A drunk Candy Cane draped t-shirt… and goodbye 2014…


I decided to make a draped garment for Christmas Day… I know. Not surprised?

Drape Drape 2, Number 4. Back/side view.

Drape Drape 2, Number 4. Back/side view.

I had planned a ‘drunk candy’ draped tank dress (plenty of room of Christmas lunch). I loved the idea of messing with the ubiquitous candy canes at this time of year. However the only red striped knit I could find was a much finer stripe than I wanted to get the right look. So I decided to make a t-shirt instead – and settled on Drape Drape 2, Number 4 – previously blogged here.

Note: I didn’t get drunk on Christmas Day. In fact I very rarely get drunk, tipsy is about as exciting as I get.

Drape Drape 2, Number 4. Front view

Drape Drape 2, Number 4. Front view

Drape Drape 2, Number 4. Back View

Drape Drape 2, Number 4. Back View

This is such a simple t-shirt to make, one piece for the body & one piece for the neck. It took less than an hour to sew up – with sleeves & the hem finished on my coverstitch machine (a beast I am slowly taming & learning to love).

Construction tips: The neckline on this is huge – this is a Japanese S/M size and I tend to pull it backwards so it’s not indecently low. I’d also say if you are stripe-matching junkie – this is not for you. You just have to surrender to the crazy for this one.

Drape Drape 2, Number 4. Draped sleeve stripes - 'not' matching.

Drape Drape 2, Number 4. Draped sleeve stripes – ‘not’ matching.

Drape Drape 2, Number 4. 'Straight' sleeve stripes - 'not' matching.

Drape Drape 2, Number 4. ‘Straight’ sleeve stripes – ‘not’ matching.

We took the above photos post-Christmas in the first break in the rain (it’s been stinking hot and sunny ever since of course). On Christmas Day I looked so exhausted and I was – I slept for four hours during Christmas Day. I’m so glad that the offices are closed and I have 11 days to rest.

I can't ever remember being this tired on Christmas Day

Christmas Day – I can’t ever remember being this tired on Christmas Day 😦

So ends 2014…

I’m not a New Year type. I think I will wake up tomorrow and be the same person, in the same life. I guess that sounds cynical – but it’s also reality.

The last 12 months weren’t what I expected this time last year. Everything changes over time, that’s how life is – for the better and worse. People come into your life, some people leave. People may add to your life – others might just subtract. There are challenges and triumphs. Joys and sadness. You have memories to treasure and those memories you wish you didn’t have. Today I remembered a poem my mother once wrote in a book for me…

Life is mostly froth and bubble,
Two things stand like stone,
Kindness in another’s trouble,
Courage in your own.
from Ye Wearie Wayfarer by Adam Lindsay Gordon (1833 – 1870)

That all sounds glummer than it should. It’s not meant to. I’m generally a positive person. I like to laugh. I like happiness. It’s a good way to live.

May your days be filled happiness – and on the not-so-good days – with kindness and courage.

Pattern: Drape Drape 2, Number 4.
Fabric: Cotton/polyester knit from The Fabric Store, Brisbane

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37 thoughts on “A drunk Candy Cane draped t-shirt… and goodbye 2014…

  1. I love the shirt – it’s you! I hope that 2015 finds us with the courage to let go of some things that we don’t need and the grace to appreciate what we’ve had. I know I am trying to learn to do both of those things. You have made some beautiful garments this year, Lizzy! Thanks for sharing them with me. Cheers!

  2. Love the top! I agree with you about New Year’s Day. It’s a very arbitrary date to start the new year (not even perihelion, which is Jan. 4). I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions, because why wait? BUT since it a) gives me a holiday and b) means that I’ll have to write a new date on the blackboard on Monday, it’s as good a time as any to wish you all the happiness you deserve for the next 365 days and beyond.

  3. I’ve always liked those lines from Adam Lindsay Gordon. Love your candy cane top (and all your drape creations). Best wishes for the new year, laugher and happiness for you and your family.

  4. What lovely words. I am always in awe of how much you pack into your life. Work, bringing up children and prolific sewing. I will not look back on 2014 with any pleasure as it has been a stressful year for me but looking forward to 2015 and wishing you a peaceful and happy year.

  5. Same to you, Lizzy. Thanks for sharing that poem – it’s simple but beautiful and a very good guideline to keep in mind as you move through life. Over the years I’ve learned that you just never know what another person is going through, so it’s always a good idea to treat others with kindness. Hope you have a peaceful and joyful 2015. At the very least, you have a cute new shirt! 🙂

    • It’s so easy to judge – but I’d rather be compassionate. Like you say it’s impossible to know exactly what people are going through. I’d rather add than subtract from people’s lives – it’s corny but it’s true. I’m often proud by the things my kids say and I hope that they continue to be supportive and non-judgemental people as they grow up – the world will be a better place with more people like that.

  6. Beautiful top! I’m not really a new years resolution type, but it’s a good a time as any to take stock of what’s important and what needs to change. Wishing you a happy 2015!

    • I like that 🙂 I know it sounded rather gloomy – but I think I meant to be more reflective. It’s a way I like to live – being kind and brave are important things to be. Not as easy as we might like some days.

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