P&M Patterns is a French independent company run by Karine Aivazian who started out designing for children but now designs for women too, selling both paper and pdf patterns. I follow them on Instagram and have been admiring Karine's designs for a little while in particular the Suun blouse and dress as I particularly love the yoke/neck detail.
It's a really versatile pattern as it comes as a top and a dress in two lengths, both sleeved and sleeveless and options for modest to plunging necklines.
I opted for the pdf option, but like a numpty ordered the French version - so contacted P&M to ask if I could have English instructions and received an email from Karine with the English files, excellent customer service and nice to deal directly with the person behind the company.
This was the next pattern I made after The Blouse which wasn't a great experience, so I wanted to get this one right. I thought this might be a good top for the Nani Iro Sea Hawaii cotton sateen fabric I've been saving for something special. Don't do what I did and order fabric like this from Japan, it took weeks to arrive, and I was stung for a massive customs charge, so it worked out a lot more expensive. If I'd ordered it from
Karen at The Drapers Daughter, none of that, would have happened, and I'd be supporting an independent business - sorry Karen I won't do it again.
Once again I chose some fabric from my stash to make what I hoped would be a wearable toile, I found some wine coloured peach skin fabric that I bought from Abakhan last year.
The pattern pieces for the top come in two halves, with the bottom half being the same piece for both which was a bit of a surprise in a pdf pattern but easy to put together, so it's just a little niggle. The instructions were clear with lots of diagrams I found them to be very detailed and easy to understand. The top came together in no time at all, and when I tried it on, it fitted - hooray! So I set about cutting into my beloved Nani Iro fabric and made version number 2, the only thing I did this time was use French seams as I felt this fabric deserved it.
Hmm, I'm not sure, I actually think that the peach skin version looks better and really wish that I'd saved the Nani Iro for a different project it feels like this version is bigger on me, so I'll probably give it a tweak.
I enjoyed making the tops so much that I decided I'd make a dress too, I've had a hankering for a maxi skirt so thought this would be perfect, and I could easily throw a jumper over it if I'm cold. The fabric is a viscose from The Textile Centre, so cheap as chips, the pattern has side splits which I chose to only make on one side. I really love this dress, there's no doubt I'll be making lots of variations in the summer, but in the meantime, I think this works with my ready to wear leather jacket and good old thick black tights.
I really recommend this pattern, it's great to have so many options, I love the details, and it's also lovely to support an independent company.