I’m so excited to be able to share my newest make, my White Linen Holly! My mom says it’s modern Jane Austen! Isn’t that fabulous. Especially since I do adore everything about the regency era. Plus this is my 100th post!!!!
I can’t rave enough about By Hand London’s Holly Jumpsuit. Just the packaging alone is lovely. I wish all patterns were designed and packaged this well! The pattern is so versatile too, I can see myself making quite a few versions of both the jumpsuit and the pants themselves, as well as combining either of the bodices with a skirt. Now that I’ve spent my time perfecting the fit I can’t wait to make another. I do love a wide leg pant, and the shape on these is perfect with a fitted waist that gently flares out past the hips.
I’ve been planning out this make for a while and knew I wanted my first version to be simple and elegant in all white. You can see my earlier sketch here with my sewing plans. I originally ordered this hemp and linen mix from Organic Cottons Plus for another pair of pants as the description said it was a taupe color, but happily for me this was an almost pure white. At first I thought I received the wrong fabric- but if I did I’m not complaining! I had 3 yards which was just enough since the fabric is almost 59″wide.
I’m glad I made a muslin as I used quite a few alterations. The Holly Sewalong has some fabulous instructions on how to alter common fit issues.
Here are my alterations:
- Size 10US/14UK
- Lengthened bodice 1″front and back
- Lowered bust darts one inch
- Narrowed the shoulders with 1/2″ wedge on each side of upper back
- Shortened crotch a total of 2″ (which compensated for the lengthened bodice)
- From the hip I graded out an inch in width on the outer leg seam
- Took off 4″ on the leg hem
I love the fit especially in this fabric. The material is just opaque enough to give some coverage but still feels light as air. Perfect for spring here in Florida. I love the curve of the neckline-so flattering. And the shape of the set in sleeves and folded angled cuff is so pretty.
I’ve already ordered my fabric, a lovely Hemp Silk for a second version. Plus a sampler of dyes from Botanical Colors that includes Saxon blue. I’m planning on a more modern silhouette. I’ll be altering the neckline to a V and using a shorter culotte length pant as well a front zip closure. Can’t wait to get started!