552, but for £0.62 it's the most AMAZING bargain!

Not really a word, more a noise of…  Well, frustration and a bit of jealousy?

First the annoyance and a message to Casey’s ISP: FIX. IT. NOW.  Don’t you know there are women out here who want to draft a circle skirt and need our beautiful and talented guru?  Humph.

And the slightly green eyed monster comes courtesy of Meena’s $1 per pattern haul.  At todays rate that’s about 62p a pattern.  That pattern up the top there, that’s the one I’m most envious of.  I love the neckline.  Sigh.

However, on a more positive note I’m now up to the decreases on my hat and I have to say I am loving it lots.  I’ve also just got to stitch the facing of my crescent skirt down and hem it and it’s all done.  I’m really pleased with the finish on the skirt – I’ll try and take some photos tomorrow and bore you all silly with them.  There’s french seams, turned and stitched seam finished and even some bias binding…  To keep the inside looking so beautiful, these two steps will be done by hand.  Yep, I’m a bit weird like that!  But it’s one of the things that I think separates hand made and RTW (ready to wear) – that quite often the inside is as well finished as the outside.