If you have been following me on Instagram you may have seen a while ago I announced that I have joined the Adam Ross Blogger Network! This is a real honour as Sewstainability is quite a new blog so it felt amazing to be welcomed into this fab community of bloggers and sent some gorgeous fabric to review! If you aren’t familiar with Adam Ross Fabrics they are a UK based fabric company with a really diverse selection and some real bargain prices, well worth a look if you need/want/can’t help but buy fabric!
Anyway, so this is my first post as part of the Adam Ross Blogger Network, what this means is I was sent some fabric of my choosing, in exchange for this blog post. Nevertheless, all of the opinions in this post are honest and my own. Right then, are we all clear? Then let’s get on to the dressmaking!
I requested 2m of the Eco Friendly Cupro Fabric as it is marketed as eco-friendly and I am trying to be a sustainable sewist as much as possible. The reason why cupro is so often marketed as an eco option is because it is made from cotton linter – typically a waste part of the cotton plant. Before cupro, this part of the cotton plant was traditionally discarded. It is made by pulping the cotton linter down into something similar to wood pulp and then spinning it into a fibre which can be woven. Kate over at Time To Sew has written a great round-up on Cellulosic fibres including cupro if you want to learn more. As well as it being made from a waste product, cupro is produced in a ‘closed loop’ which means the chemicals used can be extracted after and the water reused, it also retains dye very well, meaning its dye process is much more streamlined in terms of waste, another reason why it is considered an eco option.
I will admit from the fabric description online I wasn’t sure what to expect as I have read about cupro being a great alternative to silk so I was half expecting a soft, sandwashed sort of silky feeling despite the fact that the listing describes a ‘tough, hardwearing fabric’. I must hand it to Adam Ross, their description was spot on – this fabric is quite textured, great for jackets, skirts and trousers. It is incredibly drapey, and even though it is a medium weight fabric I decided to cut it a single layer as it is quite slinky and was moving around on my cutting mat – definitely reminiscent of silk in that respect!
I chose to order the ‘Tame Teal’ colourway but was admittedly a bit spoilt for choice as it comes in seven colours and they have a sort of mottled, almost marled depth to them which you can’t really see in these pictures well, head to the website for a closer look.
I chose to make the Patti Pocket Skirt from Amy Nicole Studios as I had seen it crop up all over my Instagram feed and felt it perfectly filled a hole in my wardrobe. I desperately need some basic skirts in solid colours to balance out all the crazy patterned tops in my wardrobe but I don’t want boring skirts – and this one has some really interesting style lines as well as humongous POCKETS!
I am often guilty of buying patterns when I can’t figure out how they go together and this is definitely one of those patterns! The huge pockets, the pleating in the front and back, the hidden zip – I just couldn’t quite figure how it all went together until I started assembling. It was quite slow going for me at first but now I have made one I will definitely be making more!
The pattern is written quite differently to any pattern I’ve ever used before, it is written in a sort of assembly-line way – you sew a bunch of different seams and then take the whole lot for pressing and then come back again. I often work like this myself if it is a pattern I’ve used a few times or relatively simple construction, but it seemed a bit alien to work in this way when I wasn’t really sure what parts of the skirt I was sewing for what reason. I am confident next time I make this pattern I will know exactly what I’m doing though.
I only had one problem in the construction of the skirt – when I went to attach my pleated skirt to my waistband I realised the skirt part was way too big. The waistband fitted my measurements so I knew I needed to unpick the basting stitches on the pleats and take the pleats in to make the skirt smaller. This fabric frayed quite a bit and I had used small snips for my notches so the only thing I can think of is that I didn’t successfully identify where my notches were for the pleating. Nevertheless, it didn’t take too much tweaking before my skirt matched the waistband and lesson learned – use some sort of fabric marker instead of snips when working with cupro.
Due to the fabric’s drapeyness I was worried it wouldn’t hold a crease but it presses well and holds the pleats nicely. Word of warning though – it needs more of a medium temperature and lots of steam on the iron, I generally iron everything on mega hot but when I did it on a test piece of this fabric it left a mark so don’t iron it too hot!
Altogether I am really pleased with my new skirt and I will definitely be using this pattern again, I also think I may need this cupro in another colour – maybe Blue Cloud? or Oak?
I hope this has still seemed like normal service over here despite it being a sponsored post. Was there anything else you wanted to know? How did I do?!