Auralia Blouse from Tauko 6

Earlier this year, I made a little pledge on IG that I would get back to sewing some clothes this year.  Things were feeling a little bit tired and tatty.  I have actually managed a few things and Me Made May seemed like a good time to refresh this pledge and start showing you what I have been up to again!

So first my Me Made May/2023 pledge is very simple: To start showing my wardrobe some love and attention, starting with fabric and patterns that I own.

So here with go with a new make from Tauko Magazine.  Tauko is an independent magazine from Finland which combines a selection of fashion forward, size inclusive patterns along with interesting articles and an emphasis on sustainable fashion.  Each issue has a theme, which is explored in the editorial and interpreted in different ways though the pattern designs.

Issue 6 has the theme of artist workwear and I decided to have a go at one of the designs, Auralia by Mila Moiso. We sell the magazine with the paper patterns in the back on fold out sheets.  The patterns are overprinted on large sheets, so it does involve some tracing.  I find it helps to highlight your pieces with a marker before tracing off onto squared pattern paper. If you prefer, you can get a PDF download version directly from Tauko.

The Aurelia comes as a top or a dress version and has the most beautiful voluminous sleeves.  They are pleated in at the cuff and lined to give a clean finish around the wrist opening and extra body to the pouffe style.  They are cut onto the main body pattern, so it is very quick to make – just front and back pieces, sleeve lining and a trim for the neckline.

I used a very fine cotton voile with a striking black and white grid pattern and I think it works perfectly, though is a little more see through than I thought, looking at my images!  To avoid damaging the fabric, I used superfine pins from Tulip. 

I thought the sleeve lining might be quite tricky with such fine fabric, but it was drafted well and I tacked it in place first to make sure it was positioned correctly. It is sewn onto the main body of the top and I was worried the stitching might show, but it is kind of hidden in the folds of the sleeve.  The lined sleeves have a very couture feel to them - you can see them better in this little video here.

I really love this top – it makes me feel quite fancy and special but is very wearable! 

Pattern – Aurelia - top version from Tauko Issue 6

Size – Size 3 – I lengthened the top version by a couple of inches as it is a cropped style in the magazine. When making this, my bust was 37" and hip 42".  The waist is not fitted.

Fabric – main body was a very fine Japanese voile from my stash.  I used some bamboo silk for the sleeve lining.

Amends – added length to the body as above.  I also had enough fabric to cut the back on the fold instead of two pieces.  I would also maybe add a bit of width at the hip next time as dead straight things do not work so well for me in that area!

We stock all issues of Tauko in the shop if you’d like to give them a go – you get around 10 patterns in each issue which makes them great value and sizes go from bust width 31” / 78cm to 57.5” /146cm.

Find all the issues here!

My necklace is from Corrie's fancy Goods - sometimes we have her work in the shop if we are lucky!

Grace x

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