I was so excited when Atelier Brunette released their classic Moonstone Fabric in an Ochre colourway! I couldn’t wait to get my hands on some! I made an Orchid dress last year in their Shine Night viscose and it is my favourite dress I have ever made, so I couldn’t wait to work with some more of their delicious viscose fabric.

It is cool and fluid to wear but not too slippery or shifty to cut and sew. I chose to make the Sew Liberated Hinterland Dress and managed to get the longer length comfortably out of 2m. I could probably have also got short sleeves out of it as well if I wanted sleeves!

I really liked the way this pattern is constructed – the neck and armholes are bias bound but you do those steps first (after darts and attaching the front to the back) – I really liked that those fiddly binding jobs were out of the way right at the beginning! I chose to make the straight size 12 as that is the size my bust fell into, my hips are in the size 16 range but there was enough ease in the pattern for me not to bother with any grading!

I like this length, it is a bit longer than I usually go for but I like it and if I find for any reason I am not enjoying the length –  I can always shorten it! I really like that Sew Liberated patterns seem to be designed for layering. I love that I can wear it as a sleeveless dress when it’s hot, I can wear a long sleeved t-shirt under it in autumn and when it gets cold I can layer it under knitwear and it will look more like a skirt.

Of course it has hidden inseam pockets, and a button placket which kept the sewing interesting but not too stressful as there really isn’t any fitting to do as it’s designed to be loose. I absolutely adore this fabric and can already tell I am going to wear this all the time.

I also want to add – it presses like a dream! Yes, viscose does wrinkle but it didn’t matter how creased it got during the sewing process, the iron made them all disappear like they were never there!

I don’t think this will be my only Hinterland as it is such a versatile pattern, I plan on making a chambray one with sleeves and I have dreams of making a tartan one by omitting the button placket! Speaking of button plackets, how sweet are these little pink buttons I chose to go on my dress?! I knew I wanted to pick out one of the colours in the print instead of blending in with the Ochre and I think these sweet buttons are a nice addition without being too distracting. Navy or cream would also look lovely!

I am looking forward to this dress transitioning through into autumn as I can picture all the knitwear this is going to look great with. I can see me wearing this all year round! I think that Atelier Brunette Viscose might be my favourite fabric to sew and wear, I hope they come out with some more prints soon!

Anyway, until next time – happy sewing!