The Bird Massacre Top aka Sutton Blouse

Confession #1 this isn’t my first Sutton Blouse, I made another one before this, but there was a bit of a saga…

Sutton Blouse 1

I printed the pattern at work (we all do that right? It’s like a staff perk!), however little did I realise for the first time ever the printer scaled the pattern to (I think) 120% ish. Of course I didn’t figure this out until the blouse was cut out and sewn together.  At the first try on, I realized I had inadvertently made a nightie.  Much “grading” and adjustments later I made it into a wearable garment. I figured there was no point sharing it as it’s not accurate to the pattern. Besides it’s boring plain white, and this one has birds on it!!

Sutton Blouse 2

This version, my Bird Massacre top, is from the now corrected pattern pieces. Confession #2 – I was too lazy to re-print them, but I am now happy with this version.

The fabric is from Spotlight and is sold as “polyester that feels like silk”. I agree it does feel lovely and floaty and it’s not scary to wash at all so that’s a bonus.

I used a bias trim for the neckline, seams and sleeve trim.

Sutton Blouse 3

You might have noticed I have a different location for these pics – following Gillian’s quest for better blog pictures, I thought I’d try some indoors. Mostly because it is too flipping hot to wear pants and closed in shoes outside!!

Sutton Blouse 4

Here’s me looking nonchalant 😉 Bwahaha!

This is a great little versatile top and is a great length to wear with jeans/pants. There will definitely be more as it’s quite a wardrobe staple.

Confession #3 – many birds were slaughtered in the making of this top!

True Comfort

I love to be comfortable at home, just bumming around in clothes that I can sit cross legged in. When I saw the new Hudson Pants pattern from True Bias I got excited. Now I know it might be weird to get excited about what essentially are trackpants. But I like that these are funky and have style. Even to the point that I would leave the house in them.

Hudson Pants
Obligatory Kelli pose!

I made my version out of a lovely merino fleece from The Fabric Store. Perfect winter fabric and it is a dream to sew with and wear.

Side note: This time of year it is starting to get cold, ok it’s not cold by other country’s standards but our homes are not built for the cold so we feel it more. A large number of our houses don’t have insulation, most don’t have built in heating and I have never seen a home in Australia with double glazing. So I feel I can be a little bit justified in saying it is cold when it’s getting down to 8 degrees at night.

Hudson Pants

I cut the size 14 based on my hip measurements and made no other adjustments. Mine are a little bigger than Kelli’s so perhaps I would go down a size next time, although this would depend a lot on the fabric choice. My fabric has a fair amount of stretch. I would also shorten them slightly next time. The pattern is designed for someone 5’5″ and I am 5’2″, I thought I might get away with it (and they are not bad) but maybe 1.5″ off for next time. Also due to me being short, they don’t sit on my hips like others, they sit closer to my waist, but I am fine with that.

Hudson Pants

The pants came together really quickly and I even followed the instructions, which are extremely detailed with diagrams, great for a beginner. Plus Kelli just did a sewalong if you need more.

The trickiest part I found was feeding the cord through, not so much difficult but awkward, it hurt my hands and then my safety pin came undone (gah!). I managed to use my trusty turning instrument (long metal stick with a hook at the end) to fish it out.

Hudson Pant

I have read some people have had difficulty styling these pants but I find they work well with Mandy Boat Tee style tees or I made a Plantain tee (above) with a high-low hem and I like that combination too.

Hudson Pants
Hudson Pants

I love the waistband detail and the 2″ elastic makes it super comfortable to wear. You will see I have added cord pullers as I found them in my stash, I think they add a professional touch. Note: a yard of elastic was plenty and I only needed 1.5yds of cord.

I have worn these pants all day, including to the grocery store, and I am in love. I cannot wait to make a capri version for spring!

Pattern – Hudson Pants pattern by True Bias
Fabric – 1.4m of merino from The Fabric Store
Notions – 1m x 2″ wide elastic, 1.5m cord, 2 x cord pullers