Just in time for Christmas, I have decided that I need a few slouchy dresses added to my wardrobe. At this time of year a smock dress hides a multitude of mince pies and mulled wine and is basically perfect for all the festive treats I’m planning to consume.
You may think that Megan Nielsen’s Sudley dress (blogged here and here) is a summer dress but I like to think it can be worn year round with just a few small additions. I decided to test this theory out and I’m pleased with the results.
This pattern offers loads of alternative ways of mixing the pattern up, including lowering the waistband and making a top version, so I didn’t feel too bad about changing it slightly.
As the winter months draw nearer, there’s one pattern I’m so excited about. It’s the Toaster sweater by Sew House Seven and, specifically, version two of the pattern.
It’s a lovely funnel neck thin jumper that is perfect for wearing under coats and with jeans. I love funnel neck jumpers anyway at this time of year and, with a pattern to make my own, I’ll definitely be making a few of these in the near future.
I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect funnel neck jumper pattern all autumn. I have two favourite high street ones from last year but they’re starting to get a bit bobbly and this is the perfect replacement pattern.
Here’s some inspiration from the high street for what I have in mind:
As for the fabric, I actually had some fabric from Fabric Land in mind for this. However, a few days after buying it, I got a phone call to say they’d run out and wouldn’t be restocking. I’m so sad about this as it seemed to be the perfect fabric for this pattern.
Here’s a pic of the fabric in question – if anyone knows where I can buy the same fabric elsewhere, please let me know!
But, alas, I’ve also planned a few different versions. A navy blue fabric (I’m thinking a ponte de roma fabric), a mustard yellow and a raspberry red. I’ve also got my eye on this grey ribbed jersey and navy striped fabric from Guthrie and Ghani too, for some thinner Toaster sweaters.
Also, a couple of weeks ago, Seamwork’s newest pattern, the Sadie, was released. This is pretty similar to the Toaster sweater, but a little bit looser and longer if that’s more your thing!
Do you have any Toaster sweaters in mind? It seems as though it’s a staple make for sewists this year.
Happy new year to you all! I hope you have lots of sewing adventures and general life adventures to come this year.
I’m excited for the year to come and I’ve already got lots of plans of things I want to make.
Last year my resolution was to say yes to more things and it worked out well. I haven’t made any resolutions as such this year, but I’m planning on continuing that yes way of thinking, as well as trying not to be so hard on myself.
I decided quite a while ago to move from my old wordpress.com blog to a self-hosted space and now I’ve finally done it – welcome to And She Made!
The main reason I wanted to do this was because I wasn’t happy with the old blog name. I started it as a university project back in 2011 and came up with the name quite quickly. Initially I wanted the blog to be more fashion based but it evolved into a craft and sewing blog quite naturally and so the name didn’t fit anymore.
I’ll be posting the same content here as I was posting on Street Style Wales, plus a little extra lifestyle, so nothing much will change.