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DIY dressmaking + crafts with Emily

Style Arc McKenzie blazer and Wear Lemonade trousers AKA Lilac power dressing!

Lilac is the new millennial pink right?

I’ve really embraced my love for this colour with a top to toe look in a gorgeous linen-tencel fabric from Minerva Crafts for my latest Blogger Network make.

I’ve made a full suit using the Style Arc Mckenzie blazer and the Wear Lemonade Julietta trousers!

This was my first Style Arc pattern. And despite the lack of instructions I think it work out pretty well!

I loved the style of this blazer – it’s a double breasted jacket with a really boxy shape and just straight out of the 80s! Because it’s so oversized, I actually sized down. The Style Arc website is really helpful as it comes with a comprehensive list of the finished measurements which meant I could choose a size with the amount of ease I wanted.

This is a nice light weight fabric for a summer jacket with a lot of drape which helped to prevent it from looking too retro! I used a gorgeous Rifle Paper Co cotton lawn for the lining which I got from The Village Haberdashery ages ago but had felt it was too pretty to cut in to!

Because of how soft the fabric was, I had to add an extra padding layer under the shoulders much like a shoulder pad. I used some thick low stretch jersey cut to fit which I then hand basted into place as I didn’t want to add too much bulk. It was just enough to add that little bit of structure!

Wear Lemonade Julietta is the first pattern I’ve used since joining their pdf pattern club!

They’re a simple high waisted, peg legged, pleat front trouser with slant pockets and a fly zip.

Fitting was a little odd with these. I used the size as per the guide included but they ended up HUGE. I ended up taking two inches out of each side seam! Though looking at the original sample photos for these trousers, maybe my expectations were wrong! I think they’re meant to be a bit of a loose/ saddle bag style!

Apart from that, they were surprisingly straightforward to sew up and I love how the look came together!

Check out the full post here!

[Ad: Fabric was given for free by Minerva Crafts]

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