It's All About The Sleeve! Merchant & Mills Edie

The past year or so has been all about the sleeve - voluminous statement sleeves that take an otherwise simple top or dress and turn it into something special.  And what we love is that it is a look that works for so many in a variety of fabrics. 

One of our favourite 'big sleeve' patterns is the Edie pattern from Merchant & Mills .  It can be made as a dress or a top, and it now comes in two size ranges: UK 6-18 and 18 - 28

Both Arna and Georgie have used this pattern to create beautiful wardrobe staples - if you visit us in store, you may very well see what I mean.  Arna made a top which she pairs with jeans or a skirt, while Georgie created a gorgeous linen fabric dress version.   

Top length:  We've had feedback from some of our customers, and Arna agrees, that the length of the top is a little short.  It hits right at the natural waist - so if you would like to make it a little longer, make sure you order extra fabric.  

We braved the cold on a beautiful winter's morning a few weeks back to snap some images of Georgie in her most well worn 'work uniform' to date.   In summer she throws it on with a pair of sneakers, while in winter Georgie has been wrapping up with boots, warm under layers and a cardigan or shawl if needed. 

Georgie made a size 10 in our Maison Washed Linen Fabric - Chestnut.  (we were expecting have a full restock of this wonderful fabric ready for spring, however Covid-19 restrictions have delayed our shipment.  Hopefully by the end of September 2021 we'll be good to go)

Edie dress sewing pattern
All her seams were French Seamed - her preferred method as not only is it a beautiful seam finish, but French Seams are also very durable and perfect when you only have a straight stitch machine at your disposal (such as an industrial or vintage machine)
edie dress merchant and mills
The only adjustment to the pattern was the cuff - the pattern calls for making and threading a tie through the cuff to create the ballon sleeve - however Georgie choose to create an elastic cuff using 25mm elastic.

 

 The neckline is bias bound that continues on to make a cute back tie closure.  

More details and sizing can be found if you link through to the Edie Dress & Top sewing pattern

 

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