Saturday, 21 May 2022

Lemont Blouse Check Lawn

I sewed my third Lemont top in another Lady McElroy Cotton lawn in brown and cream prince of Wales check. I pattern matched the front and the back but not the side panels as they sit diagonally and the check is upside down on one side, I wanted to use it for the delicate stripes and subtle contrast of the cross grain. Culottes in denim from Minerva.

Culottes in denim supplied by 

Saturday, 14 May 2022

Lemont Blouse in Poplin

My 2nd Lemont this time in poplin. It is designed for non-directional print or plain light weight fabrics, so I chose a ditsy floral. You may want to use a fabric with a drape because the side panels form the puff sleeves so the side seam curves, but I have a fondness for crisp cottons. Lemont is available in sizes 00-40 Regular to Full Bust and it is currently on introductory sale! Skirt fabric Minerva

The skirt is a Paul Smith fabric in gifted fabric .Minerva. Their dress cost £160 mine is just as smart and lined! Actually I prefer mine as the dress looks too boxy.

Thursday, 12 May 2022

Lemont Blouse - Itch to Stitch

I sewed my first Lemont Blouse - Itch to Stitch with a 1.7 metre Lady McElroy cotton lawn remnant, I think the pattern calls for 1.3 metres. It is designed for non-directional print wovens or plain light (or medium weight in my opinion) fabrics. The diagonal bird print on my fabric means it will look the same direction at the front and the back. I thought I should sew some red culottes or a skirt to go with this print as it looks quite American flag or Nautical! There are no closures to sew and the no sleeves to set in. You only need to print your bust size, and choose regular or full bust, then you use the Instructions diagram to add or reduce width to the hip using your upper hip measurement difference calculation, a ruler and some scrap paper. Once cut out you are ready to make many, I am sewing up my third currently, I can finish one within a day and they would be great for layering under overalls or waistcoats. I love how the sleeves are fashionable but also very classic, the puff sleeve starts with a narrower shoulder which is more flattering than starting at the end of the shoulder, it envelopes rather than jutes out, the sleeve length is also great if you don't like too much fabric at your wrists (me when I am working at the computer) but still want to make a statement sleeve. I didn't need to make a muslin for pattern testing as it has mid sleeves and a standard hem length. 

The Lemont Top is a breezy woven top with feminine details. This semi-relaxed fit garment has short dolman sleeves and no buttons or zipper, making it quick to sew and easy to fit. The combination of narrow shoulders and puffy sleeve heads creates a balanced, pleasing look whether you have broad or narrow shoulders!

  • Options for regular bust and full bust
  • Wide, scoop neckline finished with bias binding
  • Front and back princess seams
  • Short dolman sleeves with gathers at the top and hem
  • Designed for lightweight woven fabric
  • Sizes 00 - 40, Regular Bust or Full Bust (over 3 inch high - full bust difference).
  • You only need to print one size PDF layer saving ink, I usually print three sizes!