I had never heard of this company before and am so glad to have gotten the chance to make three of their patterns, the third will be in an upcoming post later this week. I love that their patterns are very practical, for everyday wear. And they’re comfortable. It seems that I’ve been focusing on making everyday, comfortable clothes this year, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Their patterns go together really well and you can make a pretty comfy wardrobe for yourself with a variety of their patterns. For this post I’ve paired together the Alena top with the Maxi trousers.
First, let’s talk about the Alena shirt. The pattern has two versions and I chose to make version 2, the relaxed fit with a wider neckline. It’s nice and roomy and feels light, it’ll be great for summer.
It’s a little longer in the back than in the front which makes it a little different from typical t-shirts. I was able to make it up in a couple of hours and it doesn’t take too much fabric which is always a plus!
I like how the sleeves are wide and roomy, it’s comfortable and will be even more so as the weather starts to warm up.
Next, the Maxi trousers. Again, the pattern has two versions, one with a cuffed leg and one with a wide leg. I chose to make the wide leg version. This one can be made with either knit or a lightweight woven to get two different looks. I feel like the knit is a very casual look, like for lounge wear, around the house, running a quick errand or two, going for walks.
There’s no seam on the outside of the leg which makes it go together faster and I think it helps make it drape better and look more flowy than if there was a seam to break it up.
When putting the elastic in the pattern doesn’t specify what width to use so I went with a 1″ elastic, it’s not too narrow and it isn’t too wide to be uncomfortable and fold over. And then I couldn’t find my bodkin, so I used a large safety pin. Which worked even better because the bodkin would always let go of my elastic…
I think out of the three patterns, this one went together the quickest, it took me maybe an hour, no more than an hour and a half! You could make a couple of them at once, or one of each version and have new pants in no time.
This month, Zierstoff Patterns is offering 30% off all patterns with the code MahlicaDesigns30 so if you’re interested, check them out, there’s many different patterns.
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