My latest sewing pattern is Millie, which offers two dresses and a top. The development of this pattern suffered a string of delays that almost put me off publishing it this year. However the feedback and photos from the testing group restored my faith. Their versions also made me realise that the pattern is actually good for all seasons. I had intended it as summer dress and made summer versions for all the promotion. The pattern testing is one of my favourite parts of developing a pattern, I really love to see how the testers interpret a style and the way they wear it.
The Millie pattern has three versions, all styles are based around a wide fitted band above the bust with wide straps and a centre back zip. There is an A-line pinafore dress with large feature patch pockets. A top which is a shortened version of the pinafore that features vents and a hem facing that can be stitched on the inside or the outside. The second dress style is a maxi dress, gently gathered on to the band with a panelled and tiered skirt.
Beth made the A-line pinafore style and proved straightaway that the style worked across the seasons by layering it over a t-shirt. She made her version in a cotton linen blend fabric.
She also added this lovely detail. Lining the pocket with a piece of left over Liberty print lawn, a small discreet detail but nonetheless a lovely designer touch and a great use for scraps.
Nathalie kept her Millie pinafore to one print. I love how this works as a simple summer dress with the added practicality of big pockets.
Karen’s pinafore is such fun. She picked a bright cotton print and then chose complimenting colours for the bands and pockets. The making of this dress caught the tail end of the summer but I know Karen loves this dress and I’m sure it will be well worn next summer. She already has a winter layer-able version planned too.
Helen made the Millie top. She used a plain fabric for the bands, facing and straps to compliment her print. I think this works so well. It makes a dressy top that could easily be worn for a celebration or party.
Emma made her Millie top in one print giving the top an easy versatile appeal. Selecting a seasonal print and worn with a cardigan would easily translate from summer to winter.
Anila didn’t stop at one version of Millie – she made all three. I love her choice of colours and prints. She also commented that the pockets on the pinafore are great as she can sit down without her mobile phone falling out of them. Added bonus!!
Deanna made the tiered maxi. Adding the cosy cardy gives the dress a lovely laid back late summer evening feel. Its already got me planning ahead!
Marte reduced the maxi dress by one tier for a shorter version. She used multiple different fabrics to create her dress, making this a great solution for those large left over pieces from other projects. Choosing to layer her Millie up makes it great for cooler weather.
A big thanks to all the testers for all the invaluable feedback and showing such great versions. I think Millie has come together in the end. A pattern that shows lots of options and versatility and allows everyone to add their own creativity is a win in my eyes.