I don’t know how to describe this feeling, but when someone from our sewing community achieves something I feel so very proud of them! This was the case with Nina, I knew her from her blog and when I saw her launching her new collection I was very excited! From all the messages we’ve exchanged, I can tell she’s a very sweet person and very passionate about sewing! Her patterns are absolutely gorgeous and the Portobello trousers are next on my list for sure! Besides the Carnaby dress, I also pattern tested her Kew dress that she launched in the summer and it was lovely and very very popular! Anyway, back to the actual make 🙂
The Carnaby dress is basically a shift dress, but has a very interesting construction that I haven’t seen anywhere before. It has two parts, the bodice and a skirt, which features some sneaky square pockets! It closes in the back with a zipper and it comes in two variations, with or without sleeves. I opted for the long sleeve version because I didn’t want to have to wear something under it.
The fabric I chose was a very lightweight denim fabric, which was lovely to work with but it creases like crazy, as you can probably tell by my photos! I promise you I ironed it before the photo shoot but the minute I put it on it looked like a crumpled mess!
My fabric choice was my only regret about this dress, but I am still wearing it a lot. Because the fabric is quite thin, this isn’t the warmest dress in my wardrobe, so I usually layer it with a cardigan!
Regarding the sizing, I went for a size 10 which fits like a glove! I made no alterations to the pattern, apart from lengthening the sleeves a little bit so I can wear it in the autumn. Nina’s instructions were great and I think this is a pattern that a beginner can easily try!
I really need to make a warmer version of the Carnaby dress so I can wear it more comfortably in the winter! I was thinking a wool one, with no sleeves and apparently Nina had the same thought! I was thrilled to see her version in the autumn look book she published this week! I also need a pair of mustard Portobello trousers like hers and definitely a faux suede Kew skirt like the one she made! If only the day had more hours, guys…
Let me know what you think about my Carnaby dress! Have you made one? Have you tried Nina’s patterns? I would love to see them!