Today is reveal day for month one of the #sewmystyle2018 challenge and I have indeed managed to make the stated garment this month.
I need to apologise for not having many photos; this is purely because I intended to take them today and then have spent nearly all day in bed with a migraine. Best laid plans and all that.
The chosen garment this month was the Sunny top / dress by Friday Pattern Company. I hadn’t come across this company before but one thing I do like is that they give a percentage of sales of each pattern to a charity. Which is a nice touch.
I wasn’t sure to start with that I needed another t shirt pattern and spent quite a while deciding how to use it in my wardrobe so that it would actually get some wear. Then I was sent a copy of Wendy Ward’s new book, A Beginner’s Guide To Sewing With Knitted Fabrics to review (that post is scheduled in a couple of months, the book’s been so popular!) and realise that the Monsal Lounge Pants would make the perfect pj bottoms when paired with the right top. Bingo!
I made them up in the loudest jersey known to man, bought in the Girl Charlee sale at the start of the month. This is their spandex cotton jersey and it is perfect for sleepwear; really soft and comfy with good recovery.
You can see in the photo above that I cut out on the fold; this wasn’t the best idea and any chance of stripe matching vanished! However I’ve decided that the design is so loud, it doesn’t entirely matter!
I will wax lyrical in my review post about the Monsal pants but let just say, I love them. They are stupidly comfy and an easy sew, especially when you skip the pockets. And even I don’t need pockets in pyjamas!
So, how about the top?
I have to say I’m not thrilled with this pattern. There were all kinds of niggles just with the pattern itself; stupid things like the sizing chart only being available on the website, and then not even on the main page for this pattern, which is a pain. There are no notches to speak of which I don’t rate and, although the neckband is a suggested finish, there is neither pattern piece nor stated dimensions.
I cut a size M and it fits ok, if on the snugger side of things, but I find it very short in the body. I have that constant urge to yank it down a bit and if I were not wearing this as nightwear, I’d find that really annoying.
But I am wearing it as nightwear. And as a combined set, this is awesome! Ok, it’s a good job I’m wearing this in the dark because DAMN, this pattern is bright, but I’m ok with that!
So all in all it’s a success. On balance I may not use the top pattern again and I’m very unlikely to make the dress version, but the trousers are a total win and that’s good enough for now.
Did you join in the challenge this month? And do next month’s coat patterns grab your attention?