Posted in Lulou Makes

Aster Shirt

Spring is most definitely in the air and with the warm weather sweeping in, although who knows how long it will last, I’m definitely in the mood for some summer sewing. However, as much as I love to make summer dresses, sometimes both warm weather appropriate and work appropriate clothes are needed. This month one of my main projects has been the Aster Shirt, here’s my take on it.

Difficulty: Intermediate

Shown in: Dovestone Mustard Rayon

Size: 6

I love this shirt pattern by Colette; it’s so versatile, able to be worn casually or professionally depending on what you put with it. For me, this is a nice invitation into the world of making shirt, which can often seem very daunting. It has many features of a traditional shirt, but the collarless design gives it a softer, more feminine feel. 

Here, I chose to make version one, which has short, cuffed sleeves, in our Dashwood mustard rayon. Mustard is definitely one of the great loves of my life and, as we are now approaching spring, the lightness and fluidity of the rayon is perfect for keeping me cool in the warmer months. 

I made the size 6, without any alterations, but I would recommend checking the finished measurements of the pattern against your body measurements thoroughly before you cut out. The pattern has a relatively boxy design, but is sized up fairly largely and you will likely find yourself making a size much smaller than you are used to.  You may want to consider slimming down the sides of the pattern if you prefer a more fitted look.

The pattern is self-bound around the neckline, however I chose to deviate slightly and engineer a facing, as I had not left myself enough fabric to make bias binding. However, you may choose to self-bind or even add a contrast bias. Finally I added these beautiful, flower-patterned shell buttons from The Textile Garden to fasten the final garment. 

This was a fairly uncomplicated make, the rayon handles beautifully and the instructions are clear. However, some of the techniques, buttonholes, attaching the yolks and binding may be new to some beginner sewers. However, this issue can be easily rectified with a few handy articles or YouTube videos and the result is fantastic. I would definitely recommend this project to anyone wanting to improve their sewing skills 

Posted in Dressmaking Kits, Lulou Makes

Nica Print Sundress

Hi! Welcome to our brand new, revamped blog. In January, we announced the release of our first pattern kit, the Nica Print Sundress, and to christen this new site I’d like to talk a little about this dress. You can purchase this kit here.

Lucy modelling the sundress

Difficulty: Beginner

Shown in: Nica Cotton Batiste

Size: 12

This is an absolute gem of a dress, and I would definitely recommend it as a beginner project. Even with the lining, it only took me about a day and a half to make. It’s simple but, most importantly of all, it looks fantastic. 

For this project, I chose to make option C of this pattern in our mustard and navy batiste as I wanted something bright and fun to put a dent in the winter blues. The dress works perfectly with a t-shirt underneath, but could definitely go without in the summer. 

The batiste is lightweight and absolutely needed to be lined, so I paired it with a paisley Jacquard lining in matching colours. Both are beautiful to work with, but the lining especially is brilliant for beginners as it is surprisingly stable and easy to work with, without compromising on a lovely finish. 

Beautiful Paisley Lining

I made the size 12, without any alterations, and was very pleased with the fit. It comes up a little wide over the hip for my body shape and it would be very easy to slim it down if you preferred something tighter fitting, but I think the slightly boxy lower half makes the dress a little more casual. 

One of the brilliant things about this dress that it required practically no faffing about – a simple cut out, sew and go. As someone who practically makes a hobby of underestimating the amount of work that goes into a sewing project it was fantastic to do something so easy, quick and straightforward. This is definitely a dress I’ll be making again and again.