Recently on the school run I walked past the window of New Look on the high street and spotted in the window an identical top to the one I was wearing. I had on my trusty True Bias Ogden top and straight away I sent a photo to my husband excited to see one of my makes up for sale. It then got me thinking what else is on the high street which I could make?
I set myself a challenge this year to not buy any new clothes and only to make them. I have the motto: ‘If you can make it, don’t buy it’. I’m not an avid follower of fashion, Ive never been a person to buy an item because it’s all the craze. If anything I make my clothes to be an individual. However seeing my items sitting there on the rails of the shops on the high street boosted my faith in making my own clothes even further.
So I thought to do a little digging around and match some new Spring 18 arrivals in the high street stores and match them with sewing patterns.
So I’ll start with the pattern that got me thinking – True Bias ‘Ogden Cami’. It’s not just New Look which have this style top, many more high street stores have it too in their Spring 18 collections. My favourite is from ASOS because of the bright postcard print. I’m keeping my eyes out for fabric like this to make a copy.
Tilly and the Buttons ‘Mila’ is a full trouser dungaree pattern. I feel like it’s the grown up sister of the Cleo which I love. I remember having a pair of Dungarees when I was 9 years old with neon buttons!! I loved them. This high street version in distressed denim from H&M are beautiful. I’m not 100% sure that I would want to start cutting into a freshly made memade. Maybe I might pluck up the courage by the autumn season to have a go.
Sewing swimwear is daunting but actually surprising easy. I enjoyed making my Henrietta Swimsuit recently. Another swimsuit pattern from Measure Twice, Cut twice is the ‘Agnes swimsuit’ which is flattering to all shapes. This high street version is from Yours.
I found several versions of the Tilly and the Buttons ‘Arielle’ skirt. These two from ASOS set my heart on fire. First I love the denim mini skirt version. A denim skirt is a great all round piece for any spring/summer wardrobe. Secondly I love the double breasted version. I guess it would be simple to copy this just adding some mock buttons alongside the fastenings.
Lipsey have this ribbed dress new in which is perfect for the British springtime which is so changeable. As soon as I saw it I remembered the new pattern from a true Bias – Niko top and dress. The true Bias version has a mock turtle neck and a longer length skirt piece but it would be great hacked shorter, just to the knee.
I have this jumpsuit on my #2018makenine list and seeing a shorts version from Lipsey has made me revisit it. The jumpsuit is from the Great British Sewing Bee book – Fashion with Fabric. The trouser shape on the pattern has put me off a little. I feel that it needs to be slightly longer or even an elasticated cuff. However I might change the plan and hack them into a shorts play suit version.