Cutting the Mustard

I’ve been busy behind the patchwork block and crocheted blanket scenes with a bit of dressmaking.

I think I showed you my cutting table laid out with some goldy mustard coloured viscosey crepey fabric  – stop me if I’m getting too technical.  I bought it several years ago and meant to make something with it last autumn when the colour was ‘in’ but luckily, a year later, it still seems to be ‘in’.  Not that I particularly care if it’s ‘in’ or ‘out’ but I think it’s a good, autumn colour in any case and I might as well move it out of my stash while the stars are aligned.

I recently bought this ‘Libby Shirt’ pattern from Sew Over It which I thought would  work well with this drapey fabric.   I usually wear very fitted tops so this boxy shape is a bit of a departure for me but I have identified a gap in my wardrobe for looser fitting blouses.  (Mr. Tialys laughed like a drain at the thought I might have a ‘gap’ in my wardrobe because, as far as he can tell, there’s no space in there at all). 

I liked the options of having a cropped straight front with slightly longer back or being able to lengthen and slightly curve the front and, in this instance, I went for the latter option. The sleeves are ‘grown on’ so no fiddling about needed there although the cuffs are added separately.  The collar is notched and is a partial stand collar and I really like the look of it though,  I must confess, the construction was a bit ‘odd’ and I think I had more trouble with it than I had constructing a ‘full’ stand collar in a previous project.  However, I have since made a skirt and cut out a different top so the reasons why I found it fiddly are now lost and therefore this observation will be of no help to anybody – sorry!  I would say that Lisa of Sew Over It has produced a tutorial to explain the construction of the collar more thoroughly and the additional photographs and more detailed instructions online definitely helped which is good because I will probably make at least one more for next Summer as I have quite a bit of Liberty tana lawn in my stash which would work very nicely with this pattern.

My ‘me’ mannequin (in that it is adjusted to my measurements)  is good for displaying the features.  I didn’t have the exact same colour of mustard buttons in my stash and couldn’t find any in the shop so went for these lighter ones which I think lifts the expanse of solid mustard a bit.  I can always change them later if I spot the perfect ones somewhere, though we all know that’s not going to happen and I’ll never get round to removing the ones I’ve already sewn on.  Let’s be honest.

A nice feature on the back of the blouse is the slightly gathered yoke and curved hem.

An action shot – or at least that’s what Stan is hoping it will be once I stop posing, pick the ball up and start playing with him.

Not sure whether Mlle. Tialys the Younger is holding the camera at an angle or the tree is doing a leaning tower of Pisa impersonation but it does appear as if I’m trying to stop it from falling over which might explain my slightly pained expression.

Next up – in the dressmaking category – will be my second attempt at working with corduroy (also ‘in’ this autumn – nobody can say I don’t try to keep up) and, if you remember my previous encounter with said fabric here – an extract from which below –  you may wonder why.

Meanwhile, the cutting of the cord – so to speak – had resulted in a black dust that had settled over every single surface in my workroom.  It was under my fingernails and on my skin – in the evening when I used a cleanser on my face, the resulting cotton pad gave me a shock until I remembered I hadn’t been toiling up chimney stacks like a female version of Bert in Mary Poppins (although more authentically cockney) but just chancing my arm with black corduroy in my workroom.

So, I re-cut another toile in a cloud of black fibres and it was at this stage, laying the pattern pieces on for a second time, I forgot about ‘nap’ which has resulted in a couple of variations in the shade of black which may or may not be noticeable enough to bother me although Mr. Tialys picked me up on it straight away as men tend to do.

Though it worked out well enough in the end.


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  1. #1 by nanacathy2 on October 21, 2018 - 12:14

    Well look at you, don’t you look just fantastic- gap in wardrobe closing nicely! I love the stone dog too, almost as much as my lion. I find myself recently wishing I had gate posts so I could have a couple of griffins. Totally digressing, much impressed by your new tops.

    • #2 by tialys on October 21, 2018 - 12:47

      Probably my most well behaved dog and also rescued – though from a salvage yard rather than a refuge in this case.

  2. #3 by claire93 on October 21, 2018 - 12:27

    that’s a very versatile looking top, and most definitely what was missing from your wardrobe!

    • #4 by tialys on October 21, 2018 - 12:48

      Yes, I think it would look good in slinkier fabrics and also in fine cotton – all of which I have in my stash so will definitely be making more.

  3. #5 by katechiconi on October 21, 2018 - 12:36

    I do like that mustard top on you very much. It’s totally not my colour, but I caught myself thinking how nice it would look with a pair of navy cropped pants. It’s a very versatile pattern, and I think you’re dead right, it’d look great in lawn as well, perfect for the really hot summer weather.

    • #6 by tialys on October 21, 2018 - 12:51

      Mustard and navy is an excellent colour combo. I used it in my second F2F quilt if you remember and Mr. Tialys was very pleased with it for his ‘London’ flat. I’ve made a skirt with needlecord in an aubergine colour (yet to post about) and think that will also go well with the mustard.

      • #7 by katechiconi on October 21, 2018 - 13:04

        Ooh, yes, good combination. Plum is good too…

  4. #8 by Lindashee on October 21, 2018 - 13:35

    They both look lovely ! Nice work

  5. #10 by Wild Daffodil on October 21, 2018 - 14:24

    Wow! So clever. You look great in both.

    • #11 by tialys on October 21, 2018 - 20:04

      Thank you – I must wear the black top more often – I sort of hung it up in the wardrobe and forgot about it last year.

