I decided to do another internet sewing challenge, this time an Outfit-a-long, where you make a dress and a cardigan, specifically to wear together. I didn't want to buy yet another pattern that would live in the cupboard, never to be used again, so I used the Anna dress from By Hand London. What a lovely clear pattern, with super instructions, and the dress is looking great. I didn't have enough fabric to make a maxi dress with a massive thigh high split, plus I'm not sure that would look very good on me.
It helps that the fabric is absolutely adorable, and carries a lot of the dodgy sewing and wonky seams. I tried French seams on the shoulders, which was great, but I'm going to pink the seams on the skirt. The skirt is made up of about 7 panels, so it swishes round beautifully when I twirl. It's not quite finished, it needs a zip, a hem and a good press.
I'm just finishing off a sock for Simon, but after that I'm going to start the cardigan. The designer is new to me, but her Miette cardigan is a favourite of sewing bloggers, possibly because they aren't knitters, possibly because they all seem to be about 7 with tiny little figures that suit cropped vintage styles. I don't fancy the Miette, but the Myrna looks very nice, and I'm looking forward to knitting it. Mine is going to be light blue, not a colour I often choose, but it matches my gorgeous little raccoons very well.
Are you interested in making matching things? The fun I had during "me-made-May" (still can't say it) has highlighted a lot of gaps in the wardrobe, so I'm happily filling them with lots of lovely handmades; I'm aiming to knit a version of one of my absolute favourites in the next few months. watch this space.