A new pattern company, The Pattern Preacher, got in touch with me on Instagram and kindly offered me one of their patterns. They didn’t specify what they wanted in return so although the pattern was ‘gifted’ in Instagram terms, in this blog post I am expressing my own views (and I’m not going to say everything was wonderful because it was gifted!) about the Sienna palazzo trousers.
Tilly Walnes’ third book ‘Make It Simple’ has been, unsurprisingly, a huge success. The premise of the book is to make sewing less complicated with its six ‘easy, speedy sewing projects to stitch up in an afternoon.’
I love a good bargain, and this book is a brilliant investment. For £25 you get the six patterns mentioned, but each one has a number of variations included on the pattern sheets, and there are more suggestions for you to create yourself too. The designs are really varied including pyjamas, day dresses and a more tailored pinafore dress, but here I’m going to talk about a pattern I’ve fallen hard for: the Safiya.
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”
French pattern house I Am Patterns released the Artemis jacket as part of its I Am A Goddess collection – Artemis being the goddess of the hunt, and this jacket is killer. It has a really minimal shape, even the sleeves are part of the body pieces, and the seams along the front hide sneaky massive pockets, hooray! The jacket is classed as beginner-friendly, and quite rightly so. With no sleeves to set in and a boxy shape, if you can sew a straight line, you can sew an Artemis.
A new (to me) favourite dress has come in to my life for autumn and it has to be shared! The Lempi button down dress – lempi meaning love, from Named doesn’t seem to get a great deal of attention from the Instagram sewing community, but it is such an unsung hero.
The relaxed fit, pulled together with a self-fabric belt, makes fitting and sewing so straightforward. There are bust darts but other than that the dress is essentially straight up and down. Named designs are subtly quirky, they don’t create ‘out there’ shapes or overtly ‘statement’ garments, but I love the subtle details they put in to their patterns that make them beautifully unique. On the Lempi, this detail is found in the collar. Taking it up a notch from being a standard shirtdress, the open ‘step’ between the collar pieces gives a little twist to a classic shape; it’s almost a little nod to 1950s dresses, but on a totally modern dress. Continue reading “I love Lemp(i)”