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 top: Paper Theory Kabuki Tee

In my continuing quest to build up a wearable, practical wardrobe, (interspersed with off-the-cuff crazier garments of course), I decided I’d get some more SOLID woven tees and tops into my wardrobe once and for all. My problem when faced with a simple pattern is that I immediately want to make it more interesting by using a print or pattern. It’s almost a subconscious thing – I have no restraint! Argh!! When looking for some simple tops-with-a-twist, I discovered I already owned a couple, then I found a couple more I liked and the idea of a woven top collection emerged.

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I say collection – I really just mean a sort of comparison. They’re all fairly quick and easy to make and I’m thinking that the variety in the construction and details will keep me going interest-wise. Let’s see, shall we? Ha. I should also mention before I get going that I was partially inspired by a post @arrowmountain posted on Instagram some time ago (whose feed I love). Her drawings are quite mesmerizing anyway, but I loved the idea of this collection. Not many of the tees I’m making are on there, but the idea is similar.

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