It’s always at this time of year that I particularly start craving an autumnal colour palette. For me, there’s something a bit special about mustard or yellow when the weather is a bit colder outside. I think it started with a certain Marks and Spencer advert featuring Twiggy, Erin O’Connor and a beautiful yellow coat a few years ago. The colour just stood out for me and I’ve been associating yellow, and mustard in particular, with this season ever since.
There are a number of beautiful clothes in the shops at the moment and, as ever, I’ve been pinning my faves. Here are just a few things I’ve been inspired by lately and hopefully some of these will translate into actual made by me clothing.
It’s so wonderfully and uncomfortably hot at the moment in London and I seem to be craving all kinds of new clothes for my daily commute. Usually, in this weather, it is bare legs and midi skirts that I look to and this time it’s no different.
If you saw my recent post on May sewing plans you’ll know I had some of the below in mind. If not, go and take a look!
I ventured to Walthamstow market last weekend and of course I couldn’t leave empty handed. I bought this wonderful viscose fabric with dainty flowers on from the man outside Sainsbury’s.
I know I want a big, flowing skirt from this fabric but I’m not quite sure if it’s going to be a circle skirt or a gathered number. What do you think? I’m thinking of going back this weekend for some more so I can make my second option as well, a 90s slip dress like the below:
Secondly, I know I do want a gathered skirt in some form or other. I saw some lovely olive green viscose from the same stall and, although I didn’t buy that one, a fabric like that would lend itself well to a gathered skirt, potentially with big pockets on the front and buttons down the front, like this one. Swoon!
Lastly, I picked up some incredibly cheap pale denim fabric from Cloth House yesterday and know this one is destined to be a denim skirt. It’s not very much fabric but maybe, just maybe, I’ll be able to squeeze a skirt from it.
Hot on the heels of the recent preview, Named have released their new sewing pattern collection online.
The Playground collection is inspired by the practicality and simplicity of children’s clothing but, better still, this collection is just for adults! Modern yet elegant and both simple and playful, the sewing patterns all look incredible and I can’t wait to make these up!
The collection includes dresses, tops, culottes, a wraparound playsuit, a denim jacket and even a pair of dungarees! Let’s take a look at some of the pieces.
It seems like everyone in the sewing community has made a Cleo and it’s fair to assume that Tilly has cornered the market with the dungaree dress. However, there are other pinafore and dungaree dress patterns out there and I thought I’d let you in on which ones are available if you don’t quite fancy making the Cleo.
Disclaimer: Cleo is also included in this round-up as it is a great pattern!
Possibly the most instagrammed dungaree pattern, the Turia, by Pauline Alice, is a close second to the Cleo in my opinion but comes with the option of both shorts and trousers, so it’s a win win situation. These dungarees have been around slightly longer than the Cleo and I’m itching to make myself a floral pair for the summer. If you’re thinking the same, just look at this bright version by Cocowawa Crafts as well as this Turia hack!