When Susan and Nic from new UK based pattern brand Homer & Howells asked me to pattern test for them it was an easy decision to make. I had already made their Blair blazer twice and was a big fan. The pattern was really well drafted, the instructions were clear and the style was perfect for me.
I will admit that this style of dress is one I usually avoid- I hate showing the top of my arms, I know it’s silly! But I trusted their skills and thought it was as good a time as any to try this style out.
I love it! I made my first version in a mid-weight black watch tartan linen I had in my stash. I wore it 3 times within the first week of making it, which says it all. It is lightweight, breathable and easy to throw on. I can picture it with a high neck jumper layered underneath for winter too.
The neckline has a lovely soft v shape to it which I feel hits just the right spot for me. One of my favourite details is the side splits which are finished with a lovely deep hem.
For reference I am 5ft 6inch and the length of the dress and depth of the side splits are perfect for me.
I made a second version in this Lady McElroy linen viscose blend from Sister Mintaka. I had 1.5m and it was narrower than what the pattern required but I managed to squeeze it in by taking 2 inches off the length and cutting one of the facings in 2 (not on the fold).
The pattern comes with 2 options for finishing the neckline, either a facing or a bias finish. I used a facing for both version. The instruction for doing a bias finish were very clear and I would feel confident to try this out too.
The girls have included some fitting tip with this version for some changes that might be a little tricky with this style, such as a narrow/broad shoulder adjustment.
If you haven’t had a look at this pattern company before you definitely need to check them out, the Blair blazer is a brilliant pattern for starting to make blazers and I have the Maud trousers cut and ready to sew. Next on my list will be the Cissy dress (which I intend to pick up today).
I am super happy I have tried this cami style of dress out now as these are definitely 2 of my most worn pieces this summer. What are your favourite summer pieces this year?