Sewing Simplicity 1699 and old Tractors
A Saturday afternoon visit to our local annual steam rally comes in handy for three reasons:
#1 the 13 year old gets to bring a friend and they ‘geek out’ on the vintage tractors and tanks.
#2 TOH gets to drink cider and ‘geek out’ on the vintage tractors of his childhood.
#3 I get a brilliant backdrop plus an eager photographer to document my latest sew. I also get to drink cider and ‘geek out’ on all the handsome tractor drivers! Win win or what?
Pattern: Simplicity 1699 a multi outfit pattern came free with Sew home and style magazine. Initially I tossed it aside, until deciding I needed to sew a denim top with a contrasting collar. This pattern featured a top with a peplum and a contrasting collar. I chose to sew both features in the same contrasting fabric.
Fabric: I used a lightweight dark denim, with a contrasting 100% cotton, from a range called ‘A little bird told me’ designed by Bryan Taphouse for Lewis and Irene. The colourways are beautiful, mustards and lilac highlighted by subtle hues of coral and cream.
Sewing: An easy sew: I have now made two versions of this top, both times I lengthened the peplum and and the bodice. Next time I will make the dress and lengthen the bodice again. I am long waisted but this does seem to have a very high waist? I also very carefully placed the collar pieces to highlight the birds on the front of the collar…
All the fun of the fair then?… did I mention the dog came too. Everyone was happy!