Sunday, 8 February 2015

a month of swatches - patou in pieces (patou overblouse)

Just before Christmas, I got a text with an offer of some old fabric and wallpaper swatches  from an interior designer friend. Obviously said yes - and what amazing swatches books they were.  They are mainly Zophany - so seriously  swanky stuff! I opened up some books, divided the swatches into colour, and then kept re-arranging them....and seeing what end pieces I had which could be used up. 

 I am trying to finish writing up some patterns for upload before the end of the month, so this would be a perfect opportunity to get some small projects done and write up the last bits of pattern - and for the most part these swatches will be bags, cushions, slippers, but I am hoping to get some incorporated into clothes so I tried to make a small top this week.

First up - the patou top.  I had hoped to make the coat from this pattern , but that is not going to happen for the moment, so I did like the look of the top, and wanted to try it out.

top overblouse made from swatches upcycle

I made up the front from a series of rectangles and used a grey band at the bottom from a 1euro charity dress which was a good neutral for backing.  The colours looked good together but the fabric weights differ enormously - so I lined the inside with fabric instead of facings.  It should be okay, but the grey fabric is a very thin cotton silk, so I am going to baste it at the hem,  and launder and then see if it needs a different treatment at the hem.  I have another swatch of this which I am still putting together with some odds and ends here so may try to make that that up yet for my unsuspecting sister..................


  1. Great idea how you use the lovely swatches! Maybe you could combine a few in matching shades for a skirt or top?

  2. thank you very much. they were an interesting diversion - and relearning weight issues of fabrics also i got a bit timid at times as I didnt want to waste either (ironic as i am tripping over them) - however there are two that I am thinking for a back panel and front panel of a skirt , but I have put them all away for the moment to get back to different sewing (coats) but I will be returning to them. its great to get feedback on them as sometimes on my own in the sewing room, i cant see wood for trees ..............