The Avenir Jumpsuit…

I was so lucky to be invited to Little Miss Sew N Sew again to choose another pretty something to make. I can never decide, I become overwhelmed in fabric shops and their warehouse is amazing! So many gorgeous patterns and so many pretty fabrics.

When I first saw this jumpsuit, I thought it was more for spring wear, but actually with the right fabric and layers, it’s an amazing autumn/winter outfit too. Plus I thought it could be gorgeous dressed up! I went for a beautiful khaki printed fabric, it’s almost like an animal print, and I can’t resist an animal print! The fabric is gorgeously soft and drapey too, it is so nice to wear.

Because this make is a relatively simple sew, I could really slow down and enjoy the process, enjoy the fabric and make sure it was perfect. I added in a pretty little ribbon at the back of the jumpsuit so I know where the back is…

I think the jumpsuit looks perfect with converse trainers for casual daywear, and I can’t wait to wear it with sandals in spring too (that’s a while off I know.) It was my birthday last week, and for the first time in ages I went out with a girlfriend for cocktails and food and wore my jumpsuit. Other than silly high heels that I could hardly walk in, I felt like I was wearing pyjamas, plus I was warm! And yet I still felt glam, I wore it with my oversized Kate Spade necklace that I never have an occasion for and a faux fur jacket.

Because I adore this, and I’m definitely going to make it again, here’s some more fabric inspo for you…

This Lady McElroy Starry Night Viscose was a close contender when choosing fabric, it’s stunning and has such a nice drape and feel to it. It would make a really classy, classic jumpsuit.

This fabric is the same print as mine, but in an amber colour, which is beautiful. There’s also a blue version too.

For something lighter in colour, maybe more for spring, this Lady McElroy Africa Live would be stunning.

And because I can’t get enough of the Lady McElroy Cobra Corsage fabric, here’s a linen look viscose that I think would look stunning in this jumpsuit.

This used to be a bedsheet…

I had an old bedsheet that I ruined in our house move, it was a gorgeous high quality cotton and I felt it would just be a waste to throw because of a couple of stains. I’ve been wanting a white shirt for a while and after the success of my last Bakerloo blouse (made from a pattern and fabric from Little Miss Sew n Sew, click Here for my blog on it) I thought I’d make it again. I love my patterned version, but you have to have the right outfit on to go with it. So for the days I want something smart/casual this is perfect! It’s also great for layering, not only surprisingly warm, the statement white collar looks amazing under a cardigan or jumper.

Now I’m looking at old bedding and curtains in a new light and wondering what else I could upcycle…

BLP Traveller Coat…

I was so lucky to be part of the Bella Loves Patterns testing team for this gorgeous Traveller coat. One of my Make Nine goals (which I’ve totally failed by the way) was to make a coatigan. But when I saw this advertised, I thought that actually I’d like something long lasting. I’d like to fulfil my goal of making a dream coat with a statement lining.

I made the coat from marshmallow coloured mouflon from Truro Fabrics (who have the most amazing range of coating fabrics) some pearl vintage buttons and leopard print lining. All the interfacing etc also came from Truro Fabrics (my local haberdashery doesn’t stock half the things needed, but Truro are so helpful, I often call and bug them!)

The pattern was amazing to put together, the instructions are so well laid out, the text and photos so clear, that even if you’ve not done any tailoring before, you could definately make yourself a coat! I felt bad that I couldn’t give anything to improve on!

The one thing I did slightly differently was bound button holes, just because I was feeling fancy and I love the way they look!

One thing I’ll have to change (because I messed up) is the lining, the leopard print fabric I bought was very cheap, I knew it before I sewed it together. But I just loved the pink and the leopard together (my dream coat) so I carried on regardless, I’ve now got a seam slippage, so I really need to find something else to replace it with. Which is a bit of a pain, I also can’t find anything similar, but in a better quality. So I’m living with it for now.