Laughing up my sleeve

I’ve finally finished this one.

I’ve been working on it off and on for a few days, doing as much as I could each time before the eye gave out. I cut it all out on impulse before eye surgery, as a sort of distraction from pre-op nerves. Now, it feels almost like a secret sewing project, since I haven’t posted anything about it before, mainly because I had no idea how long it would take.

You may recognise the pattern, this time with a longer sleeve length than the Mango & Papaya top I made earlier. Speaking of sleeves, what do you think? Bright, aren’t they? I bought two half-metre pieces of Kaffe Fassett fabric from his Artisan range for Westminster Fibers. It’s gorgeous, but not cheap (AU$29/metre). One piece was this blue version, and the other is the same print, but in bright orange. In order to make something wearable from the small quantities, I also bought this blender fabric in the same blue. I didn’t have a plan or the pattern at the time, I just wanted to make something that didn’t involve totally cutting up the print.

By shortening the long sleeve from the pattern options, I was able to squeeze both sleeves out of just half the fabric, leaving me a reasonable amount to make something quilty with. I couldn’t resist the acid green binding for this top too, the remainder of what I made for M&P. It’s a great match for colour in the big print, and gives the neckline a bit of zing. The top probably wouldn’t work in northern Europe without sunglasses, but here in the very bright sunshine of a tropical summer, it’s just another colourful garment.

Now I need to get some fabric to go with the other colourway. I still have some coral pink binding from the sleeveless top variant I made from this pattern (did I show that one? I don’t think I did). I reckon coral and orange would work nicely… The question is, same top again, or something different this time? I have a pattern I haven’t tried yet which might utilise the print panel nicely.

Right, on with the next thing!

PS: the eye’s definitely mending. For those who wanted a status update, here’s the new yellow/ brown colourway!

64 thoughts on “Laughing up my sleeve

  1. First up …. your top is gorgeous and I love love love the colours… the sleeve design is spectacular… glad you took a bit of time doing it and favour given to the eyes.
    The healing process is going well … again Don’t over strain the eyes please… πŸ₯°

  2. jeanswenson says:

    Loving on that sleeve fabric! Such a pretty shirt and it looks so comfy too!

    • katechiconi says:

      It is gorgeous, isn’t it? I do feel it might be a bit too much for an entire garment (maybe the border of a skirt?) but in small quantities it really zings. It is a very, very comfy pattern.

  3. Love!! And clever too – I would never have thought of just a little touch.
    I’ve just picked up a really good tip πŸ™‚ Thank you. So good to see the eye is mending nicely.

  4. Elaine says:

    Love your new top! Those colors ~

  5. magpiesue says:

    I LOVE this top! Brilliant use of the Kaffe print, and I love the lime green binding around the neck again. Looking forward to seeing what you do with the orange version of the Kaffe print. Meanwhile, I’m glad your eye is looking better. I couldn’t bear to look at any previous photos you may have shared. I am a wimp of the first order.

    • katechiconi says:

      I’m completely in love with this pattern! Two versions of the front, one with lots of tucks and one with just a few and a neck slit, two sleeve lengths and no sleeves, and options for different lengths. I’ll be using a different pattern for the orange fabric, though; I want to use a bit less this time and make something particular with the rest of the fabric.

  6. anne54 says:

    I love this top Kate. πŸ’•Clever you, of course! The colours really zing, but I think the bright summer sunshine of FNQ can carry it.

    • katechiconi says:

      It certainly doesn’t look OTT in the bright sunshine. I had to crop out all the bright pink and green leaves, the red and yellow flowers, etc, so really, I wasn’t even the brightest thing there!

  7. A surprisingly different effect by changing the sleeves and fabric selections, this version looks so much dressier than the mango & papaya.

  8. Absolutely love those prints and colours together – you look fabulous. So glad the eye is healing well. I insist on wearing bright colours in our grey climate (UK) I really don’t understand why our clothing in general is so dull. I wish I was better at dressmaking as bright coloured clothes can be hard can be hard to find here.

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s definitely a climate thing. I can’t find decent knitwear in Queensland. I’m not talking about huge Aran sweaters, just anything not made of acrylic! And ‘winter’ clothes here are dull and dark…

  9. nanacathy2 says:

    I adore this top, it’s got a presence all of its own and you look amazing. Love the sleeves and the neckline. Good to see the eye is healing nicely.

  10. tialys says:

    Brilliant – in both senses of the word – use of that lovely fabric. I’m admiring those pin tucks too.

  11. claire93 says:

    everywhere is getting drab & grey here, with winter on its way . . . so how lovely to see some gorgeous colour!
    Love the idea of using the print fabric for sleeves and another for body.

    • katechiconi says:

      I’m just so glad I was able to find the blender fabric to match the print. It makes it look ‘meant’ rather than flung together! And it’s such a gorgeous periwinkle blue, too.

  12. Lynda says:

    This is perfect for summer and I love the colors! I never think of these ideas. Why don’t I ever get inspired when it comes to clothing? Seems I always fall back to the tried and true T-tops and blue jeans. Perhaps I just get intimidated by trying to fit my shape at 66?

    Your eye is healing really fast! πŸ™‚

    • katechiconi says:

      For so many years I lived and worked in corporate clothing, in black or grey. Still love them, but this climate begs for bright colours, and now I can indulge myself. I seem to live in white pants or shorts and brightly coloured tops (Queensland woman’s daily uniform!). And a year off 60, I feel now it’s more important to assert my personality and choices than it is to wear the most flattering clothes. Go comfort, go colour!

  13. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    Your tunic is really gorgeous !! And you are looking good.

  14. cazinatutu says:

    Do I detect Hubble taking this photo from a sitting down position? The lower angle is much more flattering.

  15. Sharon says:

    Love the blouse and love that the eye is healing πŸ™‚

  16. Dayphoto says:

    Very nice! I always enjoy seeing what you come up with “NEXT”. Speaking of seeing…your eye seems to be healing nicely! YAY! On to full health, now!

  17. kathyreeves says:

    This is so you Kate! Looks great, and I’m happy to hear that the eye is finally moving in the right direction !

  18. You are keeping that sewing machine warmed up! The shorter sleeves was a great idea to save fabric. I love the fun fabric too:). But I love the model most of all!!❀️❀️

  19. I have never been one to wear bright colors but I LOVE that top. Especially the 3/4 sleeve. I always have my arms covered and my sleeves get wet doing dishes. ;( Just looking at your top makes me happy. Love the pintucks. So glad to see the eye mending. Keep up the good healing work.

  20. LOOKING GREAT (top photo) and I am glad to hear your eye is doing better. Do you have a date for surgery? (Maybe if I had read earlier posts instead of the most recent I would know.) πŸ™‚

  21. I LOVE this top. What a great way to use the showy fabric!! Fun and effective. Good work. Hope you’re healing up well from the surgery. xoxo

    • katechiconi says:

      Thanks! I love the fabric, but it would have been too much for a whole top (for me, anyway). The eye is fully mended, just a small scar on the lid which you can’t see unless you’re right up in my face, and the blurriness is all gone. Great result πŸ™‚

  22. It’s lovely… I think the colours would work well here in dull and dreary west Wales – we need some brightening up!

  23. Moira says:

    Love that top! Makes me want to sew some tops for me…..well if I had any time to actually sew for myself which I don’t at present. What pattern is it?

  24. Joanne S says:

    What a great pattern – and kudos on the sleeve! Kaffe fabric selections have such beautiful patterns and bright colors. πŸ™‚

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