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London Calling

If a city break is your thing than this box might just be right up your street!

Having created a Parisian themed box with French Fancies exactly two years ago (total fluke) I decided to turn to our own capital this time. I wonder where we’ll visit next year…

The theme was settled after getting in touch with the gorgeous Alex and Caroline of Selkie Patterns about including their debut pattern, the London, in the Luxury boxes. Selkie launched last year after a very successful Kickstarter campaign, not only with a beautiful pattern but also with their own range of fabrics. Make sure to check out their page for more information and inspiration about their ethos of sustainability and style!

The London is a fabulous three-in-one pattern that includes a dress, blouse and skirt with some really interesting and unique features. I can’t wait to see these made up, especially if paired with the beautiful, buttery soft, geometric print cotton lawn in the Luxury Boxes.

When thinking about fabrics to match with the theme, I opted against anything too novelty. But instead thought about why most of us, who don’t live or work in the city, might visit. Perhaps a days shopping, a trip to the theatre or even a special occasion afternoon tea. So depending what pattern you choose to match the fabrics, I think they will work perfectly for all those situations.

As well as the London dress, this cotton lawn would make a gorgeous shirt or wrap dress. If you’re brave enough (or at least, braver than me) then an on-trend jumpsuit would be incredible!!

In the Classic and Mini boxes you will find the most incredible bright pink georgette fabric with a delicate white and pink floral pattern. Never sewn with such a slippery fabric? I’ve got you covered with a feature in this months magazine with some great tips and tricks.

As with the cotton lawn this georgette will look great worn to afternoon tea as a lined tea dress or for a shopping trip as a blouse tucked into high-waisted jeans. Personally, I’ve got designs on a hip-length kimono to wear over a simple white cami and jeans.

As a sewist a trip to London just isn’t complete without a visit to Liberty so I knew I had to include a little Liberty in the boxes. The Classic and Luxury boxes each have a set of Liberty fabric covered buttons from House of Alistair – so many different gorgeous fabrics. I’m now daydreaming about that third floor…

Ok, I added a touch of novelty with the fat quarters. This gorgeous selection from Visage features some of Londons best known landmarks as well as the famous royal guards. As well as a concealed zip and matching Gutermann thread each box also has a tea bag from Fortnum and Mason – another must stop during a trip to the city!