LANA for me!

When Olga Becker from Coffee and Thread asked if any of the Lana KIDS testing team would like to join a Lana Pattern Tour I put my hand up immediately! Anything to encourage a bit of selfish sewing and with such a lovely pattern how could I refuse!


I intended making myself a Lana Dress, as I could definitely do with a few more Me Made dresses in my wardrobe (I have only one!!), but ended up making a couple of casual tops that are immediate favourites.

Love that ruffled drop sleeve detail, almost as much as I love that shade of yellow!

First, I made a t-shirt using some of See You At Six‘s latest collection of fabrics. I wasn’t supposed to buy any more fabric when this collection came out, but couldn’t resist those flying geese on such a lovely shade of yellow.

Grey and yellow – a great combination! I can just about get away with this shade of yellow and love it with my grey linen Calyer Pants by French Navy Patterns.

I sized up to allow for the french terry fabric that has a little more body than the jersey fabric intended for the pattern. It’s a relaxed fit on me and the lovely soft fabric makes it nice and cosy. Honestly, it will get more wear next summer than over the winter months but already has had quite a few outings, layered up as necessary.

Pretty cool with blue too! This time with my Cleo Skirt by Made By Rae Patterns in lovely linen by Merchant and Mills.
I can just about keep wearing it on those not too chilly days layered up with one of my favourite RTW cardis.

For Round Two I promised myself I’d make a dress, but then came across this lovely soft white sweater fabric in my stash and knew that it needed to become a jumper.

Lovely soft white sweater from Quilt Yarn Stitch. Yes, I am aware how mad it is to make something white in a household with three filthy little-uns.

The sweater fabric came from one of my favourite Irish fabric shops Quilt Yarn Stitch and I married it with more of that yellow See You At Six ribbing and some striped organic cotton interlock from Fabwork Mills. Yellow, White and Grey. Yum!!

I love the long sleeves with the gathered shoulder. Just enough detail to lift it from the ordinary without being too fussy.

I used the ruffled short sleeve and hacked it to an extra long sleeve with a yellow cuff to keep it practical and cosy. Olga has actually added a straight long sleeve to the pattern that can be used by itself or with the ruffle piece layered over it, but I wanted just a gather to the main sleeve so gave it a go. Not perfect but I’m happy!! (Notice a pattern developing? I love a cosy top!) I added a waistband to finish the bottom.

I spent a while thinking about the arm fabric. You don’t often see a jumper with a different coloured sleeve and was worried it would look weird when it was made. I wanted to used the lighter weight fabric to avoid the sleeves being too bulky and love the soft white and soft grey combined with the yellow. I’m delighted I risked it!!

Sleeve success!!!

I must say I was delighted with myself heading off to the Knitting and Stitching Show the day after I made this sweater in my largely Me Made outfit. This sewing addiction of mine is so rewarding! Even if it results in a lighter bank balance and neglected household…

Off to the Knitting and Stitching Show (where I bought more of that gorgeous white sweater fabric from the lovely ladies at the Quilt Yarn Stitch stand) in my new jumper along with my self drafted bag and Sylvia Coatigan. Yeay!!

I’m so thrilled to have been able to join so many talented seamstresses on this pattern tour. If you check out @coffeeandthread over on Instagram you’ll see all the fabulous work. So very inspiring, and I love the comradery fostered in the Facebook sewing groups!


Over at Coffee and Thread there is a 20% discount on all their patterns for the duration of the Lana Pattern Tour, 5th -16th November 2018, code: ‘lanatour’; so well worth a visit!!!

 

2 thoughts on “LANA for me!

    1. Thanks a million Emi!! There was so much inspiration in the Lana Tour Group! It’s want I love about testing and joining tours – you are exposed to so much amazing work and new people! I really love your peach coloured version with the bell sleeves – I’ll be having a go at a version like that when I get a chance. So much sewing, so little time!! And thank you for checking out my blog and taking the time to comment! xx Sarah.

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