Hi Everyone, I’m Laura aka @cottonreelstudio and I am here today to share with you my first make as part of the Lamazi fabrics blogger team.
If you follow along my blog you will have seen a couple of weeks ago that I have been planning a capsule wardrobe for workwear. Which given the current public health crisis may seem a little futile especially as I am now working from home for the foreseeable. However, a lot of the pieces I chose can be easily worn casually too.
For my first make with Lamazi I decided to make the Cielo top by Closet Case patterns. This pattern is very versatile and has a number of options to choose from including blouses, dresses, long sleeves, short sleeves etc. So in my opinion it is worth the investment. Plus Closet Case Patterns have just increased their size range on this design to be more size inclusive which is even better.
There is such a wide variety of fabrics that could be used for this pattern. I’ve seen some beautiful versions in rayons / viscose / linen / cotton lawn. It also looks great in solid colours and prints.
When I was researching which fabric to use for this pattern I wanted something structured so I chose this beautiful Meet Milk Tencel Spot Jacquard fabric.
The colour is called “Sky” and is a lovely grey colour. This composition of the fabric is 98% Tencel and 2% Elastane,which means the fabric has some “give” not too dissimilar to a stretch cotton sateen type fabric. It also has a similar hand to a stretch cotton too and would make some lovely shorts / trousers and structured dresses.
I chose to make view A, a simple short sleeved top. The only adjustment I made was to add 1.5 inches to the length of the top so that it came to my high hip. The fabric is very soft and stable and good to work with. I also like how the subtle texture of the fabric allows the details to shine through.
I’m very happy with how this top has turned out. The pattern was simple to make and the instructions were easy to follow. I particularly liked that there are instructions and pattern pieces for a bias bound neckline or a facing. I choose a facing for the neckline as I find I get a nicer finish that way. .
I’ve styled it casually here but I can’t wait to get back to the office and wear it with some high waisted trouser or pencil skirt. It looks great when paired with navy and black.
Some other suggestions for patterns to use with this fabric;
Thank you team Lamazi for having me!