This blouse if from By Hand London. I thought to give them a try before purchasing a pattern. They offer a free pattern called the Polly top. It came together in an evening and directions and illustrations were clear and concise! It’s a color block blouse but I chose to use all one fabric. One thing I’ll mention that will help you when you’re using their patterns. When you’re in between sizes, choose smaller. I chose to make an XS and it’s too big for me, so these patterns run large. If you want to make the Polly top, be sure to use a fabric thathas drape. I used a Nani Iro brushed cotton and it definitely contributes to the large feeling of the XS.
We’re thrilled to be carrying some new patterns in the shop! By Hand London is a small company, based out of London of course, and run by three girls. They’ve just opened a new part to their business, fabric printing! We’re starting with just a few of their patterns, a blazer and two dresses. The classy Anna dress that would be beautiful for bridesmaids in a summer wedding, the blazer I imagine made with linen and lined with Liberty, and the Kim dress is beautiful for a full figured body and has a few versions to choose from. Stop in soon, have a look and stay tuned for a By Hand London pattern review that I’ll be posting next week!
Some interesting things came through the door this past week. And, some equally as welcomed basics too!
Let’s start with the basics. We’re restocked with that great hemp/ organic cotton heavy weight stripe in indigo, red and brown. You can see the indigo version used in this great looking tote by Hannah. (It’s the widest stripe.) We also just got in a super cozy collection of solid flannels:
Our inventory is typically quite colorful and contemporary. That doesn’t mean we don’t appreciate a more subdue palette of William Morris reproductions:
And, some of Carolyn Friedlander’s new great group, Doe (top two prints are not part of the group):
These sweetly colored prints from Moda say Spring, for sure. Including the raindrops that usually mean spring around here:
We are very happy to get back in these gorgeous, unique, traditional African mud cloths:A shipment of trims arrived yesterday, including knit foldover trim, some super festive, sparkly ribbon and sweet, little polka dot, ruffle elastic.
Are you ready for some spring sewing? Come and see us, we’ll be sure you are!