I am a little bit in love with the various indie pattern designers and bloggers in the sewing community. One of my favourites is Marilla Walker. Marilla is a UK based pattern and textile designer with a unique style for cool and comfort. Like me, she has a passion for Japanese and Scandinavian design with modern, clean lines. Unlike me, she is a very talented pattern designer!
Her latest pattern release is the Roberts Collection, with 4 options to choose from; the jumpsuit, dungarees, dungaree dress and woven tee. A few weeks ago, Marilla asked me if I would pattern test her jumpsuit. You wouldn’t believe how excited I was! (Thank you Jen for recommending me… I love my Instagram friends!)
It’s an interesting pattern so I was thrilled to be asked. I popped into Lincraft and bought some lightweight chambray/denim for next to nothing (they were closing down) and off I went. Having never tested a pattern before I was unsure if I would qualify to make any kind of comment. But I really liked the process. It sent me back down my production roots and made me really think about what I was doing.
I made up the size 2, but as I am short in the body (and in the legs) I ended up grading down elements of the overall pattern. Since I made my version, Marilla has removed some of the baggy-ness from the overall fit. But not enough to change the design, it still has a really relaxed style.
I thought it would be a complicated pattern but the construction worked well and I was surprised at how fast I sewed this one up. It was fairly straightforward.
I have worn this jumpsuit to death already and I always get a comment. I am looking forward to making this in a very lightweight fabric for the Sydney summer which is now fast approaching. Now, which one next…. I think the woven tee might be my next love….