  6. #12 by craftycreeky on October 21, 2018 - 15:17

    Love this, so tempted to order the pattern 🙂

    • #13 by tialys on October 21, 2018 - 20:02

      I think it will be lovely in floatier fabric in spring/summer.

  7. #14 by Pat on October 21, 2018 - 16:05

    Looking good Lynn! X

  8. #16 by thecontentedcrafter on October 21, 2018 - 19:41

    Oh ha! I have made using corduroy in the long ago past – when it was first ‘IN’ probably – with the same dust results. Ghastly stuff! But it looks fabulous on you. (I wish I had your figure!) Boxy tops would make me look like a ……box 🙂 and mustard is a horrid colour on me – so the mustard is out too…… I’ll just throw the ball for Stan. This just became all about me, for which I’m very sorry as you are clearly very clever and your wardrobe is clearly a little less gapped. 🙂

    • #17 by tialys on October 21, 2018 - 20:01

      I think it must depend on the quality of the corduroy because I’ve just made a skirt in aubergine needlecord which made hardly any dust – relatively speaking. It’s funny how almost everybody says mustard doesn’t suit them – I didn’t really think about whether it suited me, just went for it, but hopefully somebody will tell me if I’ve made a faux pas.

      • #18 by thecontentedcrafter on October 22, 2018 - 00:31

        I have a friend who wears mustard with almost everything and she always looks fabulous – fear not!

  9. #19 by mariannasew2pro on October 21, 2018 - 21:41

    One of my favourite outfits of this summer just gone was turmeric top with navy trousers (the colours do go so well together) and I bought a mustard coat last January so I totally get the fascination with this autumnal, very fashionable colour. Like you I tend to favour a fitted upper half but you’re not at all overpowered by this shape and it does look relaxed and on-trend. Nice work!

    • #20 by tialys on October 23, 2018 - 09:27

      Funnily enough, I bought a mustard coat in a posh charity shop when I was in the U.K. last year and I really like it but it’s not that thick and, where I am in France, it’s either too hot to wear a coat, cool enough for maybe just a jacket or too cold for anything other than something resembling a duvet. Maybe I’ll get some wear out of it leading up to Christmas when it’s not overly nippy.
      Next up on the cutting table a mustard corduroy skirt.

      • #21 by mariannasew2pro on October 23, 2018 - 11:40

        My mustard coat is as thick as a duvet! Do let’s meet up when you’re next around, if you have time.

      • #22 by tialys on October 23, 2018 - 12:56

        That would be great, if possible. We could cut a mustard dash together. 👭

  10. #23 by jendavismiller on October 21, 2018 - 22:07

    Love your mustard blouse! It’s one of my favorite colors, and that’s a great pattern, very flattering. I’m also one who feels mustard doesn’t suit, but it’s so pretty I think there will be some coming my way soon, no matter what. Also love the corduroy blouse, and the canines…real or stony.

    • #24 by tialys on October 23, 2018 - 09:16

      If you don’t feel it suits you, there’s always the bottom half to clothe – what about a skirt?

      • #25 by jendavismiller on October 23, 2018 - 19:56

        Well, I’ve seen mustard-y leggings that are fun. Oh, I know the perfect skirt pattern! I may be on my way to mustard land. Stay tuned…..

  11. #26 by anne54 on October 21, 2018 - 22:39

    Great job ~ it looks fantastic, even if there were fiddly bits. You are right about the buttons; they break up the mustard just enough. I bought a mustard top. It’s made of bamboo (so double fashion points right there!) and is great for spring/autumn weather. Then I went and dribbled some sauce on it, so now I have to get rid of those spots ☹️

    • #27 by tialys on October 23, 2018 - 09:15

      Oops! That usually happens to me if I’m wearing white. I hope you managed to get rid of those spots.

  12. #28 by Nanette on October 22, 2018 - 00:04

    That’s what Mirrhi would do……drop the ball and wait, because ‘you’re outside and obviously need something better to do than hold a tree up’. I think the mustard works well on you, and they ‘re great shirts, nice to have clothes that are not mass produced and just for you that you feel good about just pulling on.

    • #29 by tialys on October 23, 2018 - 09:14

      Stan is a little over obsessed with ball games. There is no relaxing in the garden allowed because he will come and drop a saliva covered ball in your lap and then stare at you – for a very, very long time – until you throw it for him.

  13. #30 by Nanette on October 24, 2018 - 05:34

    Mirrhi keeps the ball near her…..thank goodness, no slobby messes in my lap……and talks, grunts and yodels very softly, which all rise in pitch if I take no notice. What sort of mix is Stan?

    • #31 by tialys on October 24, 2018 - 09:30

      Your guess would be as good as mine!

  14. #32 by Nanette on October 24, 2018 - 21:14

    Poor Stan 🙂

  15. #33 by sewchet on October 25, 2018 - 11:02

    Ooh, look at you AND Mr H-L picking out ‘Mustard’ – it must be nice to know you’re so On Trend!! Loving the fit of the black corduroy, too – I wish I had a waist….

    • #34 by tialys on October 25, 2018 - 12:13

      I haven’t really worn that black shirt since I made it – it was supposed to be a toile although it is definitely wearable enough. I want to make the dress version next and already have the silver grey needlecord washed and ready to go -hopefully it won’t create quite so much dust as the black stuff did. I’ve also got some mustard cord for a skirt. There’s no stopping me on the fashion train I’m on at the moment. 😊

      • #35 by sewchet on October 25, 2018 - 12:59

        At least the dust from those won’t be mistaken for flea dirt!!

  16. #36 by dezertsuz on October 26, 2018 - 06:02

    Your sense of humor always tickles me so. The blouse looks quite attractive on you, and I like the contrasting buttons.

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