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 dress: In the Folds free Jersey Dress for #sewfrosting

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This was a whirlwind project that I cut out one morning recently and sewed up on the serger the same afternoon. I’ve made a few slightly more complex projects recently, so I really just wanted something fun, fast and frivolous to zip up in a couple of hours that would hide all the holiday food I’ve been eating. And it really was all those things. The only fly in the ointment occurred when I slipped the finished garment over my head and thought, “Hmm, slightly nightgown-ish”. This was compounded when I went through to show my husband: “Hey look! I made this whole thing today!!” And he said, “Well, it’s nice… but it looks like a nightdress. Is it?” Hmmm. Damn, I thought.

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