MONETA | IN BLOOM

PATTERN: Colette Moneta Dress

FABRIC: Black Jersey, John Lewis

DETAILS: Hand embroidered

RIFLE | MADE

PATTERN: Hacked Sew Over It Doris Dress bodice 

FABRIC: Les Fleurs Rayon by Rifle Paper Co.

Since this fabric arrived I always thought it had a Nineties maxi vibe to it. After lots hunting around for patterns and inspiration I decided to use the bodice from the SOI Doris Dress which I crudely lengthened. My original idea was to have the dress buttoned down the front, but once cut, I preferred the casual style of the wrap front - that and the idea of  avoiding 18 button holes!

BEATRICE | Behind the Scenes

Photography | @OllyfCooper   MUA | @graceoftown   Hair | @attila.keyeres   Model | @janeturchetti

Published | Elegant Magazine November 2016

SICILY | MADE

PATTERN: Self drafted pattern 

FABRIC: White lace, refashioned from Boohoo.co beach dress

After falling in love with this Self-Portrait dress, or maybe it was just the dream of being there!, I decided that I had to make myself a copy. Hunting down the perfect fabric proved tricky and in a moment of genius I decided to look at shops for something I could cut up and re-use. Luckily I found a good enough match online - although I'm not best pleased at the 'fast fashion' website I bought it from! The cotton lining fabric in peach/nude was bought from John Lewis. 

I sketched out the pattern and drew up the pattern pieces to my measurements and putting the dress together took no time at all after I made a toile. I even managed to salvage the straps, saving myself from making some bias binding!

Not a bad job in my opinion...although I'll have to make sure I don't get myself some floral tan lines on my stomach! 

Photos by Olly Cooper

MOROCCO | MADE

PATTERN: Self drafted pattern from bodice block

FABRIC: Black flower embroidered chiffon | John Lewis    Black poly-cotton | Rolls & Rems, Lewisham

The making of this dress had a mind of its own. When I started cutting into the fabric it was destined to look very different.

The result, is an airy relaxed dress that I will end up wearing much more often than the intended dress. 

I didn't have much room for error, or the possibility to make a whole dress in the one fabric. In any case, at £30 a metre I couldn't bring myself to! So I decided upon a separate bodice piece in the flower embroidery and this great black fabric with the perfect drape as the lining/skirt with an elasticated waist. This was initially intended to be made from a black chiffon from John Lewis which frayed like a Bitch and had a cheap un-drapey-ness which I was not happy with. 

Ultimately, I'm thrilled with this result and am glad I took the time and effort to un-pick the chiffon and replace with this lightweight fabric, perfect for the Summer! 

COCO IN PARIS

PATTERN: Coco dress Tilly and the Buttons 

FABRIC: Navy & white stripe cotton knit, Stof & Stil Copenhagen

This dress was a quick sew up and was my first time using a Tilly and the Buttons pattern. It is one of only a few patterns where I have not had to make any alterations for fit. Which was a perfect pattern for me to whip up to get me out of a sewing funk. 

The fabric is a quality cotton knit that I picked up in Stof & Stil in Copenhagen (which is very near to the train station and is absolutely worth checking out).

Pictures were taken in the breathtaking Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris. 

LARK TEE

PATTERN: Lark Tee Grainline Studios

FABRIC: Red and ivory stripe jersey, Fabric Godmother

 Another quick sew, I made this Lark Tee (my second) with 3/4 length sleeves and a boat neck. I adjusted the pattern to bring the side seams in for a tighter fit. Next time I will also bring the neckline in a little from the shoulders.

I am working my way through all of the Grainline Studios patterns. The wearability and style of each design easily makes them my favourite pattern company, as I am sure is the same for many others!