New makes of old patterns

Regular followers of mine will know I have a love affair with the Sewaholic Belcarra and the Muse Tahi skirt. Well here’s two more for you! More a record for me, but also just to show you how great these patterns are.


The Belcarra
This is my, ahem, fifth Belcarra. The others you’ll find links from the My Makes page.


The fabric is a fine cotton from Spotlight. Most of the spots are dark grey, but some are actually silver and some are obviously a pink-red colour. I decided it needed to go this way up so the arches to remind me of the sun going up in the sky and then going down at the end of the day.


I chose the same pink to stitch the neck binding down, top stitch the sleeve cuffs and to sew the hem.


There’s honestly very little to say about the pattern. I cut it out last week in just under an hour and then sewed it up in around two and a half hours on Saturday. It’s a really quick sew, especially if you make the version without the tucks on the sleeves.


The details
Fabric: Fine cotton from Spotlight, I think Rotorua, in July 2015.
Notions: Thread.
Pattern: Sewaholic Belcarra, view A, size 12.
Changes made: None
Another one/Recommendations: This is number five! Need I say more? Instructions are clear and easy and the pattern is quick to put together.

Muse Tahi Skirt
Another staple in my wardrobe. This is number four!

I decided I wanted a red skirt and went down to the Fabric Warehouse and found this red bengaline. It has a stretch which, yes I know, is intended to go around the body, but hey, rules are made to be broken – the stretch on this is going top to bottom. The pattern in the weave looked better like that.


For the feature pattern I turned the fabric over and used it inside out, as it were.


I also stuck pockets in this skirt. Pockets, pockets, so useful. I had to be careful with the side seams and the stretch going down and also added interfacing to the seams where the pockets are and also the zip area.


The details
Fabric:  Red bengaline from The Fabric Warehouse, August 2017
Notions:  Thread, zip, a button and waistband stiffening
Pattern:  Muse Patterns, Tahi Skirt, size 38, the flared version
Changes made:  Inseam pockets added. the template is a pattern piece I’ve got put aside for such occasions!
Another one/recommendations:  This is number four. Instructions again are so easy to follow, even that feature. There are so many different options too.


Photos were taken today in Christchurch where I’m staying for work. My motel has this great little courtyard with the beautiful rose bush, and of course, it’s spring, so the roses are out. 🙂 And yes, the blouse is creased, I’ve been wearing it all day!


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