It doesn’t happen to me often, but as soon as Papercut Patterns released their element collection, I knew it was something that would jump the queue and be sewn right away.
My blog for lamazi was already in going to be linen, sewn as elevated loungewear/dressed up comfies. I had already made my choice, and then at 12 midnight I messaged Liana to pitch my new vision involving the Mirri! Luckily she could see it working too and kindly agreed to change my original idea.
As you know, I need to make my clothes work for me in terms comfort while sitting in a wheelchair, and possibly bed rest. For me, a big part of improving my mood, is to be dressed in something I feel good in. I heavily associate loungewear and sportswear with being in hospital or rehabilitation and therefore I seek clothing that incorporate style and comfort.
Obviously, through sewing my own clothes, this search has become so much easier. I don’t necessarily have to sacrifice good style in the name of finding the ideal fabric. Having the ability to choose and modify a pattern and match it with an ideal fabric is is so liberating.
I chose the Mind the Maker Nisa Softened Linen in the colour Sienna. I have worked with linen before and I must admit to usually preferring blends with viscose or cotton to make it softer and less prone to being so stiff and crispy.
When I first unwrapped the fabric, I was really surprised at how how soft this was. Then, when I saw the bounce and movement, I actually double checked the website as I was sure this had to be a blend! It is in fact 100% linen, but has been mechanically softened. This means that no chemicals were used to soften it, and there is less water wastage that comes with stone washed softening. I am genuinely surprised as how much of a difference this has made to the feel and handle.
The new Papercut Mirri jumpsuit was a real stand out for me in this SS21 collection and I was sure that this would suit this linen. Tamlyn has written a really informative blog for Lamazi about all of the different types of patterns that can match the various linen types, and she recommended this as a good option for this linen too. Honestly, I have surprised myself, as I have never thought of myself as a jumpsuit person. I think I am scarred from ill fitting ready to wear versions!
The Mirri has a really interesting cut, which echoes elements of the Meridian dress in their previous collection; The Meridian would be a great pattern for this fabric too. The bodice shaping is created through the ties around the waist, instead of darts, gathers or pleats. I routinely make an SBA, but with this style, I didn’t need it. That isn’t to say there’s not plenty of room in there! The pattern provides detailed finished measurement figures, including how much wrapping ease there is for the bust.
I cut a size 3, blended into a 4 at the waist/hips which feels like a really good fit. When I remake (yes, when!) I will just do a small narrow shoulder adjustment. This is an ordinary adjustment for me, so I wouldn’t say the pattern is excessively wide here.
This was a project that went together really well. The fabric is right for the pattern, and everything was a pleasure to sew. I like the construction techniques and think it produces a nice finish. I usually try to find something to comment on in my blogs/reviews to make them balanced, but it really was such a joy to sew and wear.
It is marked as an intermediate which I think is pitched correctly. Papercut pattern instructions are sufficient, but I wouldn’t say they offer as much detail as other indie brands do; especially if you were going to give this a try as a beginner.
I love wearing this jumpsuit. I feel elegant and ready for a day out, (or in a different fabric, dare I say it, a night out) but also have the comfort to lie down. The pure linen is breathable and soft. For me, these are all the hallmarks of a successful make!
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