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Datura Foxes

Added Aug 15, 2013

by bethmaryharley

Singapore, Singa...






It’s been so long since I posted a project! In that time I’ve moved from Japan to sunny Singapore, but I haven’t stopped sewing! This top by Deer and Doe is the first thing I’ve made completely out of fabric from Singapore (I may have hoarded a lot of Nippori’s finest fabrics before I left Tokyo…) as I fell in love with the curious foxes on this beautiful cotton duck. I immediately knew that it would be perfect as my first Datura because the pattern is so simply tailored, the fabric can easily be a little wild! I made it pretty much exactly as written, except that I left off the bias tape joining the neckline and added an addition button to the bottom. This pattern is rated as Advanced and while it is relatively simple, the shoulders (which are entirely enclosed) are not. I wrote some more about this project on my new blog (it’s a bit sparse at the moment though!)

Material Notes

Cotton printed duck with foxes, wooden buttons, light brown cotton sheeting




Summer, Spring
Garment Type
Bohemian, Casual, Classic, Rock, Vintage

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    Aug 18, 2013, 09.38 AMby The Tropical Sewist

    Very, very quirky! Delightful neckline and print. Welcome to singapore! Have you found all the fabric haunts yet?

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      Aug 19, 2013, 12.46 AMby bethmaryharley

      Thank you! I’m very happy to be in Singapore at last! I’ve found a few fabric places (Spotlight, Arab Street, Peopl’s Park Complex), but I’m always looking out for more…!

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      Aug 20, 2013, 04.59 AMby The Tropical Sewist

      I think you’ve found all the major ones! Apart from a few small ones in Chinatown and beyond, and of course Ikea, I think you’ve got them all! Hope you’re liking it here, apart from the sewing :)

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      Aug 20, 2013, 09.06 AMby bethmaryharley

      Ha ha! I do really enjoy wandering about finding new places to haunt! I’m really loving Singapore so far! People are very friendly here and it’s so beautiful and green! :-)
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      Aug 23, 2013, 10.54 AMby The Tropical Sewist

      yay! there are a surprising number of forgotten spots for a place so tiny…i don’t think i know all of them! and the food…how are you liking the food? we’re very very proud of our food!

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      Aug 23, 2013, 11.16 AMby bethmaryharley

      Oh! The food is incredible! We found a fantastic satay place by the Gardens By The Bay (which I also really love! That Cloud Forest is heaven…!), but I’m a bit tricky because I’m a coeliac so I miss out on a good few delicious looking things. :-( Singapore really is a lovely place to be though – I really missed it when we went home to Europe for three weeks! It definitely feels like home already! :-)

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      Aug 24, 2013, 06.19 PMby The Tropical Sewist

      Oh great! So glad you are enjoying it and aren’t too disturbed by the heat. such a pity you cant enjoy all the food though. If you happen to be into thriftiness too, let me know…there are a few nice thrift shops (and also some bad ones!)

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      Aug 25, 2013, 08.01 AMby bethmaryharley

      No, the heat is fine – I’ve just had to adjust my wardrobe a bit which is more than fine! Tokyo got very very hot and humid in the summer too, and the first year I was there there was very little air con, so this is fine! :-) I’ve heard the thrift shops are amazing – a friend of mine got a wedding dress from one! – so I will definitely be taking you up on that offer once I run out of sewing steam! :-)

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    Aug 17, 2013, 12.55 AMby chillwear

    Love, love this top. Great fabric!

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      Aug 17, 2013, 05.14 AMby bethmaryharley

      Thank you! I think you have a great eye for fabric too! :-)

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    Aug 16, 2013, 10.37 AMby Milot

    Love it :) it’s cute <3

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      Aug 16, 2013, 11.03 AMby bethmaryharley

      Thank you, Milot! It really is a great pattern! :-)

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    Aug 15, 2013, 05.57 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    Very nice! I can imagine there is nobody with the same top :) Great work!

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      Aug 16, 2013, 12.28 AMby bethmaryharley

      The lady that sold me the fabric looked a bit shocked when I said it was for a top, so I think you’re right! I love your work too – hurray for bright colours! :-)

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      Aug 16, 2013, 07.48 AMby Ellen Hatteland

      That’s the fun part with sewing – You can use what kind of material or fabric you wanna :)
      Thanks, and I love colors as well!

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    Aug 15, 2013, 02.35 PMby barmaglot

    I love the foxes! Great top, I like the fabric combination and unusual neckline!

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      Aug 16, 2013, 12.22 AMby bethmaryharley

      Aren’t the foxes faces the best?! I love their quizzical looks!

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    Aug 15, 2013, 12.23 PMby Mary Athey

    fab fabric choice and the necklines certainly eye catching x

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      Aug 16, 2013, 12.19 AMby bethmaryharley

      Aww! Thank you, Mary! You are always so kind about my projects! I think this neckline suits me better than a round one – I wish I could pull them off! ;-)

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    Aug 15, 2013, 10.37 AMby liliv-1

    Very interesting neckline! And lovely print!

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      Aug 15, 2013, 11.31 AMby bethmaryharley

      I know! Foxes were always my favourite animal, so this immediately jumped to the top of my sewing queue!

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    Aug 15, 2013, 09.47 AMby lizziesewsew

    Beautiful fabric and a really great top, something I would love to wear.

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      Aug 15, 2013, 10.06 AMby bethmaryharley

      Thank you! I’m sure you could make something much better! I can’t wait to see the wedding dress you’re planning! :-)

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