Thursday, 27 March 2014

Making a Mortmain

Early last year I had the opportunity to pattern test for the Gather Kit gals and got my mits on their first dress pattern, the Mortmain.

The Mortmain pattern has now gone live and is popping up in instagram feeds and blog posts all over the land so I though I would share my dress with you.

Mortmain Dress Pattern Test

Despite looking like a beautiful spring day these photos were actually taken on a bright but blisteringly cold February day! The bare trees are a dead giveaway.

Mortmain Dress Pattern Test

I really love the fit of this dress, so flattering but still very comfortable, a must for me!


Mortmain Dress Pattern Test

Because it was a pattern test you are never really sure whether you will have a wearable garment at the end, which is partially what influences my fabric choice. It is a vintage cotton sheet, but I did have a vision of a fun ice cream pastel coloured retro style dress and I was lucky that I got a wearable dress after the testing!

Mortmain Dress Pattern Test

Because I was testing I did not deviate from the specified pattern, the only tweek I made was to add in seam pockets, I can't stand a dress without pockets! Next time I will line the bodice rather than using facings, as I much prefer this finish and find it more comfortable.

Mortmain Dress Pattern Test


Mortmain Dress Pattern Test


I just love the exposed zip in this pattern, its so me! If you are looking for a good selection of coloured zips then Jaycotts is a good source.

Mortmain Dress Pattern Test


Mortmain Dress Pattern Test

Here is a glimpse of me and my mini assistant at the end of the shoot, rushing back indoors to warm up! I am looking forward to stitching up my next Mortmain, this time with a few alternations, a gathered skirt and long sleeves I think in a lovely chambray I have had stashed away. If you want to make a mortmain you can get the pattern here or from many online fabric stores too. And if you are local you can see my dress in person in Social Fabric in Totnes, Devon where it is on display in the window, along with a nice supply of the pattern itself for sale.

16 comments:

Charlotte said...

looks fab on you! I wish I had thought of adding pockets to mine :-/

Joanne said...

It is so perfect and I LOVE the yellow zip and the fabric!!
Must remember the pocket tip, when I make mine!!

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

You look so gorgeous Emily! Love the vintage stripes and that zip is really cool!

pennydog said...

Ooh I love it! What a great shape, I always prefer dresses with a definite waist.

Jo Robertson (thejoyofthehousetomyself) said...

Looks great Emily!

Canadian Abroad said...

What a fabulous fit! I am impressed.

Hannlib said...

This is lovely and looks like it fits you perfectly!

Katy Cameron said...

It looks fab, and somehow I just new it was a vintage sheet from the first pic, must be some repressed childhood memory or something!

Catherine said...

What an amazing make Emily. I bought a Dress pattern recently, now I just need some time!

Catherine said...

What an amazing make Emily. I bought a Dress pattern recently, now I just need some time!

Cindy said...

A gorgeous make, Emily. You're the nicest dress chook-feeder I've ever seen :)

moira said...

beautiful and so summery

Nicky said...

Think you would get approval from Patrick on your even lines, seams, darts etc ! We had those sheets too!

CATHY DANIEL said...

Gorgeous dress - looks so elegant! xCathy

gingermakes said...

This is adorable! I love it on you!

Archie the wonder dog said...

It's stunning, as are you!