The Ilford Jacket: A time odyssey

It was a long time coming. I put off making the Ilford Jacket from Friday Pattern Company for no reason other than I prefer making myself all the pretty things. Alas, a promise is a promise, so I was bound to make this jacket for my husband.

Procrastination of this level is no mean feat. I delayed this by months; it was meant to be a Christmas present, then a birthday present in March, and finally, in May, an Ilford was born.

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A Kielo with added ooh-la-la

The Kielo wrap dress from Named has become something of an icon in the sewing world. Its distinctive design can be spotted a mile off, and I don’t think I’ve seen a bad word said about it. And quite rightly so. This awesome pattern has been blogged into oblivion, so fear not, this is not a pattern review! Instead, I thought I’d share details of a couple of modifications I made to the construction.

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Every Day I’m Rufflin’: the Bella Loves Flor top

In a flurry of somewhat optimistic spring sewing, I made the top version of the Flor from Bella Loves Patterns. It’s a super-ruffly wrap top and dress that can be made in floaty viscose for a dreamy romantic vibe, or in a more structured cotton for full-on drama. Unintentionally, I fell into the latter, and the top is somewhat attention grabbing!

Front-on shot of the Bella Loves Flor cropped wrap around top in black and white polka dot cotton.
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Haute Stuff: Trends for Spring 2021

There’s a glimmer of hope…spring is just around the corner. It may be a bit up and down at the moment, but it’s definitely time to start planning our warmer-weather makes.  I’ve rounded up my top trends for spring 2021, however, these aren’t clothes for short-lived fads; I’ve chosen trends, styles and patterns that’ll see you through for years to come.

The Two-tones

So easily overlooked, the classic pairing of black and white has been given some oomph in the form of sleek cuts, colour blocking and voluminous shapes.

This trend could be applied to any patterns you have (saving you money, hurrah!), and can be easily worked into your everyday wardrobe. I’m planning to use some white offcuts to make some minimalist tops inspired by Chanel (above centre), and I’ve gone all-in for monochrome in the form of gingham, with purchases from Thimble and Notch, Minerva and Dalston Mill Fabrics.

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(Boiler)Suit Up: the Lennox from Homer and Howells

A not-necessary-to-fill but still gleaming hole in my wardrobe was the boiler suit; utilitarian and a bit androgynous, they’re very very cool. There have been a few that have caught my eye, namely the Intrepid Boiler Suit from Alice & Co and Thelma from Merchant and Mills, but Lennox from Homer and Howells ticked all the boxes for me:

Button up

Waistband

Fly fastening

Semi-fitted

 

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