I have to admit that while I exclusively use indie patterns, I didn't try a Named pattern until recently. No reason, except that my sewing queue was near-infinite and my free time non-existent. But I couldn't resist the Beatrix dress and once I had made that I became OBSESSED. Like, I want ALL the Named patterns! The fit is out of this world. I've never received so many compliments on a dress, handmade or otherwise. (A post about Beatrix will definitely come once I've taken some photos, but it's my favourite me-made dress to date, so I have to do her justice.)
As mentioned, my free time is incredibly limited at the moment, so I had to pick something quick and easy for my next Named pattern. I chose Paola.
So, the big question, is Paola as good as Beatrix? YES! 100% yes. So easy to make, such good (COMFY!) fit, so perfect.
In fact, I liked Paola so much I made two. One is the straight up tee, the other a frankendress with Moneta. Both from the same lovely Milano jersey from Fabric Godmother, in my favourite colour for November, soulless grey.
The other day I was in a horrific, full-on SAD mood. So I paired the tee with some jeans, my Hunters, my lacy shawl and a big heavy coat for a November walk in the fields behind my house. And felt amazing after. Fresh air cures everything.
I think these guys had a proper giggle over me posing for the self-timer.
I picked some rose hips during my walk. Had I been at home in Sweden I would have made some jelly with them, or maybe some rose hip soup. But I have neither the equipment or the time, so I made a cake with completely unrelated ingredients and used the rose hips as props for the photo.
The recipe is from my favourite cake blog. Mine is nowhere near as pretty, but it tastes amazing. I can definitely recommend giving it a go. The butter frosting in particular is spectacular! I hate normal buttercream but this one I could have happily eaten with a spoon from the mixing bowl.
Hope everybody is having a good Sunday! I'm off on yet another walk. This time without the tripod. :)