A couple of weeks ago I ordered a few patterns from Papercut. Papercut patterns had been mentioned a few times in a few of the sewing blogs that I follow, so I jumped on board and thought I’d give this new(ish) designer a try. And oh-my-goodness, I am so glad I did. The designer behind the Papercut Collective is one seriously clever kiwi. To start with the patterns are AMAZING. The envelope is laser cut card and converts into a hanger to hang your pattern, ensuring you don’t lose the cut out pattern pieces. Ingenious! The pattern pieces are sturdy instead of flimsy tissue paper and the whole thing is made out of 100% recycled products. But more than anything, they look beautiful and they make me smile. Receiving a bunch of these patterns in the mail last week made me beam for hours.
After much deliberation, I decided to make the Ensis tee first as I am really trying to make some everyday staples for my wardrobe. I decided to convert it into a short sleeved number by omitting the bottom section of the sleeve and adding a binding, just like the neck-line. I bought some cotton jersey from Addicted to Fabric during their sale, and made this up in navy and cream.
I can’t talk up the pattern enough. It was simple to follow and sewing the sleeves in flat made sewing the whole thing so easy and straightforward. I did make a small adjustment at the hem, but more because I had a change of heart than anything to do with the pattern. I had originally cut out version 2 with the curved hemline, but when I tried it on it looked odd with the sleeve and neck-line binding, so I chopped it off and replaced it with the same sort of edging. Only problem is that it ended up a tad on the short side.