If there's any doubt it's time for warmer temperatures, I'm here to offer you an ensemble that screams SPRING!
The top is the Colette Laurel version 4 (the blouse). This pattern, like all Colette patterns, is dreamy to sew. Their instructions are clear, and this top came together very easily. Because I only had a yard of this Liberty fabric, I opted for the blouse. There was enough leftover to make a headband or little top for Eliza, but the leftovers weren't obnoxious. The coolest thing was using a 10"x10" piece for continuous binding.
The neck and arm bindings are hand-sewn into place. The seams are all French.
I completed three muslins, and the fit could still use some work. The arm holes are still tight. Surely I'm not the only one having this problem. And I may need to widen the shoulders. I've got another blouse pattern that fits correctly that I'll check it against before I make the dress Laurel. The French seams may have contributed to the snugness in this final version -- my SA for French seams always ends up being more than 5/8".
For the Clover, I used a stretch twill. Most likely I've over-fitted these, but after I finish Sandra Betzina's pants fitting course on Craftsy, I fully intend to start over fitting my pants from scratch.
The Clover pattern, once you get them fitted, is so super easy to make. It's a great beginner pant pattern.
Just a note: this is my second pair of Clovers from this fabric. My first pair was an abysmal failure. I couldn't even zip them up. Well, I could, but it was scary. I had enough fabric left over to make a whole other pair. It was a cropped pair, but still. If you're making the smaller sizes, you'll have lots left if you buy the recommended amount of fabric.
Pattern: Colette Laurel
Fabric: Liberty of London
Modifications: Narrowed upper center back, widened armscye, lengthened torso, graded shoulder slant to size 0, lowered and lengthened bust dart.
Thoughts: Arms are still too tight, and my circulation is being cut off as I type this. Shoulders may be too narrow. Looks nice though. Fabric feels delicious.
Pattern: Colette Clover
Fabric: Cotton twill from fabric.com
Modifications: Narrowed hips, lengthened torso, narrowed waist.
Thoughts: Even with all the fitting woes, they still look better than any store-bought pants I could buy. This pattern is easy to whip up, so I'll be making it again and again.