Tuesday 23 February 2021

The Assembly Line Cuff Shirt


I have had this pattern for a little while now and finally made it up over the weekend. Called  'The Cuff Top" it is from Swedish company , The Assembly Line, who specialise in modern minimalistic designs.

This pattern has to be one of the most popular shirt patterns out there.  Its described by The Assembly Line as:

Easy and satisfying to make yet elegant, the Cuff Top is our most loved pattern and almost addictive to make. It has a straight fit and cap sleeves with wide elastic cuffs. The smaller size range comes with a boat neck and the larger size range has a keyhole opening with button at back.

It is a very easy make, probably the most difficult part was attaching and stretching the elastic for those lovely cuffs. My measurements were at the upper end of the XS sizing so I decided I'd make the S size. I think that I probably could have gotten away with making the XS size, it is quite a boxy fit.  I love the sleeves, but feel as thought here is a little excess fabric across the bust and under the arms.  I was also undecided as to whether the high boat neck would annoy me, but after wearing it for a full day at work including with a lanyard of keys and ID cards, I have decided it doesn't.  I have to admit I do find a boxy style of shirt quite difficult to wear with the garments in my wardrobe.  I am tempted to try making it again in the smaller size, perhaps in a slightly drapier fabric too.

Friday 12 February 2021

Still Grooving Along


I'm slowly making progress with my Groove is in the Heart quilt I started back here.  I actually prepared 14 heart halves that I took away to Mangawhai Heads to sew up, and only completed two, so have been stitching away quietly these past few evenings at home.  I've made 21 out of 49 blocks so far, it's going to be a big quilt one day . I'm feeling it's looking a bit flat compared to the original quilt that inspired me here, so am going to need to work out what it needs to give it a little more pizazz.  Hopefully by the time I've made another few blocks it's looking a little brighter and more me.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend wherever you are.  Thinking of my friends in Melbourne who are entering a five day lockdown.

Stay safe, wear a mask.
Kia Kaha.

Monday 8 February 2021

Mangawhai Heads Holiday


View from our tentsite -looking out to the heads

Enjoying the calm and peace in the morning

An amazing retro bach 

Trying stand up paddle boarding

Getting ready to kick those jandals off and race into the waves

I've just returned from a week camping at Mangawhai Heads in Northland, with The Scout and Mr J. Unfortunately Miss B wasn't able to come with us,  so Mr J took a friend along for company.  We were lucky to have a beachfront tent site, so I enjoyed reading and sitting outside most mornings in my new robe with a cuppa,  before taking myself off for a morning walk and exploring different beach/street access points.

Each afternoon we headed to the main beach and boogie boarded, then returned back to our campsite where we read, (I managed to do some hand sewing one afternoon) and played lots of card games.

I hadn't realised how much I needed a proper holiday, away from home and all the busyness that makes up my day to day life.  I'm back at work tomorrow, already wondering when I can go back.