Back in October, Jennie Bagrowski (jenwrenne) of the excellent Wren*Feathers blog, produced a wonderful collection of patterns for Maru and Friends. Patterns for Maru are rare as hen’s teeth so I invested in the lot immediately!
I decided to make a simple version of the Versatility Pants, along with a tailored shirt with puffed sleeves and a curved hem, which I thought would look lovely in Tana lawn.
In my wardrobe I had a skirt which I had to accept I would never again be slim enough to wear… The material was a luscious creamy light-gold brocade which would suit Maru perfectly, so I unpicked the skirt and used part of it to make some elegant trousers.
I have a tendency to sew slightly wider seams than patterns allow, so I cut a tiny bit more ease into the trousers just to make sure they would fit. However this really wasn’t necessary and if I were making them again I would follow the pattern size exactly. There’s not a lot to add, really, as the trousers made up easily and as I’d chosen the simplest variant, without pockets, they took no time at all.
With its collar, revers, puff sleeves and curved hem, plus a fair amount of top-stitching, the shirt was much more complex. I made this up in the same Liberty Tana lawn as I’d used for the Hearts 4 Hearts dress during the Summer Sew-Along.
Jennie’s patterns are accurate and come with very clear instructions. With over 18 months’ experience of sewing for dolls behind me, I was happy to find I had very few problems making up this sweet little shirt. The curved hemline was probably the most challenging part, but with care it came together as it should. I have to admit that I did intend originally to make proper buttonholes, but fearful of spoiling the lovely material, I ended up fastening the shirt with poppers.
The two slight problems I did encounter were caused entirely by me not being absolutely exact with my seam allowances. Because of this, I had to ease the side seams of blouse and sleeves slightly to get them to fit together; and when Maru tried on the blouse we found that one of the cuffs was too tight to fit around her arm. Next time I make this style I will cut the cuff ¼” longer to allow for my over-generous seaming!
Maru is delighted with her new outfit. The shirt is soft and comfortable to wear, and the trousers look great tucked into the tops of her suede ankle-boots.
I very much enjoyed making these garments for Maru, and am really looking forward to trying some of the other patterns in the Wren*Feathers Maru Collection.