Allie at Indiesew just launched her 2016 Winter Collection, and it’s full of yummy pieces perfect for dressing up or down. She’s featuring a new designer, Kennis of Itch to Stitch, whose Mila Shirt is already proving to be a big hit. It’s a woven blouse with a buttoned half placket, optional collar, hi-lo hem, and optional sleeve tabs. The design also includes cup sizes so that you won’t have to spend time making bust adjustments. And it’s beautiful — one of those pieces that you’d expect to see in the nicer chain stores for big bucks.
As you likely know, Allie also started selling fabric on Indiesew, which is a tremendous resource for home sewists. It’s often difficult to find a curated collection of fabric appropriate for modern women. Apparel fabrics are harder to judge than, say, quilting cottons — there are so many designers and manufacturers out there that it’s a challenge to tell if a fabric is worth its price tag. Allie sources all her fabrics herself, going on scouting trips for designer overstocks and feeling each fabric by hand, so it’s no wonder that her fabric choices often sell out within hours of listing.
And GUESS WHAT: Indiesew is debuting a new fabric today! The Eggshell Dotted Rayon Sateen is a beautiful flowy rayon that feels like a blend between silk and cotton sateen. It’s got a high sheen on the right side and looks so luxe. Plus the fun, modern print can be worn either with jeans or with a skirt and heels. I sewed it up into my very own Mila Shirt — and you can too, at an RST discount!
The slipperiness of rayon I’ve discussed before, and it did make this top a bit more challenging to sew than more structured shirting fabrics. My suggestions are to starch it pretty heavily for sewing, and also to follow all directions for staystitching.
And here’s what you should know about the Mila Shirt: DO NOT plan to sew this up for a deadline (like for a collaboration with a business colleague on your sewing blog) and then start it 36 hours before it’s due. This pattern is intense. I actually paused halfway through to look up Kennis’s bio on her website. Was she a professional seamstress? Did she apprentice at Dior earlier in her life? (A: No, but she studied dressmaking while in school in Hong Kong, which might be comparable based on her drafting knowledge.)
But you know what? For a pattern that has incredible details and professional-level finishing, it’s also fabulously easy to understand. Kennis’s instructions are replete with diagrams, clearly written steps, and supplemental information (like on hemming and blending sizes) that make the pattern really enjoyable to follow. A half placket is not an easy undertaking, but it’s definitely possible. At the end, I was really happy with the fit of my blouse and also really proud that it didn’t look at all “handmade.”
Want to sew your very own? From now through Black Friday, save 20% when you buy either the Mila Shirt or the Eggshell Dotted Rayon Sateen and use code MILA20! Need a blouse for your holiday dinners, or an easy top for wearing with leggings and boots? Yes, you do.
As an Indiesew blogger team member, I am provided with patterns in exchange for an honest review. I was also provided with fabric for this post. All opinions are my own.