It's spring here now, and the weather has warmed up (including a couple of ridiculous summer-like days in the high 30s), so I thought I'd try making a few simple t-shirts and tops for everyday wear.
I have had mixed success sewing with knits, so I'm very happy with this t-shirt I made from the free Kirsten Kimono Tee pattern from Maria Denmark. It's a very simple shape, but was quick and easy to sew, and I'm getting the hang of the twin needle for hems and sleeves.
I'm wearing it here in Hyde Park, accessoried with one of the giant snails that have been part of Art & About this past month - they are very bright and appealing, so the children and I printed out the map and have tracked down all of them over the holidays and past couple of weeks.
The fabric for the t-shirt was from Spotlight and was a total impulse purchase - I went in there to buy thread or something, and spotted this. It's cotton and I liked the doodly style illustration. If you look closely there are tiny little caterpillars on there too, but the flowers are only about 7mm across, so it's fairly small scale and doesn't scream novelty print.
I was planning to join in with the Kids Clothes Week sewing this week but when I sorted through the children's wardrobes I realised they don't really need anything right now, they are both pretty well set up for summer. On the other hand I seem to have about two t-shirts that I like, and to be wearing my Moss mini every second day, so I think I'll spend the time making a few more things for me instead. There seem to be lots of free top patterns floating around the internet at the moment - as well as the Kimono Tee there's the Colette Sorbetto (not new, but I still haven't made one), the Tessuti Mandy Tee, the Grainline Hemlock and the By Hand Polly top. So hopefully the nice weather will help motivate me to get a few garments finished. I also like the look of a couple of the new Liesl & Co patterns, and I definitely need another Moss skirt.
And to finish up, just because they are pretty, here are a few photos from the Night Noodle Markets that are on in Hyde Park during October - it's such a nice spot to go and eat in the evenings now that daylight savings has started and the evenings are longer, and good to be able to try all the different things from various stalls. Tonight our favourites were steamed pork buns (always), spicy chicken mince & noodles, and coconut with sticky rice.