Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Mercury collection pattern

Hi hi, I'm here today to introduce my newest sewing pattern for the Mercury collection. I officially set it live last week, but today I have been able to put the paper versions up in the shop. That's right, I have paper copies!!! So exciting, but first here's the pattern...



As you can see there are two top variations and two bottoms. Choose between a plain or turn-up cuff on the sleeve and plain or split back for the top as well as a wide palazzo leg or baggy pleated cuff leg for the trousers. There are no fastenings on the top and the trousers have an elasticated back waist for an easy pull on style.

The wide leg trousers can be down to the floor of you like them long or just at the ankle if like me you like to show off your shoes. This checked pair was made from a synthetic crepe with a lovely drape. Very important for this style I feel.


The leg with the pleated cuff is a baggy more casual style and more tapered in shape than the wide leg, but still loose at the ankle. I chose to make a sample in this gorgeous checked double gauze fabric (sold out from miss matabi), which in no way shows off the pleats so quickly made another sample in a thin cotton chambray.




 The top is easy fitting and comfortable to wear with a bit of flare coming out at the waist for a flattering shape. I have made it up in a green silk crepe de chine (view A) and a cotton/linen union fabric (view B). It's a nice contrast between the two fabrics and really shows how this style can be dressed up or down. If I was still working in an office then the below outfit would be a go to for sure.


View D can be made up without the hem pleats if you like them baggy. These are not  detailed in the instructions, but it's just a case of ignoring the pleats and finishing off. The trouser hems of view D are finished with a facing and facing pieces are provided for both pleated and un-pleated versions. The below pair are made from a textured synthetic crepe and are bit of a wardrobe staple.


I think the wide palazzo pants are my favourite part of the pattern as they are pretty smart made up in a nice fabric and worn with a silky crop top or camisole. I shall be offering a link to some additional pattern pieces in the next week or so with darts on the trouser back and a side zip insertion. I love the elasticated pull on style, but it may not work for those with a smaller than average waist in relation to their hips. It's not really possible to grade down on the waist and be able to pull your trousers on, so I shall be offering a way around that scenario. Keep your eyes peeled!


Did I mention paper? Oh yes here are the paper patterns. It was never my intention to stock hard copied of my patterns actually, but after the release of the Roberts pattern people were requesting it a lot and I couldn't ignore so I've gone into very small scale production. I'm just going to briefly touch upon it now because I think it's important to show that it is possible no matter what the size of your business is. I had no idea how to go about it for the numbers I was thinking so I found a company who print technical plans to print the patterns on A0 paper and I print the envelopes myself with a mix of screen printing and stamping. I even have to fold the patterns myself so it is a bit labour intensive and not for everyone, but if you want to offer more for your customers then it is definitely possible. I love being in complete control of everything and I found a product that works for me, but there are many other ways to do it. Anyway, if you are also a pattern designer wondering if you can print micro runs then the answer is yes, go for it!!!


I hope you like the new pattern and any questions give me a shout! :-)

25 comments:

Jo H. said...

Hello lovely Marilla! These are great (of course)! I love the back split on the top, and while I have been writing off baggy trousers for me, the cuffed version looks rather good so maybe I'll be swung round yet! If only I had time to sew (and blog, and sewcialise, sigh...) Plus well done on your print patterns - it's very exciting to see your work developing, in directions and ways that suit you so well!

Marilla Walker said...

Oh my god you need moooore time, especially for sewcialising!!! By the way you look great in baggy trousers. What about those roxbux (?) you made last year? Anyway, thanks for the lovely comment and I hope you get some dream sewing time soon xxx

Melissa said...

Congrats on your new release and that you found a way to produce paper patterns for your customers. I think there will always be demands for both.

Well, you know I love the top already and now to try the pants. BTW, I haven't measured yet but I suspect I would need to add length. What height would your patterns be modeled on? Thanks, Marilla!

Crab and Bee said...

Congratulations! I especially like those pleated pants cuffs.

Ali said...

