I made this dress a few weeks ago but I have been so busy that I haven’t had chance to blog about it! The Aster shirt pattern from Colette is a really easy make and I fancied a shirt dress so I decided to hack this pattern, it was quite simple to do, I just extended the pattern to the length that I wanted and followed the regular instructions.
I used some of our best selling medium weight denim that drapes beautifully, it is really easy to wear and I can see myself wearing this all winter with tights and my favourite DM shoes.
Here is a picture that my daughter took in the garden!
I’m not that sporty. Think of me as that old cat, dozing on the windowsill, but my eyes were opened by the new Vancouver collection of sewing patterns from Sewaholic. It’s not that I don’t like pictures with that much lycra, it’s just that I’ve hardly ever seen sewing patterns that are just made for it. It almost made me jump up out of my comfy armchair [well not quite].
Hang on, I’ve got a sporty daughter and several sporty nieces. I haven’t got any lycra or sports net, but I do have knit fabrics and I fancy the style of the Fraser Sweatshirt.
The loose fit of the Seymour Jacket caught my eye, that might just hide my six pack and I have some wild coloured outdoor fabrics that may very well suit the bill.
Ok I know I’m not exactly Jessica Ennis, but I might just give some of these a go.
Like quite a lot of others in the sewing world, we’d been awaiting the release of Grainline Studio’s Morris Blazer on printed paper for quite a while, so when we went looking again on Grainline’s website a few weeks ago it was all systems go!
Whilst we were there, another new paper pattern took our fancy, the Moss Skirt. We’ve only had a brief look, but we think that this could overtake the Amy Butler Barcelona Skirt as our favourite A-line[ish] skirt pattern.
Who doesn’t love the simple appeal of a button up? They are a classic for a reason, they easily transition from season to season, and they are a multi-purpose wardrobe staple. A good button-up shirt can take you from work to play.
Aster is a modern and simplified version of this iconic garment. The button-up style instantly lends a put-together quality to the blouse, while the v-neckline is universally flattering, and eliminates the fuss of a collar. Bust darts offer soft shaping, giving Aster its flattering body skimming fit.
This highly customizable pattern is perfect for an advanced beginner or an experienced sewist looking to refine their skill set. With its semi-fitted shape, 3 mix-and-match versions, and a wide variety of fabric options, Aster can be made to wear during any season.
As I am unable to sew at the moment I persuaded my gorgeous daughter to have a go at making the latest addition to the Sewaholic pattern range – The Rae skirt.
This is a very straight forward beginners elasticated waist skirt, with a small amount of help from me Amy was able to complete this very simple sew in just a couple of hours!
Doesn’t it look lovely! The nice thing about this elastic waist skirt is that it has 4 panels that are shaped so that it drapes beautifully, she deliberately chose some of our new Gaberchino fabric as it is heavier weight and holds the shape nicely.
This week we had some lovely Amy Butler babycord fabric delivered, it is velvety soft and as soon as I saw it I knew I needed to make something straight away!
The weather has been so lovely for the past couple of weeks and I had been promising myself a pair of Thurlow shorts so this seemed the ideal opportunity to make some!
I found the LLadybird Thurlow sew-along a great help for making these, particularly for the pockets and zipper, I used one of our gorgeous everyday cotton spotty fabrics for the pocket and waistband lining and one of the button’s from The Button Museum in Ross-on Wye that a friend recently gave to me.
I love all three of these corduroys so I am thinking of making a couple of skirts next! A Colette Ginger perhaps? Or if I can wait a week we are getting the Tilly and the Buttons patterns in and I could make a Miette Skirt! Watch this space!
My other W.I.P is a gorgeous Chickadee cardigan from Little Red in the City, its knitted in one piece which means you can try it on for size as you are going along, I have got quite a lot of it done but unfortunately I am now suffering from tennis elbow and knitting is just too painful so I have had to put it aside for about a month while my arm recovers!
Has anyone else had to stop sewing or knitting due to injury? Mr LLM is saying that I have knitters elbow as I have not been near a tennis racket for years! The nearest I am getting to Tennis at the moment is watching Wimbledon!The wool I am using is from the National Museum of Wales, Woollen Museum, I love the vintage style colours that they have used to dye this beautiful yarn. Perhaps I will get it finished in time for the Autumn and cooler weather.
Yesterday was a beautiful day, I sat in the garden for most of it, I wore a lovely new Sewaholic Renfrew top that I had spent most of Saturday morning making, I used some of the gorgeous new Jersey fabric that we have on the website at the moment, I am so pleased with the way it turned out, I think I will make a stripey one next. Mr LLM couldn’t resist photo-shopping me into what looks like a scene from frozen! (In my flip-flops!)
Today I have been to work, so its a bit black and white as that is what I am required to wear. Another couple of Sewaholic patterns, this time the Thurlow trousers, which are so comfortable! The pattern is really easy to follow and for the tricky bits (like the back pockets) there are really useful pictures to follow on the Sewaholic blog, what I really like about them is the way they are constructed to fit so well! If this warm weather keeps up I shall definitely be making some Thurlow shorts!
The top is also by Sewaholic, its the new Belcarra blouse, it is selling so well that we ran out of them today! but don’t worry new stock will be with us shortly! The fabric for the blouse is an embroidered and embellished white cotton lawn, it has flowers and tiny sequins on it. I am also wearing a Me Made necklace, a scrabble letter T on a chain!
I wanted to start Me made May with a bang, and I had a very important Birthday party to go to so I decided to make my Mortmain dress to wear. The Mortmain was designed by a small British pattern company called Gather, its quick and fairly easy to make, they recommend it for ambitious beginners!
It was a bit wet and miserable so I wore it with my boots! The fabric I used is from one of our new Moda ranges, Simply Style by V & Co.
Gather are a very new company, they only have 2 patterns, the other one is for a really cute collar called The Tallis, I think I might have to make one of those too so that I can keep my pledge to wear something handmade every day during MeMadeMay.