A perfect combination for any mood, if Ellis is a gentle woman then Hattie is a blithe bachelorette. Both feature four delicate neck darts, Ellis, who gets some more feminine shaping from bust darts, is waisted, with set in sleeves and inseam side pockets. Hattie has a lined bodice, dropped waist and bold patch pockets.
All seam allowances are 1.5cm unless otherwise stated.
Skill level - intermediate.
This PDF pattern is made up of 3 A0 pages and 48 A4 pages.
Fabric suggestions - Suitable for linen or light wools, light to medium weight woven cottons such as drill or sanded canvas.
If you order a paper copy you will be sent a printed version of our pattern. If you select PDF, you are purchasing a digital file which will be stored on your account to be downloaded at any time. PDF's will include a tiled, an A0 copy shop file and your instructions. The tiled file can be used on any home printer and stuck together and is compatible with both A4 and US letter paper. Alternatively, you can send off the copy shop file to be printed full size; we can usually recommend someone in your area. If you are in the UK, we would recommend The Fold Line. The instructions can either be printed at home or simply follow along on your computer or phone.
Interfacing - 0.2M.
Lining (Hattie) - 0.6M - 1M.
Button - 1 x 15mm.
Mustard Check Hattie - Woodstock.
Blue Hattie in Diesel Organic Cotton Poplin. Larli is a UK size 20.
Fluro Ellis - Frankie Lemon.
Green Ellis in Garden Slate 185 linen. Claire is a UK size 26.
Rust red Hattie in Cinnamon Dust 185. Claire is a UK size 26.
Red Check - Hettie Linen Gingham.
Ecru Gingham - Sommen.
We have taken our popular Ellis pattern and reimagined it in sheer fabric with a full sleeve and placket and ‘let down’ tucks. We’ve also given the option for adding a lining to the bodice and skirt which you’ll need with a sheer cloth. Our organic cotton voile is perfect for this hack as well as our Indian dobby spots.
You can download the instructions here.
Our cotton jacquard is soft and cosy and perfect for comfortable clothing like our oversized Sidney sweatshirt or a winter dress. As well as clothing you can keep it very simple and use it for a throw for a bed, either just as it is, bagged out with a backing, or with a backing with wadding in between for maximum squish. It’s a wonderfully tactile and textural fabric that we are very happy to have in our collection.
The fabric is 120cm wide, and £24/m. The reverse is a gauzy cotton, there is no batting in the middle of this cloth, the inside is made up of a series of thicker yarns which gives it the quilted feel. The top is a fine cotton.
You can view all of the jacquard here.
Sarah is wearing the Ellis dress in Quink Jacquard which has been slightly lengthened.
Elwen is wearing the Sidney jumper in Rushes Jacquard with Sky Dip ribbing
The Crew neck Fielder top in Shadow Jacquard and our Ice and cream ribbing
We have use Shadow Jacquard to make a simple envelope cushion.
Elwen is wearing the Sidney Jumper in Dauphine Jacquard with Matte Pink ribbing.
Our Orton bag made in Quink Jacquard
Sarah is wearing the Sanda coat in Hardy Falls Jacquard
Sasha is wearing the Sanda jacket in Natural Jacquard
Our Hot water bottle cover in Shadow Jacquard (pattern coming soon)
Claire is wearing the Sidney jumper in Quink Jacquard
It’s always wonderful to make Christmas presents for friends and family, but how nice to set aside some time to make yourself a Christmas dress!
Katie and Elwen are our pattern development and sewing duo, they made themselves 2 Ellis dresses, a Trapeze, a Florence and a shortened September!
Outfit details as follows:
Sleeveless Trapeze Dress – Espresso Velvet (FYI Elwen wears a 12)
Checked Ellis Dress – Hettie Gingham (Katie wears an 8)
Shortened September coat – Shadow Brown Velvet (Katie wears an 8)
Green Ellis Dress – Anouk Heavy Tencel Twill (Elwen wears a 12)
Stripe Florence dress – Biscotti Linen (Elwen wears a 12)
The Ellis and Hattie is the newest pattern to be extended into our UK 18 – 28 size bracket. You can view the PDF here, the paper pattern will follow early next year.
A perfect combination for any mood, if Ellis is a gentle woman then Hattie is a blithe bachelorette.
Both feature four delicate neck darts, Ellis, who gets some more feminine shaping from bust darts, is waisted, with set in sleeves and inseam side pockets. Hattie has a lined bodice, dropped waist and bold patch pockets.
