What, Who is Fibre Mood you ask?
It's a brand new sewing community. Their aim is to encourage more people to sew their own stylish wardrobe.
Well isn't that a great goal, so I was more than happy to jump on the bandwagon.
Fibre Mood is planning to release regular sewing patterns, style advice and much more starting from the 22nd of August.
But to kick-start this new initiative they have organised a link party to spread this exciting news within the global sewing community.
So a group of seamstresses were asked to try out their first pattern: The Frances, on oversized top with gathered sleeves, and a deeper neckline at the back.
This is a free sewing pattern that is available to everyone, you can download it here.
You can see what everyone has been sewing here on the link party page.
So here is my Frances top.
I must admit, I don't really like loose-fitting tops. There is nothing wrong with them, I just don't like to wear them. It's just not "my thing".
So I tweaked it a bit.
Instead of the curved back hem, I left the bottom straight, gathered it a bit and then added a waistband elastic.
I searched for examples online but could not find anyone who had done this before. So this idea was either silly, or revolutionary! Well not quite that, but I do like how it looks and I like stretchy waistband on the hips, yes that is my thing!
I used a Crepe fabric from Atelier Brunette (Cobalt) which is soft and has just the right amount of elegant drape.
The pattern asks for quite a bit of fabric because the neckline is finished with bias binding. Instead of using the same fabric, I used a more economical option and just used a black copper bias binding from the store.
I made sure the overlap of the bias matched the shoulder seam, so I can wear the top back to front as well if I want to.
I forgot the add seam allowance to the neckline so it ended up a bit wider than expected, but with the added strip of "bling", I think it looks fine.
Now I'll just have to wait for spring to get to wear it! (hence the terrible indoor photos)
Pattern: Frances by Fibre Mood, size small
Fabric: 1.35m of Viscose Crepe Cobalt from Atelier Brunette
Waistband elastic: 1m of black with copper, from See You At Six.
Bias Binding: 1m of black copper