The Wilder has several options for a top and a dress.
The pattern has raglan sleeves, and ties at the neck. It’s an easy sew with great instructions.
The pattern recommends ‘drapey woven fabrics’ and this viscose from Sew Wardrobe was the perfect match
Liked this so much I made a second version in a viscose from Fabrics Galore
For this version I went down a size and really like how this changes the fit 😺✂️✂️
I discovered The Sewing Revival’s Patterns on Instagram, and picked this pattern as I loved the use of elastic at the front to create shape.
The Sewing Revival describe this top as ‘a flattering unique summer top with front gather feature and sloped rear hemline’.
I made two, the first the V-neck in a cotton seersucker and the second in a very drapy viscose linen with the round neck.
The sloped hem at the back is finished with bias binding. Both versions have a combined neck and sleeve facing
This top comes together quickly, the instructions are very well written, with lots of photos to guide a beginner 😺✂️✂️
This pattern is part of the new Rome Collection and has four variations. I made view A, omitting the cuffs and added 5cm to the length.
Cielo is described as ‘an easy, breezy take on a boxy tee and shift dress’
The instructions are super easy to follow, with clear line drawings for each step.
The back shoulder has inserts that add interest, and darts that sit above the bust. There are instructions for a neck facing or bias binding finish, with or without top stitching.
I chose the neck facing option with top stitching on the outer edge. The fabric is a polyester crepe that drapes really well.
This pattern is a Simplicity collaboration with Sew House Seven and is a variation of their Mississippi Avenue Dress and Top Pattern. This pattern has two lengths and a sleeveless and cap sleeve version. These are view A
Simplicity’s description ‘misses elastic waist dress from Sew House Seven features v-neckline with option of over the knee or midi lengths and cap sleeves, or sleeveless with shoulder ties’.
The dress had a centre panel that shapes to the v-neckline, best shown from the inside of the dress.
I stalled sewing in the front panel, there is a mark for the V of the neck binding which I initially thought was for the seam line 🙄 the red mark is below the ‘pyramid’ formed by the section joins in the picture below.
For the second version I used a thin strip of iron on interfacing instead of the stay stitching and preferred this method to prevent the neckline stretching
The fabrics are from Seasalt, bought in their summer sale 😺✂️✂️
These trousers are a breeze to fit and are super comfy to wear.
Style Arc’s description ‘this trendy wide leg pant is not only fashionable but very comfortable with it’s elastic waist, interesting patch pocket itch side opening and wide faced hem makes this pant a must have’.
The pockets open onto the side seam, and I added iron on interfacing to the openings.
To highlight the pockets I changed the stripe direction. The pockets are rather low, I raised them an inch after reading other reviews.
I omitted the hem facing as I already had the pocket contrast. The waist of the trouser folds over to case the elastic.
Just the right leg width, I made these straight from the pattern shortening the leg after trying on.
This pattern is from Wendy Ward’s book A Beginners Guise to Sewing With Knitted Fabrics and is one of two trouser patterns in the book.
These are a great shape, fitted around the waist and hips and then dropping to a wide leg.
This fabric is a 200g jersey from Pin and Sew and is ideal as it isn’t too clingy and has some body.
The waistband is 3 inch elastic. I didn’t follow the instructions to overlock the elastic to the waistband, choosing to overlock the edges of the trouser and then attach the elastic with a 4×4 zigzag stitch.
To add to the stability of the waistband I added two rows of 4×4 zigzag stitching at the top and bottom of the waistband. I finished the hems with an overlocked edge and a 1 inch hem with 4×4 zigzag to finish
These really are secret pyjamas, so comfy. The instructions are easy to follow with step by step diagrams, and there is a section in the book that discusses the different types of knit fabrics available which is useful if you’re new to knits.
Already planning another pair 😺✂️✂️
I’ve seen some great versions of this pattern popping up on Instagram, and decided to make my own.
The Friday Pattern Co. website states that it’s patterns are ‘for the modern woman, minimalist and easy to sew’. I purchased the PDF version of the pattern.
There are three pattern pieces, elastic forms the shoulder gathers and creates the sleeve shape.
I decided to remove 5cm from the sleeve width by overlapping the fabric fold 2.5cm with the pattern piece after looking at other versions of the blouse on line. There are lines on the pattern piece (see = above) to narrow or widen the sleeve as wanted.
The neckline is finished with a folded band, the front and back of the top are the same.
The fabric was from The Frugal Fabric Store and is mid weight with 50% stretch.
I made the XL and added 5cm to the length and removed approx 5cm from the hip width. Really pleased with this top and have a second version planned in lightweight jersey already 😺✂️✂️