I'm back! I had a really fantastic holiday in Canada. We spent most of our time in the Okanagan Valley with my sister, brother-in-law and nephew. It's a really great vacation destination. I highly recommend it - particularly for families wanting an active holiday! The Okanagan Valley is a region in British Columbia (on the west coast of Canada) that has really hot summers. The temperatures were in the high 20s and low 30s while we were there. Wonderful - I miss hot summers! With these high temperatures, it's a prime fruit-growing and wine-making region. There are SO many wineries and we were really impressed by the ones we visited (our favourite was Mission Hill). There are also lots of (warm!) lakes in the region, and we had lots of fun swimming, boating, kayaking and paddle boarding.
Top image: A public beach near Vernon, BC. Spent a very lazy (late) afternoon here swimming and playing in the sand with my 19-month-old nephew. Bottom image: Paddleboarding with my sister. I love paddleboarding! It's so peaceful - especially early in the morning when the lake is calm!
While it was wonderful taking some time off, it's nice to be back too! Things have been quite busy since I returned! I've been working on two new initiatives, which I'm hoping to announce in the next week or so (stay tuned!). Named's new Autumn/Winter collection came out earlier this week. If you haven't seen their amazing new patterns, you can have a look here. I'd love to have all their looks in my closet - right now!
Some of my favourite patterns from Named's new collection
I've also added a new pattern company: Liesl + Co.! Their patterns are designed by Liesl Gibson and they are headquartered in Brooklyn, New York. Liesl has a degree in fashion design from FIT and formerly worked as a designer for several global brands, including Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger. I really love the relaxed, modern style of her patterns. They're also very well-drafted with excellent instructions.
Here are the patterns:
You can see all of the patterns here.
I've featured one of their patterns - the Maritime knit top - in this week's 'Outfit of the Week'.
Our 'Outfit of the Week' is Liesl + Co.'s Maritime knit top with Burda's 6769 denim skirt! This is a classic top pattern that is easy-to-sew and well-reviewed. The Burda pattern is another great pattern: perfect for making a denim skirt, with all the usual features you'd find on such a skirt (yoke, pockets, topstitching, centre front and back seams, etc.) plus an interesting design feature - side seams that diagonally slope towards the front.
We've got a number of jersey knits and denims that would work well with these two patterns (which I've illustrated in the line images above). To see the recommended fabrics and the patterns - and to find out more about this week's outfit - click here.
You'll see that a variety of knit tops are worn in the inspiration images. It was hard to choose just one for this week's outfit! Another kind of top that looks particularly great with a denim skirt is a shirt...