Ellis and Hattie can be made in a variety of fabrics, of course linen is perfect, but you could also use denim, needlecord, lightweight wool, Tencel/linen, cotton poplin, or our hemp/cotton collection. We’ve detailed below our top 6 picks for Ellis and Hattie, winter edition!
Claire wears the Ellis dress in Garden Slate 185 linen. Claire is a UK 26. Larli wears the Hattie dress in Diesel Organic Poplin. Larli is a UK 20.
From left to right | Woolsey Cinnamon Dust, Wicker Japanese Linen/Cotton, Suzanne Tencel/Linen, Mela Olive Japanese Cotton, English Charcoal Flannel, Organic Brushed Chocolate Gingham.
Pleating the skirt
Ellis & Hattie have a gathered skirt but there’s no reason you can’t pleat the skirt instead. You don’t need to alter the size or shape of the skirt piece. Below we’ve given two examples of how you can pleat the rectangle. Katie and Elwen’s dresses have smaller pleats whereas Michelle’s are wider. These are our examples of how to do the pleat, but you can create any types of pleats you like, there are many online pleat calculators if you google!
Katie in an old black Japanese wool/cotton (hopefully coming back this Winter!). Elwen in Grigio 160 linen and Portland on the bottom, Katie in Fudge Check linen | Michelle in 5.9oz Japanese Slub Denim.
Hattie dress with lip
The Hattie dress normally has a dropped waist, for this version Elwen made the bodice the same length as Ellis and created a fold that goes over the skirt seam. You could do this all in the same fabric or choose two different fabrics, like she has here.
Blue version – Navy linen with Wavy Navy skirt. Grey version – Grigio 160 with a Portland skirt.
Widening the neckline
Some people find the neckline of the Hattie and Ellis too high, one option to make it lower is to cut a different size at the neckline to the rest of the pattern.
Lengthening the sleeve, skirt, and creating a hem facing
You’ll notice that Katie has lengthened her sleeves in both dresses, she also lengthened her skirt. We’ve also included an instruction for creating a hem facing as this can be a lovely finish for some fabrics, and gives the skirt some weight.
From left to right | Ink Pool | Black | White | Day Dreamer | Bloomsbury Green | Fogland
As part of our sustainability switch, we have moved over our cotton double gauzes to an organic base. These double gauzes are made from 100% GOTS organic cotton and are Oeko-Tex certified.
Sewing with double gauze – a helping hand!
Double gauze consists of two layers of fine open woven cotton. They are attached together with tiny stab stitches at regular intervals, in a grid pattern. Because of the double layer there are a few things you can do when sewing to make your life a bit easier!
Pattern choices for double gauze
Double gauze lends itself to casual styles. It looks a bit undone, like something you’ve had for years and washed and washed. Don’t pick anything that needs precision like a collared shirt for example. If you want to dip your toe into sewing with double gauze we would suggest the Trapeze, Tee, 101’s or Dress Shirt. Slightly more challenging patterns would be Edie, Sunday, Florence, Camber. These aren’t particularly hard but because they have bias strips you’ll need to handle the gauze carefully.
Linen is one of the world’s oldest fabrics, celebrated for its strength, softness and subtle lustre. The perfect summer fabric, cool to the touch and absorbent, it will keep you fresh in the hottest of weather.
Linen is lint free, moth resistant and is stronger when wet. It is naturally dirt, stain and abrasion resistant. It is produced from the flax plant that require few or no pesticides to cultivate. This is why we love it.
The simple white linen dress teamed with natural leather sandals or a pair of converse is a clean, sophisticated, yet surprisingly dramatic statement. Keep styles relaxed and informal and let the fabric crumple. We have made the Trapeze, Fielder, Ellis and Camber. These are all very simple to make and easy to wear. These could be your holiday wardrobe is sorted.
Caring for linen: linen can be washed at high temperatures, although we recommend 30 degrees, avoid tumble drying regularly, line dry if possible. As linen has low elasticity (causing it to crease easily) do not fold away, repeated folding in the same place will cause the fibres to break eventually. Keep linen garments hanging up. Bleaching will damage the fibres as will certain strong antiperspirants. Press while damp.
From top left to bottom right:
Fielder Dress in Virgin White linen.
Camber Dress in Virgin White linen.
Trapeze Dress in Milk Heavy linen. We made an opening for the back at the neckline and made a simple tie with the linen to fasten.
Fielder Top in Virgin White linen and ribbing. These are not our Heroine jeans.
Ellis dress in Virgin White linen. We decided to line the bodice to make it more opaque.
Many thanks to Harriet Olins for being such a fun and willing model. Harriet wears a size 12 in these samples.