Saturday, February 19, 2011

Double-gauze ice cream

My poor neglected blog! I can't believe it has been more than a month since I posted. But I have a fantastic excuse in the form of a teeny tiny wee bub making its home in my belly and making me so sick and tired in the process. My sewing machine has been gathering dust and I don't think I've ever spent this long without stitching.

But things are looking up! I'm on anti-nausea meds and I've got my sewjo back with lots of little projects planned.

I've posted about Oliver + S's ice cream blouse before. Great little pattern. I've also posted about my love of double-gauze before too. Now the two have finally met.

When my little girl had nothing to wear to a party recently I decided to make her an ice cream blouse as the pattern is so quick and simple and I knew I could finish it within a couple of hours. I thought the double-gauze would compliment it perfectly, and it does.

We had a few problems though. If you've ever worked with double gauze you'll know that it has a very loose weave. This makes it lovely and cool, but is also means that it can move out of shape a bit. In this case, the nature of the fabric meant that the two halves of the notch on the yoke wanted to go in different directions. It looks fine, but I have to be very careful when washing it. I think if I was to make this in double gauze again I would reinforce/interface the notch (same goes for any other stress areas on other garments).

On the whole though, I'm happy with this top. Here are some pics:

The completed top. The fabric is from Cosmo textiles.

Button from my stash.

Sweet pea after the party. This is a size 3 with added length, for my little giraffe :)


  1. Gorgeous Claire and I am so excited for you!(and very envious)!

  2. Glad to see you back blogging. I know what it is like at the beginning of a pregnancy. I was sick with Ella and Harry and sewing was the last thing on my mind.

  3. Gorgeous top :) And congratulations! Wonderful news. Hope your sewjo returns and that sickness stays away for the rest of the (hopefully uneventful) pregnancy!

  4. It's a beautiful top Claire! Glad you're beginning to feel beter and are both sewing and blogging again :)

  5. Yes, exciting news! It's so amazing to have a little one growing inside, isn't it? Hope you continue to feel well. Do you plan to find out if you'll be sewing pink or blue in the future?

  6. Congratulations!!!!

    and as usual, a beautiful piece