It's a fabulous pattern as usual! I'm definitely going to make the pleated cuff trousers and the top without a split. I will be sharing the beautiful patterns and I'm sure you will be very busy folding and packaging up your patterns!

sewalign said...

Marilla, well done on the release of your new pattern - its fabulous! I ordered my paper pattern today (many thanks) and will look forward to making the garments. I will make the Roberts Dungarees first though.

Carol said...

Ordered! Have been looking for trousers just like these and delighted they're available as paper copy.

wonderin grandmother said...

Marilla, this is such a lovely pattern and works wonderfully on you. All the pieces look so classy on you and so, I hope they will look just as good on everyone else.

Marilla Walker said...

Melissa - check on the finished measurements. The height is on the actual measurements and is about 5' 7 and the length from hip to floor is provided for trouser length. I imagine you may need to lengthen. I'm about 5'5 and I shortened by a couple of inches! Can't wait to see what you make ;-) xxx

Marilla Walker said...

Thanks Morgan x

Marilla Walker said...

Thanks Ali - so excited to see made up versions popping up! :-) xxx

Marilla Walker said...

Thanks sew align for your lovely comment and your support. Too many patterns, too little sewing time :-P

Marilla Walker said...

Yay, thanks carol - I'm so happy that everyone is enjoying the paper product. Can't wait to see what you make! X

Marilla Walker said...

Thanks mum, I'll send it to you later xxx

kalimak said...

Congratulations on the new pattern! I really like the culotte version of the trousers/pants -- and the top is lovely, too!

And, as always, I'm happy to see a new post up on your blog. I see a trend of people switching over from blogging to Instagram, but for me the two are quite different. I like to read back through blogs or follow through "similar posts" if that feature is on. It's a reading experience that can't be replicated in another medium easily. And I often get back to my personal list of favorite posts from you (the entirely handmade jeans are on top of that list, if you're curious :-)).

Hooray again for the new pattern! :-)

Marilla Walker said...

Thanks kalimak - I have a few more blog posts planned in the near future. I seem to go in fits and starts, so when a pattern is taking over (my life) I slow down on the blogging and then once I get a breather I seem to write again. It's mainly that my personal projects come to a halt and I like to blog about things that aren't all 'Marilla walker' items all the time. Nice to know you like to read it. The handnade jeans were epic. I keep thinking I should make another garment in that way because it was a lot of fun to do. Hmmm

Kathryn said...

What a lovely pattern Marilla! I love that this and the Roberts Collection have more than one piece that work so well together. These wide-leg trousers are so nice, and I love the top too! Your paper pattern looks so cool!

bbarna said...

where can a find the sizing information?

Marilla Walker said...

Thanks Kathryn xxx

Marilla Walker said...

Hi bbarna - if you click through to the shop listing there is size info. It's all by actual measurements rather than country specific size tables.

kristina said...

Hello, I absolutely love the cuffed trousers! But I was wondering if it would be possible to purchase the pattern in an A0 (copy shop size) pdf, as my husband has a plan printer at work. If not, I'll go with the paper pattern, but I like having the option to reprint if I need to recut it for any reason.

Marilla Walker said...

Hi Kristina, if you purchase the PDF version then message me on Etsy with your invoice number and I'll send you the A0 files that I use for the printed version.

Roberta said...

Hello, I'm choosing the size of the pants. For me, the 6 of Actual Body Measurements would be perfect, but I see in Finished Measurements size 6 so different from Actual Body measures and can not decide. Perhaps the measure of waist in finished pants is considered without elastic band? And why the sides are s wide? Excuse my English, I'm Italian, maybe that's why I do not quite understand instructions. Thanks for the help, I like very much the pants and I would do it soon!
Best wishes
Roberta

Marilla Walker said...

Hi roberta, yes the size is considered without the elastic. Choose the size best for your hips so that they will pull up over them ok. It sounds like you are certain your measurements are closest to the actual body measurements of size 6 so definitely go with that! Any more questions just contact me through etsy for a direct reply. Xxx

Roberta said...

Thank you veri much for your kindly answer!