It may be an excess of Indie Pattern Month over at The Monthly Stitch, but the start of le Tour de France today, got me thinking. I am a huge cycling fan, I have to admit I'm not quite as excited about this years tour as last years, but then they're not riding through my home town this year. Having driven (not walked or ridden) up le Cote de Jenkin Road, I can tell you it is an absolute bugger. Anyway that's beside the point, but it did get me thinking about how I could combine my love of sewing and cycling. Last year I made a skirt specifically to go and watch le Tour de France come through Sheffield, but what to do this year?
It helps that I'm currently obsessed with the Onyx Top by Paprika Patterns from the Netherlands, where le Tour has it's Grande Depart this year.
I bought this fabric last week in the John Lewis sale, half price at £8 per metre and the pattern only takes one metre. I cut a straight size 5, but lengthen it by about 3cm and the fit is perfect. I cut the lower neckline and bound it with bias binding made from the same fabric.
Hagrid like it, even if he doesn't like the heat. This is him post paddle, in the very sunny Meersbrook Park.
The Jeans I'm wearing are also of Dutch origin, as they are my Knipmode Jeans, which if you don't know is a Dutch sewing magazine.
But this is a challenge, not just one outfit for one day, what else can I do. Well the race is in France, so I can sew my french (currently I own 3) patterns, that's fine. But then I looked at the route of le Tour and it starts in the Netherlands, then goes through Belgium before getting to France. Belgium, what can I do for Belgium???
Thank you Google. After a little searching I found out that Compagnie M. is a Belgium Indie Sewing Pattern maker. So the Julia Sweater is now in my inbox. A long sleeve t-shirt is perfect for this atypical British weather we are having.
So I can make up a Indie pattern from all the countries visited by le Tour this year. I have some other ideas percolating, but I'm not going to put pressure on myself, this is meant to be a fun challenge. Which is why I'm calling it Mellow Yellow. For those of you not familiar with le Tour de France the leader of the race wears a Yellow Jersey (or Yellow Jumper as Ned Boulting would call it).