Autumn or the Djeran season is well and true here. I’d always prefer summer and warm weather, but since I started knitting, I’ve learned to appreciate cooler days a lot more. We have such mild winter here, my warm knitwear with my heavy coats are way too toasty. But just wearing my knitwear is not enough for the windy days so I thought I’d make a light jacket for layering. The Lichen Duster by Sew Liberated is just perfect.
The fabric I used is the vintage wash linen in maple from the Fabric Store, which sounds like the perfect colour for this garment. This fabric is very, very soft, it feels like linen that has been washed many times. I’ve ordered enough fabric for this but I had trouble laying out and cutting the pieces for some reason so cutting took absolute ages!
My measurements landed on various sizes but I’m not keen to grade this pattern. Given the ease and the style, I thought I’d be fine with a size 0 based on my bust measurement so I cut a straight size 0, I didn’t make any adjustments and it fits perfectly fine. I did add belt loops and hanging loop.
This pattern is a pleasure to sew. As usual, it’s packed with interesting details and beautiful finishes inside. I dutifully did my flat fell seams and French seams, I even made my own bias binding with some Liberty cotton lawn I had in my stash and bind the facing seams beautifully. I used the same cotton lawn to pimp my labels. Both the ‘Imperfect’ and ‘Hand-fucking-made’ labels are by the queen, Kylie and the Machine.
I love the shawl collar and asymmetric hem of the Lichen duster. It’s such a classy piece that can be worn as a duster, wrap dress, and unlimited layering possibilities. It’s an impeccably drafted pattern that is so versatile, the Lichen duster will get a lot of wear all year round.
In these photos, I wore it with my Forget Me Not April Dress, which I envisaged to pair perfectly with the Lichen when I made it! I see myself wearing it with jeans, dresses, and jumpsuits, it truly goes with everything. I’m so happy with this creation. It took a while to make, but it’s worth the effort and certainly will be a firm favourite for a long time.