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practice makes purple

Added Apr 25, 2010

by Passiona Cottee

Sydney (Inner We...






purple – royal; spiritual… and elusive enough to look like blue in most photos!

It’s getting cooler. In Australia, we’re well into Autumn. This purple wool jersey has been patiently waiting since summer. After two practice goes at Lydia here it was time.

The variations (scooped neck, lengthened sleeve and body) are as per the practice runs. And something new. The shell edging! Not bad for a sewing machine that’s from the 1960s (bless your heart bernina).

Material Notes

purple wool jersey; coats & clark thread (love it!)




Garment Type
Casual, Classic, Romantic
Knits/Jersey, Wool



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    Apr 27, 2010, 08.39 AMby missymellie

    This is lovely! I spent all day looking for a shirt like this today now I am inspired to make my own, the fit is lovely!

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      Apr 28, 2010, 11.10 AMby Passiona Cottee

      That is a lovely thing to say missymellie. I would recommend to do a practice version first, to get the fit just right. But from your profile, it looks like you are proficient enough to get it right first time! If you do happen to do a practice one, you will also find sewing it the second time is much faster.
      And I must say love your nautical dress!

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    Apr 27, 2010, 02.36 AMby nessys

    Again, that neckline is just so lovely and flattering and that blue/purple is beautiful with your gorgeous red hair and pale skin.

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    Apr 25, 2010, 11.59 PMby sewbissy

    I’m a big fan of shell edging! Great color and neckline, too.

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      Apr 28, 2010, 11.04 AMby Passiona Cottee

      I am glad you like it, Sewbissy.
      I joined up to patternreview last week to vote for your ensemble. And would you believe I missed voting by about 4-hours! I am really bummed about that. I didn’t realise there was only a week to vote. I am all joined up now. So I will totally be there for your next shot in what is the supportive wonder of online sewing communities.

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    Apr 25, 2010, 04.44 PMby lizah


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    Apr 25, 2010, 04.08 PMby wzrdreams

    Lovely color! The fit is great and the scoop is so feminine.

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      Apr 28, 2010, 11.01 AMby Passiona Cottee

      thank, you wzrdreams.
      And, hey, Congrats on getting featured member. You have great presence on the site and it is lovely to hear more about you.

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    Apr 25, 2010, 04.01 PMby peaudane


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    Apr 25, 2010, 12.41 PMby ttenden

    that is awesome! how do you do the edging?

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      Apr 28, 2010, 10.59 AMby Passiona Cottee

      Hi ttended,
      Thanks for your comment!
      There is a stitch on the machine I use that looks like
      this \ _ _ _ / \ _ _ _ / \ _ _ _ / (or the other way up).
      To do the shell edging I put it on a very short stitch length (1) and let the zigs and zags overcast over the edge of the fabric.

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