Monday, 31 August 2015

Jail break

Who am I?

a) an inmate, trapped within the confines of an underfunded, overcrowded prison system
b) a primary school teacher from the '80s?
c) a home seamstress obsessed with the production of a tencel all-in-one

I used my beloved Spotlight denim-look tencel to create this snap-studded sensation.

I really love the sleeve tab detailing.

Cool sleeve tabs
This is the pattern I used:
Hello 1984
I scored this vintage Burda pattern from my friend's late Mum's pattern collection. While I was tempted to recreate the camo number, complete with mesh pocket, I had a feeling that this tencel from Spotlight would drape beautifully and be seriously comfy.

I was right.

I made view B with very few changes. Those old Burda patterns don't have seam allowances included so that was a bit of a pain and I had a terrible time attaching the snaps. Oh My God. My Internet research told me that snap attachment is easy. Lies. All lies. I made such a mess of the whole thing I ended up my local Vietnamese tailor and they unpicked and reattached new snaps within an hour, all for $20. Part of me feels like I cheated, but hey, it was worth it.

Beside the snap debacle this was an easy pattern that came together much more smoothly than I expected. I cut a size 12 for the top and graded out to a 14 and I'm happy with the fit. You don't want wait until the last minute when going to the loo, but that's a small price to pay for all-in-one convenience, don't you agree?


  1. man, I wish I'd known you were battling with snaps. I have the best gadget - a snap setter - will show/ lend it to you should you want to make another awesome creation like this one!

  2. This is so cool! I am loving the whole look of the outfit. I think I might need a tencel jumpsuit in my life.