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A long sleeved Onyx in Red or Dead fabric

3/4 sleeve onyx shirt

Another instalment in the occassional series of Franca braves the Scottish winter to take pictures of summer/indoor clothes outside.

This is an Onyx top, lengthened and with three quarter length sleeves.

Remember how for a while all I made was onyx tops? This is the pattern pieces for the tunic length version I made two years ago. I commented at the time that it was a bit tight on the hips, and it is still that. Obviously I never got round to actually making it again and adding the width and two years later I had forgotten all about it.

3/4 sleeve onyx shirt
That’s it pulled down to its full length – you can see how tight it is

I’m not really sure what to do about it: I could shorten it five cms which would remove the tightness, or I could leave it just now and hope that once I start exercising properly again (I have done almost nothing since starting work again, due to illness and weather) I will lose a couple of cms, which is all I need I reckon. My legs and bum are looking particularly round just now! I turned it under for some of the photos to see what it would look like shortened, and I definitely prefer the longer length.

3/4 sleeve onyx shirt
3/4 sleeve onyx shirt

I made this in less than three hours while on a sewing afternoon at Helen‘s, in her beautiful new kitchen! It’s not often I do uninterupted sewing like that, it’s nice to have an actual time estimate. This does not include cutting out, which I did the night before. I very optimistically cut out two tops (the other is a seamwork akita), but of course I didn’t get anywhere near the second one. I might need a flexi day for that.

3/4 sleeve onyx shirt

The fabric is some Red or Dead stuff I bought years and years ago. I think I had planned to make a Chardon skirt with it, so it’s 1.3 or 1.4 metre. I did have to slightly shorten the main pattern pieces before cutting and was only able to do 3/4 length sleeves. There was a point where I would not have said those colours are ‘me’ because of the cool-toned green, but actually I really like it.

3/4 sleeve onyx shirt
I originally tried to take pictures in front of the big door of the Blind School (my photo taking spot until it’s taken over by developers), but to be able to get the stone carving in, I had to zoom out so much there wasn’t much of actual me in the pictures.

3/4 sleeve onyx shirt

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