Sometimes colour and prints are put together in such a beautiful and inspiring way that even an avid monochrome lover will find them utterly irresistible.
Bonnie & Buttermilk
Bonnie & Buttermilk is a German brand, based in Berlin. Owned by two women, Eike and Katrin who share a passion for bold and colourful vintage inspired prints. They set up shop 5 years ago selling clothing made from their fabric designs. Only recently have they started selling their fabric by the meter/yard. I am honoured to be part of the Bonnie & Buttermilk Blog Tour, which also includes a GIVEAWAY, so read on…
It was love at first sight when I first saw the vibrant, happy, fabric collection from Bonnie & Buttermilk and choosing which fabric I wanted took longer than I care to admit. In the end, I went for the easy option and asked Darcy and Scout to choose.
Fabric that makes you go “Ooooo!”
The fabric arrived so beautifully presented that I was reluctant to unfold it, let alone wash it. My chosen fabric also came with contrasting ribbing which is a treat not to be sniffed at. It looked even better in real life and everyone who saw it (with the exception of my husband, who is not in touch with his feminine side) immediately went “Oooooo!”.
What to make
Darcy and Scout had both asked for some more Play Pants, they love the style and fit and wear them not only under dresses, or as underwear or overwear, but also for ‘home gymnastics’. Which is just like regular gymnastics but using apparatus around the home. Stairs, walls, sofas, beds, you name it. No item of furniture in our house is safe from handstands, bridges, round-offs and cartwheels. We don’t have a sign on our gate saying ‘Beware of the Dog’, our sign says ‘Beware of the Cartwheel’.
Darcy wanted a crop top to go with her Play Pants, I didn’t have a pattern so I adapted Madeit Patterns Balloon Fold Dress.
Simple to do:
- I went down a size as underwear needs to cling to the body more than the Balloon Fold Dress.
- I cut the front bodice as one piece rather than two (ie leaving out the diagonal).
- I straightened the sides (the Balloon Fold Dress has an A-line silhouette towards the top).
- I shortened to Darcy’s desired crop top length but left enough at the bottom to allow for covering the elastic.
- I used the same method for the elastic which is used for the Play Pants. The elastic is attached directly onto the fabric rather than threading it through a casing, which looks a great deal more professional.
The fit turned out perfect and it’s got me thinking about using the same pattern for a two-piece swimsuit.
Scout also wanted a crop top, but I thought a t-shirt would be more appropriate. The Nore Dress by Compagnie M (shortened to a tee) sprung to mind.
I left off the cuffs and simply hemmed the sleeve in the normal way. This is the t-shirt of my dreams (if I were a child again).
Who would have thought pink and yellow could look so damn good together.
Will I ever sew grey again?
Bonnie & Buttermilk are generously giving away 1m of fabric (of your choice) to 5 lucky winners picked at random from our Bonnie & Buttermilk Blog Tour giveaway.
Just click below and follow the instruction to be in with the chance of winning.
To follow the Bonnie & Buttermilk Blog Tour, click on over to each blog on the dates indicated below. You are in for a big, bold and colourful treat.
Tuesday 23 January
Wednesday 24 January
Thursday 25 January
Friday 26 January