This is the Mercury top by Marilla Walker:
I knocked out a couple of Renfrew tees last weekend, but that felt like production-line sewing, so familiar am I with that pattern.
This was something new and shiny and I welcomed its novelty while relishing its dependability: Marilla Walker's patterns feel like good friends from the start.
I bought the pattern for the trousers, so you can expect to see them appear here sooner rather than later.
The top was a bonus... but it might actually turn out to be the main attraction. I can see me making lots more of these in different variations, just as I did with the Maya pattern.
It is the strong and silent type.
That simple shape? It is perfectly balanced: just the right amount of high / low hem differential, with no danger of indecent exposure over my jeans. The neckline is neither annoyingly throttling nor embarrassingly wide or deep - which sounds like a simple requirement but one which is so rarely delivered - the Maya top is a notable exception. This has the advantage of having full length sleeves. It is still freezing here: we had snow yesterday. I definitely get more wear out of my long-sleeved tops.
It was really straightforward to sew: the neck facing fitted perfectly; the sleeves went in first time without any puckering; and best of all the bottom hem has an interfaced facing too. The Girl was using this finish on her coat toile - clearly it is a "fashion design thing"! I had never come across this detail before, but it really works to weight the bottom edge of the garment and give it substance and swingy drape. Who knew?!
Pattern: Mercury top by Marilla Walker in size 2
Fabric: 2 metres of Atelier Brunette cotton lawn in the Hirondelles print, from Guthrie and Ghani.
Other: thread and lightweight woven interfacing.
I rarely buy 2 metres of fabric to make a top, because I feel like 1 metre should be enough. But I will definitely be topping up the stash with more 2 metre lengths to sew this again.
I am wearing it here with jeans, but I am expecting it to become a workwear staple with wide-legged trousers and a drapey cardigan.
I had better get on and make those Mercury trousers...!