The Brightside Shrug

This kinda feels like cheat-blogging as I actually made this shrug in Octobe... Oh well, better late than never!

Ignore the creases in the dress - this was taken after wearing it all day at said wedding.

Ignore the creases in the dress - this was taken after wearing it all day at said wedding.

I've already written about my Kim dress which I wore for my friend's wedding in October. Well to go with said said dress I made a shrug - the Brightside Shrug to be more precise! 

The pattern is by the very talented Wendy Ward of MIY workshop. It is wonderfully easy to make - simple and easy to follow instructions, making it perfect for those new to sewing, but as an added bonus it's a super speedy make too. I made this up in a couple of hours - that includes, tracing the pattern, cutting out and sewing up. How amazing is that!

Posing... 

Posing... 

I chose to get the paper pattern version as I'm old school like that but it is also available as a pdf. As a paper pattern it comes in the signature MIY collection packaging.

I'm going to be honest and say that this was a bit of an impulse purchase - I desperately needed something to make quickly to cover up those pale arms at the wedding (no one wants to see that)! I wasn't really sure if I was going to wear it after the wedding. I'm more of a cardigan gal.  However, I was pleasantly surprised and I actually wear this quite a lot. It goes with just about all the dresses in my wardrobe! So much so, I really better shape up and make myself another! (No excuses either as it won't take long!)

The fabric is from Ditto in Brighton - beautiful!

The fabric is from Ditto in Brighton - beautiful!

Cuffs on the Brightside shrug. 

Cuffs on the Brightside shrug. 

I love how versatile the pattern is - it can be dressed up or down and there are opportunities for adding contrasting fabrics on the neckline and cuffs too, making this a pattern well worth the money! 

The back view - my that dress is creased!

The back view - my that dress is creased!

I have shared this image already but this is how I styled the shrug on the night. Sadly the bathroom selfie was one of the only pics I took - great night though!

I have shared this image already but this is how I styled the shrug on the night. Sadly the bathroom selfie was one of the only pics I took - great night though!

I made this up the night before the wedding and I chose this stunning navy ponte from DItto fabrics. Absolutely beautiful  fabric and it pairs so well with this pattern. Ponte is probably up there with my favourite fabrics - it's relatively easy to sew and so comfortable to wear. It also looks great. 

Not sure what's happening here but thought I'd through this little beauty in at the end!

Not sure what's happening here but thought I'd through this little beauty in at the end!