A Miu Miu-inspired Sew Over It Vintage Shirt Dress

I love looking to the runway for sewing inspiration, and the Miu Miu Resort 2020 collection is beyond beautiful! Typical of the brand’s style, the collection offers up quirky tailoring, bold prints and girly-yet-edgy details; everything I love in a garment!

I basically want to make my own versions of every item in the collection, but this dress really sang to me:

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Lockdown wardrobe: because comfort doesn’t have to mean tracksuits

The lockdown has allowed many to indulge in the guilty pleasures that come with the ‘invisibility’ of working from home; not needing to wash your hair, not having to get dressed, not feeling any need to wear makeup. For the last couple of years my sister has exercised the mantra “no shower, no makeup, no bra” for her wfh Fridays. (Sorry, Els, your secret’s out.)

However, I just don’t fit into this camp. When working from home (and on my days off) I still like to put on ‘proper’ clothes and do my makeup. It makes me feel good about myself, ready for the day, and more proactive.  Comfort is still key, though, and I’ve realised over the past few weeks that I keep going for similar styles. Clothes that are comfortable but still look a bit polished are my go-to, so here are some pattern suggestions to strike the balance between being comfy, but still a little bit fancy…

The pattern that sparked this thinking is the Safiya from Tilly Walnes’ book Make It Simple:

It’s so comfortable, versatile, a little bit quirky, and it looks really nice. This pattern is brilliant. Continue reading “Lockdown wardrobe: because comfort doesn’t have to mean tracksuits”

Luci-enne the sky with diamonds…

This blog post was originally written for Sew Me Sunshine – go there NOW to see all the lovely fabric!

It’s not shocker that I’m a big fan of I Am Patterns; they design understated but quirky everyday patterns that are lovely to sew. I have already made their Artemis jacket and the Juliette shirt, and this time I decided to make the Lucienne.

Lucienne is a loose-fitting shirt that can be lengthened to a tunic, and you can add on some more length to make a super relaxed dress. I chose this beautiful olive green tencel that I saw at Harriet’s latest Open Studio event. It kind of has to be seen to be appreciated, but this fabric is so so beautiful. The smooth finish allows the rich colour to shine, and it has brilliant drape even though it’s not overly lightweight, plus it’s completely opaque.

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Bobbing along: Tilly and the Buttons’ Bobbi skirt

Always late to the sewing party, I have finally jumped on the bandwagon and made a Bobbi skirt from Tilly and the Buttons. I made a similar skirt last year and I’ve worn it so many times, it’s a brilliant everyday basic:

A new version was on my Make Nine and I was going to self draft, but this pattern release came in perfect time because it saved me the faff of drafting! The pattern has two variations: a skirt and a pinafore, both of which are so so gorgeous. Continue reading “Bobbing along: Tilly and the Buttons’ Bobbi skirt”

Cocowawa Honeycomb: a bittersweet sew!

The Honeycomb from Cocowawa Crafts is a gorgeous pattern with loads of variations – you can make a dress, shirt, short sleeves, full-length sleeves, or go completely sleeveless, so we’re on to a winner. I made what was meant to be a wearable toile last year and even though the shape was lovely, it came up sooo big on me! It’s designed to be a relaxed fit but this was just too big. I re-traced the pattern to a size 1 and stuffed it away, not wanting to look at it for a while as I’d been a bit put off by how badly my first try went (yes, very grown-up of me).

I put the dress on my Make Nine 2020 and planned to use some clashing viscose from Brixton Market – wearable toile take two.

Although a beautifully detailed dress, the construction is fairly straightforward, the only step I had to re-read a few times was the burrito yoke, but once you’ve cracked it, it’s gorgeous:

Cocowawa crafts Honeycomb dress

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