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I'm Gabrielle, an incorrigible crafter, amateur garment-maker and student of Italian.  I hope you enjoy my musings on a few of my hobbies.

Deer and Doe | Arum

Deer and Doe | Arum

A quick-make for our forthcoming trip to an autumnal Italia! 

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Introduction

I wanted a few new makes especially for our trip and, given Wellington is only just coming out of winter, a couple of lighter cotton pieces for some hopefully for balmy autumn evenings seemed just the ticket!  This is number one.

The pattern is Deer and Doe's Arum.  I love how D&D break down their patterns into Botany for woven patterns and Meteorology for knits, and also their names for the individual patterns: Arum, from the Botany collection, is a type of lily.  The fabric is Bye Bye Birdie, a cotton batiste Atelier Brunette from Miss Maude (all the hearts are stuck in my eyes for her shop!). 

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Process and Progress

This is my second attempt at Deer and Doe's Arum.  The first was an unqualified disaster!  Due to my inexperience I chose a completely incompatible fabric and was heart sore when I realised I'd made such a poor selection.  This make turned out far better, my favourite bit being a tiny, unintentional pattern match on the pocket.

This is the second D&D pattern I've used and both have been great.  Granted, this is a level one make, but I found the directions clear and easy to follow.  Generally, I think I'm learning I prefer drawings/diagrams in patterns over photographs, and D&D's diagrams are excellent.

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Fit and Finish

I like it!  I made a size 44 and am happy with the fit, although I did make use of the generous European seam allowance to make the sleeves a little wider.  If I were making it again (and I still may adjust this dress) I would make it maybe an inch longer.  The pattern is generous in how much hem turn-up it allows, so that's not a problem for this make, but for future makes I would add it before cutting the fabric.  If you're interested in making this pattern and aren't a fan of short hems this is worth keeping an eye on, because she is quite short. 

I do really like that, although the silhouette is simple, there is still shaping that comes from the princess seams at the back: it softens what could otherwise be a bit too triangle-ish.  Regarding sleeves, I'm learning two things: I love sewing set-in sleeves, and find kimono sleeves a little uncomfortable to wear.  In future I may try a pattern mash-up to make change these kimono sleeves to set in.

Okay, cue some ridiculously awkward self-taken photos where I look at the ceiling, begrudgingly at the camera, the floor, the wall, and looking quietly stoked at realising Arum teams rather, and unexpectedly, nicely with D&D's Ondée!

Aaaand, celebrating this make by becoming a couple of Erwin Wurm's One Minute Sculptures at the 2017 Venice Biennale!

Deer and Doe | Airelle

Deer and Doe | Airelle

Amare | To Love

Amare | To Love