I made three things:
Merchant & Mills Dress Shirt
This is my first M & M pattern and although I like the style, I didn’t find the instructions completely easy to follow – in particular, there is a bit where the bib/yoke meets the shoulder and back yoke that doesn’t seem to work out right. I Magyver-ed it but I am pretty sure I am missing something.
On the positive side though – I fit a straight size 14 and the fabric is a gorgeous light silk/cotton voile from EmmaOneSock. Here is a back view and close up of good top-stitching for your viewing pleasure:
Item 2 – a longed for Closet Case Pouf. I made this from upholstery fabric samples for H. This was so fun to make and I feel very virtuous, using up all my scraps. It takes such a lot of scraps that I will be able to use my future versions to stop all the orphan socks from going to landfill.
As I used such thick fabric (at least that’s my excuse), the points on the top didn’t meet:
Problem solved however, with attachment of a leather-look button:
Not only is the bag filled with scraps, but I made the lining bag out of old dress-up fabric:
I am very happy with it but H has just reported that one of the side seams has split – so a repair is already required (sigh). Here it was before, on the night before Christmas…
Then, after Christmas, I sewed up the Carolyn PJ’s I had cut out weeks prior. I bought this lovely silk from Tessuti, some years ago and it was on sale, so I bought about 4 metres. Lucky I did that – because this pattern is a fabric hog.
As with my other Closet Case makes, I made a straight size 14 and although it is a bit snug, it fits quite well. Heather Lou is such a pattern drafting genius. I love that with her detailed instructions, I can make something with such lovely detail – like the cuffs on the shorts.
My only quibble is nothing to do with the pattern – just that I used fusible interfacing on the collar and front facings as instructed but they feel a bit stiff – in contrast to the lovely soft silk of the fabric. I am hoping that once washed, it will soften up – but look how lovely this fabric is:
And another pic of my new favourite pyjamas: