I really liked many of the Bruyeres I saw on the internet, especially Tilly's and Sally's fabulous bicycle version. I didn't know if it was the right shape for me, but I thought I would have a go and I'm afraid pretty much copied Tilly's! The fabric is Robert Kaufman dot chambray (yes, more Robert Kaufman chambray, and I've already bought this fabric in maroon dot for a shirtwaister!).
I got the fabric from M is for Make and can I just say the service was fabulous, as I made a mistake with the amount I bought and they sorted it out so quickly.
The pattern is a Deer and Doe and comes from France. I found the instructions generally good though I got a bit stuck at the sleeve placket and had to use the photos from the sew-a-long (the text was French!) to help.
Anyway, I have to say I love it. I think the fit is probably the best I've ever found. It's really fitted without being tight. I usually take an inch our of the bodice length because I have a high waist, but I noticed that it looked quite high on other people, so decided to leave it as it was and I think it's just right. If you don't have a high waist you may want to lengthen it.
I used French seams everywhere except the arm-sythes (must learn how to French seam the sleeves as well).
The only bit I struggled with was the cuffs, this was tricky and my actual cuff has ended up not quite square.
I'll be making more of these! Perhaps a Liberty print.
I've also been crocheting and finished the first section of my blanket (a bit of doggy photobombing!)
I think haircuts are long overdue! One Saturday a month I go to Unique Image in Ulverston for my Saturday sewing workshop and this Saturday it was also the Dickensian festival, a sort of surreal day when people dress in Victorian costume (and obviously as a cracker!), so we had a fantastic view from our window, checking out the costumes whilst sewing (A coat - more to come later). I've so many projects on at the moment; crochet blanket, crochet scarf, in the middle of a coat, a skater dress to hem, 3 jumpers to block and make up, Francoise dress and shirt waister dress cut out and ready to sew! How on earth did I let this happen! What are you making at the moment?