Another day, another Dartmouth

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I’ve just realized I dont need to iron this top….oh yeah!

In what could well be a first, I not only made a muslin, I then took onboard some advice & altered my pattern for the next make. What a difference it makes!

While I was actually pretty happy with my first Dartmouth ,  it was a wee bit loose around the bust. I am often bang on pattern waist & hip measurements, but slightly smaller in the bust. In this instance the difference was exactly one size, so I put my big girl pants on & bravely graded between the bust & waist. Actually it wasn’t particularly tricky, I just drew a (hopefully curvy not wobbly ?) line between size 16 down to 18 at the waist. I think it worked a treat!

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Well it made sense to me…

The fabric is a sumptuous drape  Liberty jersey in a wonderful “splatter” print. Now I wont lie, this fabric is pricey. Enough to make me take the trouble to get my fit right before I cut into it, even then I had to have a few sips of Chardonnay to get me on my way (just a few sips, sewing while lashed will generally always end in tears/lacerations)

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Just standing around in heels in the garden as you do…

I’m thrilled with the result. Ironing? In my house that’s Mr PK on his special ultra tall & wide American ironing board  , slowing (glacially!!) doing his shirts watching NRL on a Sunday (you should have seen his face when I slipped my new fav dress onto the ironing pile) . Me at 7 am? Jersey please. A perfect top for work with nice pants , or the weekend with jeans. I love the higher neckline, flattering but totally work appropriate for a law firm. I like the length,  long enough for no ride up issues as I  dont tend to tuck, but with skirts it might work a little shorter.

More jersey please!?

Kristina xxx


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P.S What I do when I’m not sewing/baking/dodging housework? Make headboards of course. This weekends project, a one day workshop with my BFF, so much fun! If your in NZ check out Mollies Make & Create for details.




  1. PsychicSewerKathleen says:

    Beautiful Dartmouth! I haven’t made mine yet…I’ve been on a blouse making binge (including 2 Harrisons 🙂 and now I’m making up my second Rosa by Tilly) so I’ve been working with wovens – mostly Liberty cotton lawn that I have fallen totally in love with I must say. I’ll take note that you found your first Darmouth a bit big across the bust – I was hoping it would be about the same sizing as my Harrison 🙂


    1. plumkitchen says:

      Thanks! Oh liberty lawn, how lovely!


  2. Therese says:

    Very flattering on you, LOVE the pattern & drape of the material — you’ve inspired me to get & make this pattern which is amazing since I don’t usually like wrap tops!! Thanks for the inspiration!


    1. plumkitchen says:

      Thanks!it’s a great pattern, so mice to wear & easy to sew, even for a knit newbie🖒


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