Sewing: From Cuff Sleeve Top to Dust Coat Loungewear

Discovering talented and creative sewists who love our brand is one of our favourite things to do - meet one of our latest finds, Ambrosia Kramer. She is a maker, collector of hobbies, mother of two and thrives outdoors. 

Recently Ambrosia hacked the Nerida Hansen Fabrics Cuff Sleeve Top sewing pattern into a stylish dust coat that takes you from the couch to the restaurant.

Read on to learn how she did it, using one of Lisa Congdon's designs.


Ambrosia's Words:

Last night I finished what I’m calling a modernish housecoat and an oversized slip dress for sexy lounging. A combination I feel Blanche Devereaux would fully approve of. I lounged around all day in both pieces, which were created with lounging in mind, but I also left the house in them because wear what you want, when you want to wear it. Right? 

*I was gifted this gorgeous artist fabric in cotton sateen and the Cuff Sleeve Top sewing pattern by @neridahansenfabrics in exchange for posting about it.*


They fully supported getting creative with the pattern and I was torn between hacking this cuff-sleeved boxy top into a jumpsuit, gathered skirt dress, or a collar-free button up. The button-up won because it added the most versatility to my closet, but I WILL be back for some gorgeous jumpsuit action in a different artist fabric from @lisacongdon (a local artist❤️).

I tend to not toille so when it comes time to cut into nice fabric I start doubting all of my calculations and ideas, especially when hacking. 10/10 times I think I will ruin the fabric and make the wrong modifications, 9/10 times things turn out just fine.

Shirt Details: I sewed a size 14, max pattern size B110cm (only metric listed). 
Modifications: I raised collar 2”, lengthened pattern 21.5”, tapered out about 1” to make room for my hips, and added a button placket. I will add an image in stories for visual people. These were all super simple hacks.

WOW! What a stunning and enticing hack. To shop Lisa Congdon's range visit and follow Ambrosia's make here, @ambrosiakramer.