Love how an idea can evolve…

I started off with a plan to make another Trapeze top out of this black 5oz dress weight denim from Merchant and mills. Then I thought it might look nice with contrast sleeves. Which means reversing the fabric to show the lovely grey side. So I laid out the fabric and then wondered if I had enough fabric to make a dress with contrast sleeves instead? I didn’t quite have enough, but then I remembered I had some left over from previous makes (I’ve used this fabric quite a lot) and joy of joy I had enough for the sleeves and facing, Yay! I then thought about making it grey with the sleeves in black, so this is what I set out to do.

Once I’d put the dress part together I then thought I’d have a look and see what it might look like with grey sleeves. And I really liked it, i tried it with the black too but in the end decided to go with an all grey dress. And I’m so pleased I did as I think it looks quite smart. The grey side of this fabric is just gorgeous and I think I prefer it to the black. I don’t know if its meant to be reversible but thats the beauty of making your own clothes, you can do whatever you like…



I’m loving the short sleeves.


I think it looks pretty good with my necklace too. I have pretty much worn this necklace non-stop since making it :0)



Not sure if it makes me look pregnant from the side in the pics (I can assure you I’m not), but I don’t think it does in real life.


I will most probably wear it with jeans for the most part as my legs are not my best feature and they are very pale and pasty. I also think that worn with high heels it would look good for a party or wedding, with the right accessories.

I’m extremely happy with this dress and am also quite amazed at my thought process and how I got from making a black top to making a grey dress.

  1. Lisa

    I love the trapeze dresses you have made and was inspired to make my own. I’ve made 2 so far but i’m not sure I like them so much on me. I find the neckline very high.

  2. The neck line is quite high, but have to say thats one of the things I like about it. Thank you for your comment. Xx

  3. Jenny

    Hello! Found your blog after a google search for the Merchant and Mills Strand Coat. Love your style, and your joy in sewing. Looking forward to reading more of your blog (back through the archives) when I’m not up too late and due to go to work in the morning… sigh.
    Best wishes!
    Jenny (Australia)

  4. Thank you so much for your lovely comment, I love to hear from anyone taking the time to read my blog, thank you. And I do love sewing so much. Be warned if you do go back through the archives there are a lot of repeat patterns/makes, but I usually do something a bit different, so no two garments are ever exactly the same. Sarah Xx

  5. Jenny Jenny

    Sarah, I think you are a natural born sewer! You started sewing without a pattern, and made adjustments and your own designs. You attempted bags straight away! Your cushion covers were excellent. And you got right on to the concept of the tried and true pattern that you make with variations. Awesome! I am just up to reading about your first Mathilde. Way to go! Wow. Am loving reading about your sewing journey. If that’s not too stalker-y!

  6. Oh my gosh! You are making me blush, thank you so much. I’m so happy that you are enjoying my sewing story. And its not stalker-y at all. Xx