Tartan dreams

Hello sewers!

Autumn 🍂 has crept in and the cool, crisp weather has got me craving warm and stylish projects. Has anyone else taken note of the A/W tartan midi dress trend? I am totally in love, here’s some of the inspiration that has made me want to dash to the sewing machine and sew a colourful midi dress.

The only burning question was which tartan? I shopped around online and couldn’t find a tartan that wasn’t old fashioned, garish and dress weight, as opposed to a suiting weight. I was browsing Instagram when I found Sew Much Moor, also located in Devon.

I asked for some samples to test how soft the fabric would feel and whether my skin would love it as much as I did the colour. Happily the fabric was so soft and all I needed to do was choose a pattern. I was inspired by the River Island and Oasis high street tartan midi dresses, I love the tiered skirts and gathered sleeve details.

River Island tartan midi dress

Oasis tartan maxi dress

My sewing pattern choice is well known in the home sewing community, it is Tilly and the Buttons popup at Indigo dress. Pictured below 👇 as made by the wonderful Button & Pip. The hacks I will make are to add some gather to the sleeve and a long sleeve to mirror the ready to wear styles above.

Tilly & the Buttons Indigo dress by Button & Pip

I can’t wait to make this project, my vision is styling it with a vegan leather biker jacket and boots, perfect for shopping with friends 🛍

Thanks for reading, let me know what you’ll be sewing this autumn in the comments below.

Insta-sewing all stars

This Me Made May I am taking inspiration from Sewists who are making waves in the Instagram sewing community. Spring is often the time of year we turn our attention to new, lighter and brighter feminine garment sewing projects.

I selected five sewists who inspired me to click that save button and to add new patterns to my list of sewing projects for the Spring and Summer season.

First, and always one to watch is Mimi G, with her new jumpsuit pattern the Mimi G x Simplicity #9330. The new pattern is shipping out to stores in the US soon and hopefully we won’t have too long to wait in the UK. I love the sophisticated and feminine shape of the jumpsuit, including the draping of fabric on the bodice front mimicing the organic texture of a seashell. I might add straps, depending on the cup fitting and I would certainly be looking to toile it for fit. Mimi always looks stunning in her patterns, but this one is the real cherry on top.

S is for Sew shared her #m7970 McCalls maxi dress with a v-neckline and all the drama. I love the boho aesthetics and her pixie haircut with the dress. I have yet to sew a McCalls pattern, and this dress is a real contender. I admired the high waistline and the dramatic bias cut skirt for an ethereal, whimsical feel.

Next up is a new to me instagrammer @pinkorangevintage with a stunning Wildergown dress in this olive green colour, combining the dress with the chequer print Vans is a great style choice and gives the look a quirky, offbeat vibe. She also ends her post with this inspiring quote: “When you tap into a more creative wardrobe, magic can happen. Be inspired by being you.” Reader, how true are these words!

I was scrolling the Wildergown hashtag in preparation for selecting a fabric from my collection to sew my own, and I discover @carolerankin rocking a bold 70s inspired print Wilder mini dress. Most of the Wildergowns I have seen and loved to date have had a more bohemian aesthetic; I rate this new retro take on the pattern, it’s sew bright and inspiring…

Last but not least this #repost from @trurofabrics of @carolmonks Tilly and the Buttons indigo dress in an on trend gingham print looks absolutely gorgeous in this quaint Cornish kitchen, complete with a gorgeous pug puppy dog. I am excited to sew an Indigo and I am certain I will be making multiple Indigo dresses, as the shape and ruffles are so my style 24/7 365.

To my UK readers, have a beautiful holiday weekend. Don’t forget to enter my vlog giveaway by midnight BST on 1st June 2021 for the chance to win a £50 spend at Minerva Crafts. There are also two packs of my woven labels to be won by runners up! xo