Finished: Dove T, and a Christmas giveaway!

18 Dec

Christmas is so close dear readers, I can smell the turkey and taste the wine as I write.

How are your gift makes going? Some people, like Karen, were smart enough not to go down the path of gift makes, I unfortunately was not one of those smart people. So now I find myself scrambling to finish… Can’t share pictures yet for fear of ruining that lovely ‘surprise’ affect – but they’ll come.

Anyhoo, on to my finished Dove T! I’m so happy with this top, I hope you guys like it too 🙂

You may recall the toile of this garment, I look at the finished top and in the words of Fatboy Slim, I think, you’ve come a long way baby!

So with no further ado, here she is, my tribal rayon Dove T! (Omigosh I love Rayon!)

About my Dove T

She was made out of a Rayon from Spotlight. I love this fabric. Aussies – have you noticed that Spotlight has really picked up its game recently?

Dove T front

Can’t half tell from the pictures I’d been wearing it all day right?

You may recall the fitting issues I was prattling on about with the toile. Everything was addressed by slashing the sleeve vertically down the centre and adding 1.5cm in width. It’s not perfect, but teamed with the liquid like rayon, it’s much more comfortable now.

Dove T back

In the end I didn’t make any changes for ‘modesty’. For work, I just threw on a singlet underneath ( as above ) and for play, well it lets in a nice breeze on a hot day – and what’s wrong with that my friends?!

Dove T front 2

I reckon it almost took me more time to lay this out and cut than to actually sew it up. I was playing with only 1.5 metres worth and was being preeeety picky about pattern placement (surprise surprise). My stoopid hands are covering up where the patterns meet stunningly at the side seams in these pics though. 😉

Dpve T back 2

I added 8cm to the hem length, and you can see that I used bias binding rather than a facing around the neckline. Not much more to say really… except…

Do you want to get your hands on this pattern?!

I hear the crowds roar – “yes we do!”. Well I have good news for you. Thanks to the delightful Hannah of Sinbad and Sailor, one of you lucky people can get a free free free Dove T pattern of your very own! An extra bit of Christmas cheer me thinks.

“How do I enter?”  I hear you ask. It’s a logical question. Just leave a comment on this post by 11:59pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time on Christmas Day (25 December 2012), not forgetting that we live in the future here, and answer this question:

What inspires you to sew your own clothes rather than buy them? 

Please make sure you include an email address/some method of contact in your comment too – I need to know how to stalk get in touch if you’re the winner. Then, Hannah and I will choose our favourite answer – I can feel the power rush going straight to my head 😉 – and the winner will be announced on the blog in the days after Christmas. That said, it is the crazy crazy Christmas season, so if we’re a little bit late, please forgive us and know that it’s all happening behind the scenes. 

That’s it my lovely sewing friends.

My best wishes to you and yours over the holiday season and into 2013. Please stay safe, be jolly and enjoy it.

Z xx


38 Responses to “Finished: Dove T, and a Christmas giveaway!”

  1. Dawn Mason December 18, 2012 at 8:40 PM #

    I would love to have the pattern for the dove T x

  2. Lisaa December 18, 2012 at 8:53 PM #

    I’d love to try this pattern! I love the fabrc you used, so graphic! The thing that inspires me is that I can now make clothing that has the exact shape, details, fabric an colour I’m looking for. And I love getting good at something!

  3. poppykettle December 18, 2012 at 9:04 PM #

    Ummm – that fabric freakin rocks!! And can’t get over how well this style suits you. I’m not sure it would be as flattering on me, but hey, I’ll give it a whirl. I sew because I get the fit and the fabrics I want and can’t get in the shops! That, and its hella fun, and I’ve made heaps of new friends doing it. Talk about win win!

  4. Anna Aasbjerg December 18, 2012 at 9:05 PM #

    Love your choice of fabric for your T!! What inspires me the most to make my own clothes must be the “fit-issue”. Having a curvy figure but not being plus-size is hard to match up with ready-to-wear-items! Especially jeans and dresses with a proper fit are hard to find!
    I would love to win the T-pattern, as I would consider it the perfect start-up project, for when my arm is post-op. I wish you a very happy chistmas! 🙂

    • ZoSews December 26, 2012 at 2:02 PM #

      I struggle with jeans too… waistband always gapes at the back 😦 Hope you had a lovely Christmas!

  5. HouseOFpinheiro (@HouseOFpinheiro) December 18, 2012 at 9:19 PM #

    Yeahhh Its lovely.. that fabric is so awesome… i got to have some too!

