Like a lot of people who sew, there are many times when I finish a garment, vow to make another one because I like it so much… and then promptly forget about it.
So when I told you about how much I liked my first Ondée and how I was definitely going to sew other ones, I was conscious that, even though I intended to hold my promise, there was a good chance I’d be swayed by the next shiny new pattern and never keep my word.
But lo and behold, I did keep my word on this one! And the Ondée sweater is such a fast sew that I actually made two in one afternoon! I’m showing you the first one today, a blue one with white collar, which is also the one I have been wearing non stop since its completion. The main fabric is a cotton/lycra knit from eBay seller Tia Knight. The collar fabric is the same I used on my first Ondée. Looking back at that post, I realise I forgot to mention that I had bought both mint and white jersey knits at the Stoffenspektakel, where you always find loads of high quality cotton/lycra jersey knits in every colour of the rainbow! I also forgot to mention the size I made: a 36, my usual bust/waist size for Deer&Doe patterns.
Like for the first one, I serged the whole top except for the collar (I didn’t feel like changing the serger thread to white just for the collar!), for which I used a zigzag stitch. Once again, I topstitched under the collar with a zigzag stitch.
The skirt is also a repeat! It’s another version of this skirt I love and wear so much, based on the tutorial in Gertie’s book (also available on her blog). I don’t know how I managed that since I seem to remember I measured the waist of the first version, but the waist is a little bit looser than that of my first one. I intend to insert a small piece of elastic at the back to remedy that, but me and alterations, you know how it goes…
It’s a question of an inch, so the skirt is perfectly wearable as is, but it doesn’t stay in place as well as a skirt with zero ease at the waist.
Despite that little flaw, I love that skirt so much and have been wearing it accordingly. Did you notice the print? It’s a Nancy Drew print! It’s from a discontinued Moda Fabrics line. As one of Nancy Drew’s biggest fans when I was a kid (while we’re at it, did you know that, in French, her name was “translated” to Alice Roy and she is widely known as Alice détective?), I couldn’t pass up this fabric when I found it three years ago at de Stoffenkamer. I bought it with the intention of making this exact skirt! I cut (more like, tore!) the pockets from the remnants so as not to waste any scrap that could be used. The fabric was narrow enough that I could use the whole width on each skirt panel… including the selvedges!
A note about the fabric: it has that very weird smell (almost, I don’t know… fungusy?) when being ironed. I thought this was maybe due to a storage problem of some sort, but it’s been washed quite a few times already and the smell is still going strong every time it gets ironed, so I’ve come to think it’s probably the dye itself that’s to blame. Luckily, it doesn’t smell at all once it’s cold!
This outfit is nothing complicated, but I have been wearing it a lot these past few weeks. When the weather was a little bit warmer, I wore it mostly with this cardigan, and these days it’s finally been cold enough to pull this one out the wardrobe. It’s an outfit that I think is both cute and easy to wear. I won’t promise anything, but I’d really like a few duplicate versions!
You look fabulous! I love the style . I used to love Nancy Drew too!! Happy Christmas!
Thank you! Happy Christmas to you too!
Lovely outfit! I have the ondee pattern which I purchased as soon as it was released, only to realise I was well stocked for tops. Maybe now us the time to crack it open! Merry Christmas x
Thank you! If you like a fitted cropped top, the ondee pattern is such an easy and satisfying sew! Merry Christmas!
Très belle ensemble ! J’aime beaucoup le tissu de la jupe et ses grandes poches !
Je te souhaite de bonnes fêtes !
Merci beaucoup! Je te souhaite de bonnes fêtes à toi aussi! 🙂
How old is the fabric line? A lot of second hand fabric I get from opshops have that smell. Especially poly/cottons.
It’s not that old (I’d say five years max), and I bought it new and stored it in a dry place, protected from dust. The smell does also have a chemical quality to it, which is why I’d tend to blame the dye, but who knows? Yet another mystery for Nancy! 😀
I love the entire outfit! Great job!!
Thank you! 🙂
Haaaaaan, un tissu ‘Alice Detective’ ! (J’ai une jupe similaire mais comme je suis actuellement allergique à la couture, elle vient de chez les Britons de chez Seasalt, qui chérissent de tels imprimés !) C’est schööööön ! 😍
Eh ouais, un tissu Alice détective, j’en suis pas peu fière! 😀 En général je dois expliquer qui c’est à la plupart des gens qui complimentent ma jupe, ainsi que le ~concept n’est-ce pas~ de la petite loupe qui l’accompagne, donc je suis absolument ravie que tu aies l’air copine avec Alice toi aussi!
It’s really sweet, very “preppy chic” !
Thank you so much! 🙂
PS Le nom de ton blog va encore me coller la chanson pour la journée!
C’est une si jolie chanson…
I have the same Nancy Drew fabric!
Love your outfit!
Thank you! Yay, fabric twins! Have you ironed yours already? Does it have that weird smell?
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