White Esthers and a knit raglan

There’s never any fabric waste in my house, especially when it’s something as lovely as this Saratoga knit by O! Jolly!. I only had the tiniest amount left after finishing my Megan longline cardigan, but I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it.


I used the raglan view of V8952 as a base for the top. I made a few fit modifications, raised the neckline, and added my own neck and hem bands. I used some plain white ponte for the back and sleeves, and seamed together three scraps of Saratoga knit for the front. I love the texture of the spongy knit as a feature and the contrast of cream against white.




The shorts are an old favourite and TNT for me. I used the Esther shorts pattern and simply added an asymmetrical overlay at the front. I used scraps for this make too. I salvaged some gorgeous, meaty Theory cotton sateen (from this dress) to use for the back of the shorts and for the front overlay. The dress was tired (with a few stains) and needed to be retired. I didn’t have quite enough sateen though, so I used some scrap linen for the shorts front and overlay lining. The linen was too lightweight for the shorts on its own, but perfect for this design where the front is layered.


I’ll wear these shorts a lot. I made a yellow version a few  years ago which are still on the go, but have been downgraded to gardening/painting gear. It feels good to replace a wardrobe item that was very much loved.


4 thoughts on “White Esthers and a knit raglan

  1. Francesca Amodeo

    I don’t usually shout but this is like a high fashion shoot. Actually most of your posts are…. and I love the way you’re so offhand about “the usual fitting mods” – I’ve been sewing for ever and am a perfectionist in my finishing – people think I buy my clothes from expensive shops:) – but I sweat my way through adjusting…… for instance I still haven’t figured out why my M&M trapeze dress fits great across the shoulders and then gapes a bit at the back neck and sometimes feels a bit tight at the chest. And i feel like such an idiot.

    I too cannot let a scrap of gorgeous fabric go to waste and love makes like this more than most. My favourite own makes are the successful upfashions or re-uses of fabrics from clothes…..

    and now you have encouraged a new obsession – that fabric! That retailer! You wicked enabler;)…..


    1. Debbie Iles Post author

      Thanks so much Francesca! Fitting is definitely the biggest challenge of sewing. I feel like I understand my body well for fitting, just through lots of practice (and disasters in the past ;-)) but I suspect it’s going to be a whole new learning experience for me as my girls grow and develop into ladies and I’ll have different body types to fit! I’m glad you love to refashion to – i agree that it’s pretty satisfying to turn something old or unwearable into something new to love. And I’m also pretty glad to discover O! Jolly! knits 😉


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