Thursday, August 15, 2013

Early fall sewing #1: Datura









  This Datura is the first garment in what I hope will become an early fall wardrobe. I sketched grand plans that involves sewing 8 garments plus 2 refashions and a shirt for E in August/September. Well, we'll see how that goes, but I like having a bit of structure in my sewing. And let's be honest here, the planning is almost as fun as the sewing! I have to hem dress #1 and I'm just finishing up an Archer so I'm on the right track so far.




It is no secret by now that I have a pattern crush on Deer and Doe's Datura. this is my third version, and I keep thinking if new ones. I like the simplicity of the design and the clever details. The contrast yoke allows for endless fabric combinations and the collar options for variation.

For this one I traced a size smaller (36) than the previous ones, and the fit is much better. I wasn't too noticeable in my first Datura because the fabric was quite drapey, but the fit across the bust was an issue in the stiffer cotton of my second version. Now, there is no gaping at the armholes and the fit around the bust and shoulders is better. I made view B with the Peter pan collar, obviously. The collar turned out very narrow and there is a gap at the center front, where the two collar pieces should meet. I'm not quite sure of what I did wrong, as I did not encounter that issue on my first Datura. It's bothering me a bit... Maybe the seam allowance on the collar is only 3/8"? Oh well, it's not going to stop me from wearing it.



I used a beige satin for the yoke and collar and a navy cotton voile for the main pieces and facings. The satin was a leftover from other projects and the cotton is a coupon from Paris. I'm glad I went with the cotton for the facing as it is nicer to have on my skin than the ployester of the satin. I've had this colout combination on my mind for a while now, so I'm pleased it's finally made it's was into a garment. I have lots of the lovely navy cotton left, as it was a 3m coupon and the Datura doesn't eat much fabric. I think I'll turn the remaining 2m into a dress with som colour contrast. Or an Archer... I'm quite liking sewing shirts!





14 comments:

  1. Datura is an addictive pattern! I just finished my second, and, like you, can imagine many more! I really love that you sewed this version in "staple" colors. I can see it being very versatile!

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    1. Yes, I thik i'll wear this one all the time!

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  2. I think this is my favorite Datura that I've seen, I love it I really love those colors together. And that satin adds a perfect touch, ahh and those back buttons. Love the contrast between them and the darker fabric.

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    1. Oh thanks! the satin really bring this top up into the realm of classy and not just casual. just another proof of this patterns versatility!

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  3. This is so cute! I love it! I really need to get around to sewing this-- it's such a sweet pattern!

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    1. just do it, girl! it would look lovely on you, especially in a warm red tone!

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  4. I must really give Deer and Doe a try, they make such lovely patterns! By the way, I just saw now that you live in Malmo -- we will be biking there next week (on our new tandem, of course)! I would love nothing less than meeting local sewists for coffee or beer! You can email me at allstyleandallsubstance AT gmail if you're up for it!

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    1. i love deer and doe! i just need to make another pattern than the datura... the chardon is on my list.

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  5. Very pretty color combination. Ive not always been a fan of this pattern but this version may have changed my mind. This is unique yet very wearable.

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    1. thank you! you should give it a try, it's a very clever pattern!

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  6. Hello ;) found your blog on the fall for cotton challenge, and thought I'd stop by! This blouse is adorable, and I really like the contrasting and how it looks from the back :)

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  7. That is a great look! Must try! Will be great as office wear to;)

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  8. Your Datura turned out very beautiful!

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  9. That's really pretty I love those two colours together!

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