So, we have returned from our holiday and I thought it was about time that I shared some of my summer makes. Thankfully, the weather was very kind to us this year and we very much enjoyed our tour of Cornwall, the lovely Rye and the New Forest.
As the weather was so warm and sunny, I actual got to wear light-weight summery clothes... Yeah!!
The first item is a Liberty version of the Maya dress and top sewing-pattern by Marilla Walker. I've been meaning to give it a go for ages, but somehow didn't get around to it. The pattern is a kimono/cap sleeved dress or top with a fairly loose style and a patch pocket. As with all of Marilla's patterns she gives several options including cropped top, tunic and dress length, with or without a button down front. Also options for the type of hem, ie.shaped or straight
The instructions are very straightforward to follow and overall it's a fairly simple make with just two main pieces and neck facing. The side seams are French seamed so it's nice that all raw edges are enclosed. It's a great basic style top to have in your wardrobe, would also be nice in plain colours. I intend to make a dress version of it too at some stage, so overall I really like the pattern.
I went for the non-pleated, tie front, knee-length version which is fine, but you really need to wear a tucked-in top with them, otherwise a little bump appears. I would leave the ties off and do a pocketed version the next time and now that I've got the sizing right there will definitely be more, they're just so comfortable to wear - I highly recommend!
One of my holiday highlights was paying a visit to Rye and in particular to Merchant and Mills and I got to touch and feel all their lovely selection of fabrics. It was their dress shirt pattern that started me off on my sewing venture 4 years ago, never having sewn any garments before, so it was very special to go there, I loved every moment!
|The Strand and The Rugby|
|Linens and stripes from Merchant and Mills|