New skirt: The free Peppermint Pocket Skirt in Nani Iro linen

I’ve made a few of the free Peppermint Magazine x collaboration patterns and I’ve had pretty good successes with them. They’re popular for a number of reasons: they’re free* (of course), they’re good basics with a twist, but, most importantly, they’re drafted by good designers. Emily from In the Folds did a ton and this pattern is by Paper Theory, who brought out the Zadie jumpsuit and Olya shirt. I can’t vouch for the early ones, which seem to have much more restricted size ranges, but the ones I’ve made are solid.

The Pocket Skirt is a pretty simple skirt and the principal feature is, of course, the oversized, drapey pockets. There was something about the proportions of the skirt I liked and I saw several great versions on Instagram (check out the #peppermintpocketskirt).

I made the 16, which is a size down for my measurements, but I knew I had quite a bit of leeway because the waist was elasticised and I didn’t want the waistband to be quite so bunched up and bulky as some I saw. I think I made the right choice because I like the way this skirt looks.

The fabric is a beautiful-to-wear Nani Iro linen that I had sitting in my stash from last summer, and I hadn’t found quite the right project for it before. I love the result with this pattern and although there is a whiff of Swiss milkmaid about it, it’s lovely to wear.

Unsurprisingly, it’s very fast to make – just an hour or two and well explained. It’s such a great staple that I’m definitely going to use it again. Perhaps I’ll change up the pockets a bit as they’re so distinctive – but then, maybe not. You can fit some interesting items in them! Overall: a short and sweet success!

*Just recently Peppermint have gently asked for donations, if one is in a position to give something for the pattern, to help through the current challenging conditions. I think this is a very lovely way to do it and was more than happy to do so, but there is no strict requirement.

New makes: Brindille & Twig boy’s clothes round up

I made a few more Brindille & Twig patterns for the little guy recently, but since they are quite simple makes, I thought I’d wait and make one little post out of them. I wrote a review of the free B&T hoodie I made before, and I liked it so much I dove right into a few other patterns from Melissa of B&T.

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New make: Sorbetto top in plaid

Hello hello! I almost didn’t post this make since it seems that everyone in the whole wide world has made a Sorbetto top at some point. But obviously not everyone has, and maybe there are even some people yet to discover that its a free pattern from Colette Patterns that you can download any time you like! Plus, of course, this ended up with its own little complications. Bias binding: I’m talking about you.

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Monday montage: Ravelry garment revelry

Oh yes. All things woollen this Monday. My learning to sew has reignited my itch to crochet and my husband bought me a knitting course voucher at Christmas too, so I’ve been looking over all sorts of woollen goodies and crocheting up a few. I love crocheting blankets, scarves and cowls, but when it comes to garments, knitting is the winner for me. I can’t actually knit at all, so it’s pure conjecture and longing at this point, but here’s what’s already going on my Ravelry garment queue… and the first couple are FREE! Woohoo!

First up, I adore these little 50s-esque cardigans in beautiful bold colours, with a sprinkling of lacy detail. This gorgeous number is called Miette and is designed by Andi Satterlund. No doubt that the styling is stunning too. I would quite like to be this perfect fringe girl this morning. Sigh.

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