Here is an outfit that I made last year and has only just hit the blogging list! The top is a project I wrote for Sew magazine that you can make without a pattern. Its a simple make that features gathered cuffs, nicely catering for the volume sleeve trend that started last year. I made this in Lady McElroy cotton lawn. I think Cotton lawn is a great choice for this top because it has enough body to create the volume in the sleeves and keep the shape quite boxy but it is soft and light enough to not feel like you are wearing a paper bag!
The cuffs are made from rectangles cut wider than sleeve edge and gathered to fit. This is a simple hack you could do on a different dress or top pattern.
I finished the neck edge with bias binding, this is one of my favourite quick and simple finishes I like to use on tops and some dresses, it works really well as long as you don’t mind a line of stitching around the neck edge.
The trousers are a rework of my self drafted cigarette trousers which I made a few years ago. I have quite a few pairs in plain and print! I wanted a more relaxed fit this time but keeping a fairly slim silhouette. I added two deep front pleats, slant pockets and a classic fly front. I made them in charcoal linen . I am really happy with the result. I love them so much I am tempted to add them to the publishing list, turning them into a pattern everyone can use. I have an idea for another pair with these same pleats, pockets and fly. This time cut with wide legs. I might also try a full length version of these.