Do you remember a while ago when I wrote about Everyday Style by Lotta Jansdotter? I've been enjoying looking through it and planning future projects - and recently I made up a couple of things to wear to the office for winter. It's always a great feeling to be able to make my own everyday garments, instead of buying them, mostly because I am fussy and like my clothes to be a certain fabric, shape, etc. But of course just to bypass the whole chain store thing too. I made the 'Owyn' pants from some black cotton drill and the dress pictured above - the design is called 'Esme'.
To make the Esme dress I used some cotton/rayon fabric with fern print. It's very roomy and soft, perfect with leggings and a cardigan. I made a couple of changes - one being the facing which I sewed by hand, and the sleeves which I lengthened a bit.
A great feature of Lotta's new book is that she provides very adaptable patterns, and ideas for changing them up. I think I will get a lot of use from it.
Here is something lovely that I found yesterday: 10 ways to help a friend when they are sad or struggling.
Very good advice! Thank you Pip.
p.s Making a dress together would be a cheering activity too, I reckon.