The Ella Hepburn Combo

When the challenges were announced for June, I told myself that I would only be entering the first week’s dress challenge as I didn’t own any other Indie patterns.  Well…after completing the first challenge, I just couldn’t resist entering the separates challenge too!!  I didn’t have the time to order paper pattern so I took the plunge with ordering a couple of pdf patterns for the first time.

I’ve never been great at matching separates, especially skirts, so I wanted to stay away from making another skirt that would just sit in my wardrobe.  I quite fancied a pair of shorts in the hope that I would be able to wear them more.

I then talked myself out of taking part as the only fabrics I had in my stash were 3 yard lengths, which I had bought for dresses.  I didn’t really want to be cutting into them for smaller items and they didn’t match at all so I couldn’t really make a top with one of the fabrics and shorts with another…they just wouldn’t have looked like an outfit at all!  After spilling my dilemma to Camilla, she suggested that I made both items out of the SAME fabric (bought at $1.60 a yard from Joanns!) to have a jumpsuit effect!

So the search for patterns was back on and I headed over to Indiesew to browse their selection.  I ended up choosing the Ella Top by Liola Patterns and the Hepburn Shorts by The Pattern Emporium.

Liola Ella Top & Hepburn Short

Liola Ella Top & Hepburn Short

Hepburn shorts
The shorts have 4 options; I chose the elasticated play length option.  These are pleated at the front with a flat waistband piece.  The rest of the waistband is elasticated, which gathers the rest of the shorts.  I decided to be slightly daring and opted for a contrast waistband.  The construction was relatively simple – seams sewn, waistband attached & elastic inserted.  I changed the 4cm hem to a 1″hem so I had a tiny extra bit of length.


Ella Top
I really enjoyed making this as the construction was completely different to anything I had done before.  One shoulder is French seamed, then the neck and arm hole binding was completed before the other shoulder and side seams were stitched together!  Crazy!  I did actually find the the bindings were easier to apply this way but it did make one of my shoulder seams quite bulky.    The lined yoke is a lovely feature and makes this feel like slightly more advances; I used the fabric I had used for the waistband on the shorts for the yoke & bindings on the top.  I did get slightly distracted when sewing the neck binding of so I missed some of it when topstitching it back – oops!  Nothing a second row of topstitch couldn’t fix though!



This outfit was completed, from purchase to completion, in an afternoon/evening.  I love the final look and it is lovely to wear.  I like that I have the option to tuck to the top in or leave it out, and I love the fact that it has a slight 60s vibe to it too!  Both will be made again…maybe even in matching fabric. 😀

Liola Ella Top & Hepburn Short

I’m enjoying taking better outfit posts for my blog.  It gives me a chance to actually wear the items out properly before blogging about them.  This 2 piece was very comfy! We had a walk around a little park in a town called Fairhope and tired Maisy out before we headed to the beach for the afternoon. 🙂

Liola Ella Top & Hepburn Short

Liola Ella Top & Hepburn Short


14 thoughts on “The Ella Hepburn Combo

  1. Definitely a contender for Jump into June – I assumed it was a jumpsuit at first glance! The fabric has a real Seventies feel to it at, what did you say, $1.60 (£1.03) a yard?

  2. Very cute! It sure does look like a playsuit, although I’m betting more comfortable! I love the versatility of having the two separates too. Well done 🙂

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