I am so excited about Marilla's new pattern release, the Roberts Collection. I know this is my third blog post in a row featuring Marilla's patterns (sorry, not sorry!) but I really feel this collection is just awesome! There are four and a half options to choose from (jumpsuit, dungarees, dungadress in two lengths and a top) and at just £8.40 that is incredible value for money!
I was asked to be a tester and I decided to start with the jumpsuit first, although it is not going to get a lot of wear until the weather warms up again as I made it in a lineny type fabric. I know the pattern has changed slightly since the tester version but I think that most of the changes were to the dress version so this should still be a good representation of the final product.
I made a straight size 3 all over and the fit is absolutely spot on for me. The only two things I changed when I was making it was to shorten the legs because the linen had distorted at the bottom of the leg and I was really impatient and just hacked it off! This means I don't have as much of a turn up as I would have liked but I will have a play around with this when I wear it next. The other thing I changed was to put my buttons and buttonholes on the wrong side as my fabric matched up better this way! When I tried to do it the correct way round the stripes were slightly out which was soooo annoying!
One of the (many) things I love about this pattern is the detail on the back. I can't wait to make this in denim because the seam will really stand out - I've seen Marilla's and it's amazing! I also love the pleats at the front which give a subtle bit of shaping.
I can't wait to make more versions of this pattern. On a recent trip to Walthamstow I picked up 3m of denim which is fairly stiff but I think it'll be perfect for a dungadress. I have also ordered some of the same denim Marilla made her sample jumpsuit in from an EBay seller which I am intending to make the dungarees from. I would love a denim jumpsuit too but I think I will find it too chilly to wear until next spring so will probably wait until then to make it, and the same for the top. I do feel the cold though and work in a really cold warehouse so tend to wear a lot of layers!
Speaking of layers, I am very short on vests, knickers and layering tops at the moment (despite making two larks recently), as is the Child, so I think I am going to have a big jersey sewing week ahead of me. Not interesting sewing, but necessary! What is everybody else up to this week?