Lizzie Lenard has just become a fan of the new Calluna Herringbone (“it gives a very smart look to a garment”). Her aim was to make best use of a metre to make an adult’s garment, and she had just the tiniest amount of the Harebell material left over.
“It has been a great pleasure sewing with it. It was because I knew the cotton would hang well in gathers that I made a point of testing it with pleats. Top marks, it holds a beautiful crease.”
Read all about the process in detail on her vintage sewing website and see more chat about the top, and vintage sewing more generally, on the fascinating We Sew Retro blog.
The Calluna Herringbone is what I would describe as a shirting weight. Imagine abeautiful, quality men’s shirt, from the sort of gentlemen’s outfitters that sells brightly coloured socks and cashmere sweaters- that is the weight of Calluna. It is light to medium weight, perfect for shirts and dresses. It is soft and the weave produces a two tone effect with a light colour on one side and a darker version on the other so perfect for contrast details like the button plackets, collar stands, cuffs and pockets on this dress.