Oliver + S • Lullaby Layette Set Trousers Pattern Review

Posted on July 30, 2015

With our friends little boy's first birthday fast approaching, we've the perfect excuse to try out the trousers from the Lullaby Layette Set by Oliver + S! And what better fabric to make them in than our beautifully soft 100% Organic Double Cloth, we've made ours up in both the Blue and the Brown. Because this fabric is organic it doesn't contain any harmful chemicals or dyes, making it ideal for babies and young children as well as adults!

Oliver + S Lullaby Layette Set | The Draper's Daughter

We strongly recommend that you trace off the patterns so that you can re-use it again and again as baby grows. The other thing to note is that these patterns only have a 1cm seam allowance compared to the more standard 1.5cm, this is referenced throughout but we thought worth a mention.

These trousers are really straightforward and easy to make, the instructions are clear and come with helpful illustrations to assist you at each stage of your make.

Take time with the pockets to ensure that they are even, we used a tip we picked up when making up one of our adult Colette patterns, and made a template out of card of the shape of the finished pocket so that we could gather the curved end section of pocket evenly and then press before stitching to the back sections of the trousers. For a patterned fabric you may even decide to leave the pockets off making this an even easier make!

 Oliver + S Lullaby Layette Set | The Draper's Daughter

 When it comes to top-stitching the waistband to the front of the trousers we tacked it in place rather than just pinning, to ensure that we covered the stitch line where the waistband is attached to the back of the garment.

Oliver + S Lullaby Layette Set | The Draper's Daughter

Once the waistband's on all that's left to do is turn up the trouser hems and you're done!

Oliver + S Lullaby Layette Set | The Draper's Daughter

These are so easy to make we're sure you'll want to make them again and again! Why not try them in our Organic Crossweaves or Ginghams, Robert Kaufman Chambray Union Herringbone or Woven Stripe, or the Nani Iro for Kokka's Sen Ritsu would look lovely for a girl with a hint of shimmer.





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Merchant and Mills • The Camber Set Dress

Posted on May 12, 2015

We loved making the top version of this so much that we're revisited The Camber Set by Merchant & Mills, this time to make the dress.

Merchant & Mills The Camber Set in Nani Iro for Kokka Mountain Views

As we mentioned in our first blog about making the top, this pattern really lends itself to using a contrasting fabric for some of the pattern pieces. With that in mind, for this make we decided to use Nani Iro for Kokka's Mountain Views in Grey and we've chosen to add some contrasting panels in our 100% Organic Cotton Crossweave in the Dark Grey. As I'm sure you'll have gathered by now we love a bit of grey!

Merchant & Mills The Camber Set in Nani Iro for Kokka Mountain Views

 Initially we were only going to make the front neck binding in the contrasting fabric but when we started to sew the pieces together we decided to contrast the back yoke as well.

Merchant & Mills The Camber Set in Nani Iro for Kokka Mountain Views

Merchant & Mills The Camber Set in Nani Iro for Kokka Mountain Views

Merchant & Mills The Camber Set in Nani Iro for Kokka Mountain Views

This pattern has already become a firm favourite and one which we plan to make again and again. Because of it's simple silhouette and understated panels, it's a style that you can easily make several times in different fabrics, and each time it'll look totally different.

For our next make, we're thinking we'll make it in Robert Kaufman's Washed Indigo Denim, and reverse out the denim for the front neck binding and the sleeves to create a subtle contrast!

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Pattern Review • The Dress Shirt Sewing Pattern by Merchant and Mills

Posted on April 30, 2015

For our latest make we've chosen The Dress Shirt by Merchant and Mills. This dress comes with 2 sleeve options, one short sleeved, which we're chosen, and the other a longer half sleeve with rolled up cuffs.

Merchant & Mills The Dress Shirt in Robert Kaufman's Essex Linen

This dress is inspired by the Grandad style of shirt; its classic cut and relaxed style has been designed by Carolyn Denham, founder of Merchant and Mills, to be worn loose but at the same time she's managed to create a flattering silhouette. Carolyn's clever pattern cutting skills mean there's no need for a zip or buttons for this dress, making it suitable for both beginners and experienced sewists alike!

As this dress would work well in so many different fabrics it was hard to decide what to use for our first make of this pattern! However, we finally landed on the Yarn Dyed Essex Linen in Black by Robert Kaufman and chose to line the bib and back yoke in the tonally contrasting Organic Cotton Crossweave in Black. The Essex Linen is a beautiful quality fabric, what we particularly like about the yarn dyed fabrics is how the Black is woven with an Ecru to create a subtle chambray effect, as apposed to a solid colour.

Merchant & Mills The Dress Shirt Pattern Pieces Cut Out

This pattern is a joy to make, the instructions are clear and have helpful illustrations, which we found really easy to follow.

Merchant & Mills The Dress Shirt View of Back Yoke

The one point that may be a little tricky for those new to sewing is when the back yoke and lining pieces are attached (Points 11 to 14), if this is a little daunting then check out our blog post on The Camber Set. Other than that it's really straightforward.

Merchant & Mills The Dress Shirt Close Up of Front Yoke

Merchant & Mills The Dress Shirt Made Up in Robert Kaufman's Essex Linen

We did find that this style came up quite big, so we would recommend that you check the sizing carefully first with a view to possibly making a size smaller.

This is a style we'll be making time and time again, next we're thinking possibly Robert Kaufman's Chambray Union Woven Spot or the Striped Railroad Denim!







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