    I really like how it suits you. I seen the pattern on the page and didn’t really sparkle until I saw yours.. Now I want it!!!

    • ZoSews December 26, 2012 at 2:03 PM #

      I’m delighted to have inspired 🙂

  6. Sanj December 19, 2012 at 12:19 AM #

    I sew for the fabric. It’s a bit of a rush, when I finally find precisely the fabric I had in mind for a project…. And then I add it to the pile like the dragon in The Hobbit. I’m a bit obsessed with fabric. When I do complete a project, an angel chorus sounds because it’s a Christmas miracle.

    • ZoSews December 26, 2012 at 2:04 PM #

      hahaha, fabric’s a rush for me too! Especially when you finally find something you’ve been searching for for a while 🙂

  7. Caroline Hicks December 19, 2012 at 3:23 AM #

    I make my own clothes because I love the process of matching patterns with fabrics and putting everything together. I also really love the satisfaction of looking at my wardrobe and knowing that I made the majority of it. Plus, I don’t like the ethics of how a lot of RTW clothing is manufactured, so it helps to be a bit more removed from that world. Thanks for the opportunity, and love the fabric you chose!

    • ZoSews December 26, 2012 at 2:07 PM #

      I’m the same Caroline, I love to take my time considering pattern layout etc, I find it relaxing – and it plays to my obsessive side a bit 🙂

  8. melanie December 19, 2012 at 5:40 AM #

    What inspires you to sew your own clothes rather than buy them? 

    I started sewing about 1 year ago, I didn’t know a thing about sewing machine or anything related to sewing at that time …
    My mum had a sewing machine, old but still in the box, she bought that hoping one day one of her kids will use it …
    I needed some tops and shorts (casual day/home wear type clothing) and I just took the machine out of the box, played around for a day or two figuring out how to “sew”, and then whipped up some tops and shorts from whatever cheap fabrics I had, I didn’t use any sewing patterns, just using my “intuition” lol … They served their purposes and that was it …

    A few months after that I stumbled upon a sewing blog, Gertie’s I think, and I was “amazed” that a sewing machine can produce garments like those …
    So I began “collecting” sewing patterns thinking that if I use a patterns then “magically” everything I sew will be like those on the store … Lol …

    Kinda suprising to me when the clothing I sew from a pattern, didn’t fit me well and just looked awful …
    Then, I started to google about sewing, reading sewing blogs, and then I think my “goal” changes, from just wanting not to spend a lot of money for just homewear type of clothing, to wanting to create something “good” that I’ll be “proud” to say (or just know) that my hands made those … They might not be perfect or even not as good as those made by more experienced/skilled seamstress, but at least I know and have done the best I can …

    • ZoSews December 26, 2012 at 2:12 PM #

      I love that you just cracked on out and made some shorts, I couldn’t do that, must know exactly what I’m doing at all times hahaha. Gertie’s was one of the first sewing blogs I ever found too 🙂 It is very satisfying when you finish a garment that you’re proud of! I like to think that I’m working towards creating garments of a quality and I could never consistently afford.

  9. gingermakes December 19, 2012 at 5:49 AM #

    Ahhh! This is gorgeous! Love the fabric! And you look great in it! Don’t enter me in the giveaway, though, cause I’m up to my ears in patterns already! 🙂

  10. ShanniLoves... December 19, 2012 at 7:36 AM #

    Super cute top!!! Everything is so mass produced these days and you really don’t get what you pay for. Well I mean I guess you pay to look like everyone else. I love sewing my own clothes because each garment is unique. No one will ever have one like it. And I love the feeling I get when someone says, “Where did you get your skirt?” and I say “I made it!” 🙂

    • ZoSews December 26, 2012 at 2:14 PM #

      How awesome is dropping the old, ‘oh this, yeah, I made it’, line! Love the reactions 😉 And I totally agree about not getting what you pay for, even in ‘cheaper’ type stores, they want you to pay a fortune for shoddily made polyester messes…

  11. Neeno - Sew Me Love December 19, 2012 at 8:49 AM #

    I like the split at the back, sexy!

  12. acupofanouk December 19, 2012 at 8:54 AM #

    Hi Zoe, Just found your blog on Burdastyle. Absolutely love this fabric – I’m off to Spotlight today so I’ll have to look (Brisbane might not be as cool though). But I do know what you mean about Spotlight. I have found so much great fabric for Summer that I have had to layby for the first time in ages. They have some really nice silk\cotton blends but they are not cheap.
    My inspiration for sewing is mostly my fabric addiction. I was going to say “….to save money” but I buy so much fabric that it doesn’t really work out as a saving. Plus, I don’t really like a lot of the fashion out there (at least the stuff I can afford) and I don’t really want to look like everyone else. I like one of a kind…and I love the buzz when someone comments on your “gorgeous” dress\top\skirt etc and you tell them “I MADE IT”. I am a genius in the eyes of quite a few friends.

