Montrose and the builders…


Hello again! I’ve returned from a lovely relaxing holiday in Fiji

Apparently. It was three weeks ago but feels like an age. Impending Christmas will do that to you hey?

Was I really here…?

To counteract the holiday “arrgh” a new top maybe? I’ve worn and worn my previous Montrose top, so why not another version. I missed my sewing room when I was away (yes, ten whole days), so a relatively simple sew to get me back into the swing of things was perfect. Also I need to start using some of my “*how much fabric do you need???!!” (*husband) stash. Indeed.

Hangin on my new deck…

I brought this delicious Atelier Brunette double gauze from Miss MaudeΒ a month or two back. Its pricey, but I’m an absolute sucker for anything in this mustard/orange/rust/brown colour palette. If it goes with animal print you can count me in. Add the sparkle of the embroidered circle (dots?) , combined with the softness of a double gauze and I’m sold. But if you’re a lazy toile type (like me) then special fabric is best used with a pattern you trust.

Staring at the wall…as you do.

I love the curved back yoke detail on the Montrose, it adds interest, and creates a nice shape. But of course the big bonus is sleeves. That fit. Sing along with me now Hallelujah!

Sleeve tuck…and check out that tan.:)

I went off piste with the sleeves and bound the hem, to mirror the neckline binding , rather than simply folding up. Β I also added three small tucks to bring the sleeve in at the elbow. I have generous biceps, but I think a looser top (and my forearms!) Β look better with a tapered sleeve.

Result? A super cute super comfy top that works perfectly for the office, or with jeans on the weekend. In fact these pics are after a day at work, so if I look a tad crumpled that’s why.

Before shot!

If you look closely you can see I’m standing somewhat in a building site. Am I ever! We are currently adding a large deck , boardwalk, pergola & the great wall of China between us & the neighbors. Actually our neighbors are FABULOUS & have put up with noise, dirt & a digger in their back garden like champs. Fences are so invasive! Not assisted by the fact Ellerslie is basically one big volcano. The digger that was suppose to stay one day stayed three. I can tell you that’s eaten into my fabric buying budget!

First world problems.

Experience tells me its always gets worse before it gets better. Coming home to see nothing but destruction wasn’t exactly thrilling, but I trust Ben & I know when I said we were having Christmas at our place this year he was fully confident he could deliver. Or he was terrified but figured he could make it work. Either way I’m good with that!

So in the spirit of Christmas, a slightly terrifying festive shot . Your welcome.

Miri Kirihimete !

Up next, a festive Turner dress, a fab red , white & blue rayon knit. Because every girl needs a new frock for Xmas day.


Kristina x




  1. Love it! And that sleeve tuck detail is so cute, I might have to store that away in the old memory banks πŸ˜‰


    1. plumkitchen says:

      Thanks Jenny, love this pattern !😍πŸ₯‚


  2. erniek3 says:

    This is a very nice shirt. Love that color. I did not bother looking at the back of that pattern. That makes all the difference to my mind (having been playing with woven long sleeve buttonless pullover patterns all year it seems).
    Also – your sleeve/neck binding is very well considered.


    1. plumkitchen says:

      Thanks! Yes I have been practicing my binding skills, its looks so pretty! πŸ™‚


  3. Such a gorgeous top! And I just bought the green color way of this fabric – maybe I should have brought the mustard……


    1. plumkitchen says:

      Thanks, I love the green too, but I had to stop somewhere…! πŸ™‚


  4. Marlene says:

    Love the sleeve tuck AND the bound sleeve – great idea!


    1. plumkitchen says:

      Thanks! Yes very happy with it, there will be more…:)


    2. plumkitchen says:

      Thanks! Really happy with the shape it created for the sleeve:)


  5. Ann Galloway says:

    I love reading your blog. I found you yesterday while researching Cashmerette patterns.


    1. plumkitchen says:

      Thanks for reading Ann x


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