How are you enjoying this hot, dry spell we’ve been having? Like everyone else, we have been caught off guard by the unaccustomed heat and have been finding it a struggle at times, especially when it comes to getting kids to sleep!
We have been a little short of warm weather clothing too. Nearly all of Noura’s clothes have long sleeves, so I decided to make this Jeune Twin set by Sew Pony patterns. I used a Liberty lawn remnant I had left over from making a Delphine & Morrisette La Brune blouse.
My mum was visiting so I thought it was a good opportunity for a trip to Mayfield Lavender, which has been popping up on my Instagram a lot lately. It’s actually a fairly simple set up, a huge field with rows of lavender and a car park, with a small cafe and shop on site. Entrance is a very reasonable £2 per adult, children are free.
It didn’t seem there was much to do at first but the children actually enjoyed themselves running between the rows of lavender and playing hide and seek.
My son is wearing a Oliver + S Sketchbook shirt I made about six years ago for his big brother. It is still in excellent condition so I’m glad to see it being used again!
I cut a straight size 6 for both the skirt and top, although I probably should have made a size 4 width as Noura is quite slim but tall. It is a little big for her but she will be able to wear it next year which is useful.
The skirt was made a few weeks earlier, from a cotton linen blend which I’d describe as a pastel neon pink. It’s bright but not garish (in my opinion!). It was an easy project, I lined the skirt as the fabric was slightly sheer which adds a bit of body but I could probably have got away without lining too.
I made the top on the morning of our trip to the lavender fields, so I was up against a deadline! It was a fairly easy project, the frills on the sleeves (available as a pattern add-on from the Sewpony Facebook group) added some extra time but they are a pretty detail which makes the top a bit special. The top is lined in a plain cotton voile.
You can see the angled back detail above. The top can be made with various options, including a round neck and straight hem, or with this angled hem.
I posted about my La Brune dress a while ago but I trimmed down the ruffle quite a lot as I found it too wide for my taste. It’s much more wearable now.