Over the last month I’ve made my first foray into the world of pattern testing. When pattern companies are designing a new pattern, they need to ensure the pattern pieces and instructions make up how they planned them to, and are user friendly for the sewing community. Often, indie pattern companies especially will put out a ‘call for pattern testers’ to do just that – in return for the drafted pattern, you make it using your stash and send over the pics and your feedback.
This was something I’ve always been interested in but a bit intimidated by – surely you have to be Super Experienced and Very Good at Sewing, right? Not the case! Designers need to ensure their instructions make sense to all levels of sewists and after a little encouragement from Sharlene at So Sew Dressmaking I decided to go for it when Homer and Howell’s called for pattern testers for their new Innes pattern.
The H&H founders have a wealth of experience in ready to wear fashion including Christopher Kane and Topshop, and have now moved into slow fashion in their business based in Scotland. They love a boxy fit which isn’t usually my style so it was nice to try something new!
The Innes top/dress has a couple of features I really loved: a princess neckline, wider straps to cover your bra, and a lovely deep side split. It also has darts and if like me you’ve struggled with the fit on hyped patterns such as the Ogden, you’ll really like the fit of this.
I made the top version and really appreciated the thought that has clearly gone into the pattern instructions; you can really get a sense of Nic and Susan’s combined fashion experience and the finish is lovely.
As we know I love a pattern with variations and it’s nice that within this pattern there’s not just variations on the style but finish; you can choose between hand sewn or machine sewn straps and bias or facing.
I used an Atelier Brunette viscose for this make and honestly? Kind of wish I hadn’t. The pattern recommends a variety of fabrics including linen, which I would choose for my next one. The viscose was just a little too lightweight and I think a bit of the magic of the pattern is lost on it. However, I still love the shape!
Instead here’s some fabrics I would recommend for making your Innes:
This linen from Dragonfly fabrics is currently fulfilling all my lilac summer fantasies. This would be lovely as a maxi Innes dress and look great over a white t-shirt. Dragonfly are offering free delivery to Modista subscribers this month – if you’d like the code, just let me know!
This MeetMilk check tencel is available at Sew Me Sunshine and again would be lovely in the dress view maybe to knee length. Can you tell I’m having a purple moment?
This Liberty cotton lawn from Guthrie and Ghani would make a lovely Innes top – cotton lawn would be a lovely weight for a summer garment.
Overall I’d really recommend the pattern; its beautifully written and designed, and is a versatile basic that will give you floaty sundresses, classy linen shifts, casual cotton tops or a slinky satin evening top. Definitely head over and check it out!