Have you ever thought to yourself ‘I wish I had thought of that’?
Well that is basically Merchant and Mills for me…
Honestly, I get it, I get their concept, I buy into it, I LOVE IT.
I sat watching their little videos on their site, and I was just so in love with them as a brand. Simple, understated backed up with being stylish and well designed. I am yet to find fault. I am even impressed how they barged through gender bias and it is simply for ‘Makers’… not just focusing on women traditional sewers.
My chosen fabric was this little beauty from Fabworks. I am a sucker for feathers, and grey, and this seems perfect. I really love their fabrics, I will be doing another order from them when I justify it… and maybe when they get the constellations fabric back in stock (hint hint)
I had seen Merchant and Mills about on Instagram, various makes and patterns. At first I wasn’t overly excited, until I saw The Dress Shirt. It was exactly what I was looking for, just a simple pull on shirt style dress, casual but with structure.
The pattern is gorgeous, it has that vintage feel of an older pattern, with simple fonts and graphics. The envelope itself is just a black and white picture of their dress made up, with their logo. The instructions have amazing little hand drawn pics on, and super easy to follow, if a newbie fancies a challenge, this could be it.
So how did it sew…
It went great. The only adjustment I would make is the sleeves need to be gathered in for me… otherwise it is perfect. The sizing is amazing and the length is just right. The grey has turned out quite light, almost blue, therefore I have not worn it as much as some of my me mades. I feel like Wendy Darling from Peter Pan in it, as it is as comfortable as a night gown, and a similar colour. I definitely need a black one of these bad boys, and possible a wine colour for Autumn, in a thicker material.
Overall, a massive success. It is exactly what I wanted, it is timeless piece i will pull out again and I want to make more in ALL THE COLOURS. Definitely recommend. Just need to figure out what Merchant and mills pattern to try next!
Keep an eye on my Instagram for continuous updates on what i am working on at the mo…