    • ZoSews December 26, 2012 at 2:19 PM #

      Brisbane will probably have more colours – down here we love our blacks 😉 Though I am trying desperately to expand my colour range!! I want to spot some of this cotton/silk blends. Sew Busy Lizzy was saying her local had silks too, but I haven’t come across any at mine yet. Heck yes, I definitely do not save money sewing hahaha! I think for gowns etc I probably would, but fabric stores are my downfall. I love the responses to ‘I made it’ – makes me feel like a genius too lol.

  13. prttynpnk December 19, 2012 at 10:46 AM #

    I love your fabric choice! My inspiration for sewing is to not be limited by what stores think that I should wear at my size and age!

    • ZoSews December 26, 2012 at 2:20 PM #

      Thank you 🙂 Pfft, yep, why should we be told what to do/wear!

  14. sewbusylizzy December 19, 2012 at 9:32 PM #

    I’ve been dying to try a woven tee. In my humid climate this would be perfect!

    • ZoSews December 26, 2012 at 2:20 PM #

      You should give it a go – very quick to sew up 🙂

  15. CherryPix December 19, 2012 at 10:18 PM #

    Adore that fabric! Spotlight here I come! I agree, they’ve lifted their game lately!

    • ZoSews December 20, 2012 at 10:09 PM #

      I heard around the traps that they got a new buyer. A hip, young dude apparently. That could be a total lie though. haha

  16. kristonlion December 20, 2012 at 4:10 AM #

    I am recently getting into making my own clothes because of the limitless possibilities! I feel like a little spoiled brat in Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory! I can get anything I want! Well, I’m still working on my technique actually, but, practice makes perfect! And it’s so fun to practice;)

    • ZoSews December 26, 2012 at 2:21 PM #

      Isn’t it fab being able to wear exactly what you want! And enjoying something that’s fun to practice.

  17. Hazel December 20, 2012 at 8:14 AM #

    Awesome giveaway! I’ve been waiting patiently until after Christmas to treat myself to some PDF patterns so I can devote some time to sewing them up, so this would be amazing to win! What inspires me to sew my own items is the sense of achievement and individuality that comes with each new make. I remember in the beginning being so proud of the garments I managed to make and expected that feeling to fade with each new project, but as my skills continue to grow I feel even more proud when I see how far I’ve come. I also love that everything I make is unique, fitted to me and that there is unlikely to be someone else wearing what I am. There is no better inspiration than the desire to build an individual, handcrafted wardrobe! x

    • ZoSews December 26, 2012 at 2:23 PM #

      Isn’t it nice that the ‘proudness’ doesn’t fade 🙂

  18. Belinda December 20, 2012 at 9:05 PM #

    Gorgeous top – I would love the receive a copy of dove t pattern! I started sewing because I could never find clothing that fit my tall frame. I can also afford more expensive fabrics when I sew my own clothing, than I could ever afford in RTW clothing!

    • ZoSews December 26, 2012 at 2:23 PM #

      Mmmmm expensive fabrics – delicious 🙂

  19. paunnet December 20, 2012 at 10:04 PM #

    I sew my own clothes for two reasons: one, the fit. I have such a hard time finding RTW clothes that fit me properly, going shopping can be very very frustrating.
    The second reason is to be able to wear exactly what I want and have envisioned in my head, without having to adapt to what stores have to offer.

    Thank you so much for the giveaway!

    • ZoSews December 26, 2012 at 2:24 PM #

      Nothing worse than a frustrating shopping trip, urgh, especially for something like jeans. Thanks for entering and sharing what inspires 🙂

  20. lisa d December 21, 2012 at 3:13 AM #

    I love sewing for the obvious reasons – hate shopping, cant find clothes to fit etc. But i love telling people ‘i made this’. people are in ahw, and thats a lovely feeling. its also lovely to give people gifts/clothes ive made. I also hate paying more than i have to for anything, especially clothes, and now i can sew i cant justify spending heaps on RTW. there are more important things i prefer spending it on.

  21. ooobop! December 28, 2012 at 10:29 PM #

    I agree with Rachel. I wasn’t rocked by this pattern until I saw your version. Amazing fabric!

    • ZoSews January 2, 2013 at 8:20 PM #

      Oooh yay! You guys flatter too much 🙂

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