Author: Jo-Ann

Colette Laurel 3/4 Sleeved Top

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Hello again After my first make of 2017 – The Merchant & Mills Curlew long-sleeved top, I decided to make another top, this time the Laurel by Colette Patterns. I’ve had this paper pattern for a few years now.  When I first bought it I had a go at making the dress, which didn’t go so well due my lack of experience in fitting patterns.  This time I decided to make the 3/4 sleeve top using a lightweight denim. “The fit is semi-loose with a fitted bust and back darts to keep the shape streamlined”.  The Laurel by Colette Patterns Making this garment has also enabled me to have a go at improving some of my sewing techniques.  I’ve used French seams on the sides of the garment, and flat and fell seam for the back seam which is a nice decorative feature. Instructions for s French Seam –  Reader’s Digest, Complete Guide to Sewing (see photograph above) With wrong sides of fabric together stitch 10 mm from the edge of the fabric. Trim seam allowance …

Merchant & Mills Curlew Long Sleeved Top

  Hello hello This top represents a number of firsts for me.  First time I’ve used a Merchant and Mills pattern, first time I’ve made a long-sleeved top, and the first time I’ve worked with bias cut fabric.  Phew! I love Merchant and Mills utilitarian aesthetic.  Their clothes are non-fussy and practical.  The first garment I decided to make was the Curlew, taken from their book, The Workbook.  The Curlew is presented in three ways – a dress, a sleeveless t-shirt and a long-sleeved top.  I decided to make the long-sleeved top to ease me into dressmaking.  I made it over a couple of days in an attempt to slow down and concentrate on each stage, and not rush through and make too many mistakes. Tracing out the pattern: The first night I traced out the Curlew pattern in a size 18 – Merchant and Mills largest size.  I used grease-proof paper to transfer the pattern which was without drama.  I like the fact I still have a full pattern, and the possibility of modifying it …