An Octopus Strathcona

Isn’t this octopus print awesome?  I bought it towards the beginning of summer and am just now sewing it up…to continue my trend from my last post!  It’s another cotton lycra from Raspberry Creek.

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This Thread Theory Strathcona was such a weird trial of errors.  I had initially used a triblend for the body pieces but everything was sitting very strangely, in the shoulder area particularly.  I figured this was due to the fabric’s lack of vertical stretch contrasted with the extra stretchy cotton lycra sleeves (I did take a picture, but is sooooo bad I’d prefer not to post it – ha!).  So I took them off and cut out a cotton lycra body and this is MUCH better!

I also took the liberty to add the pocket from the Thread Theory Arrowsmith Undershirt.  I think this pulls the design together nicely.  I don’t normally color block with set in sleeves since I’m not always the biggest fan of the way it looks, but when the colors are close-ish and there’s another element of the second fabric (in this case, the print), I can like it.  Plus, I needed a break from men’s raglans, as much as I love them!

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I’ve made the Strathcona Henley (with and without the placket) quite a few times for Brian, to great success.  This was very strange.  So, moral of the story is, if you’re going to color block, do so with fabrics of similar constitution!

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Note the “space pants” above!  These are Brian’s fave Men’s BBall Shorts.  Also, you may have noticed that he was a little less than enthused in the first few pictures.  That’s because he was done taking pictures of me (keep an eye out for my next post!) and hungry.  Now, I give you “hungry man who will be eating food in 5 minutes”.   Much happier. 😉

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As I mentioned earlier, the octopus print is from Raspberry Creek.  This is another one of their CLUB prints, which means it was exclusively designed for them.  It was also printed in-house in the USA as well!  I love supporting small businesses and made in USA is even better. 🙂  The CLUB prints are all so unique and their cotton lycra is seriously some of the softest fabric ever.  Even Brian noticed a difference between this and “regular” cotton lycra.  Sadly, there is just one yard of this octopus print left in the shop!  After that, I believe it will be retired to make way for the new fall collections.

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That’s it for now!  Hope you enjoyed this post, especially the action shots. 😉

Elisabeth

Pattern:Thread Theory Strathcona Henley | Fabric: Raspberry Creek – octopus print, PurpleSeamstress – solid

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