Miss Bella Chalmers with a hint of Anima

The first Papercut pattern I ever made was the Miss Chalmers skirt from the Home Sewn book.  Then I saw the new Anima pants and I made some harem style pants.  The final twist was seeing amazing versions of the Bellatrix blazer across the internet.  I envisioned a fabulous floral suit all coming together nicely using the fabric I bought at the start of the year at Centrepoint Fabrics in Auckland.   It is a cotton stateen with birds, large white flowers on a black background.  A quick google search brought up MANY options for floral print suits and I was convinced I could make it happen.

I made this production style… sewing as many seams as I could before ironing, overlocking and then sewing the next round of seams.


The Miss Chalmers skirt is a simple skirt the only change I made was to add 6cm to the length to make it more wearable for myself.

I did a quick muslin of the Bellatrix Jacket and went with the largest size.  Making the muslin also helped me make a few mistakes early – like sewing the front bottom panels on the wrong way round and remember to cut all notches for ease of construction in the real thing.


The jacket is lined with silk/cotton from the Fabric Store and feels devine.  The button is a green one from my collection.

I did not try to pattern match on this fabric, instread I attempted to cut the panels so there were birds or decent flowers on each one.

I love this as a statement piece that can be worn with the skirt or with a little black dress, my green jeans or many other pieces in my wardrobe.


Finally the Anima pants… in this crazy birds and flowers!  It is quite full on even for me who loves prints.  But I think I can make it work, even if it gives you a headache if I wear it all at once.


This was the second time I had made the Anima pants so I knew my fit was right.  However I wanted to make the ankle cuffs in cotton sateen not knit so added some metal short zips that I bought several years ago that were just waiting for this project to come along.

I didn’t do the rows of stitching on the waistband as I wanted to keep a clean look across the front.

27 thoughts on “Miss Bella Chalmers with a hint of Anima

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  2. Oh my lord, this entire outfit is AMAZING!!! Did you have to change the sizing of the Anima pants because they’re woven? I was lamenting the lack of fabric options (I wear my black merino ones more than I probably should)


    • Thanks. I did make them bigger, mostly because i have a bigger bottom than the pattern sizes – but i have only ever made them in woven. I have a post on how i made them fit coming soon.


      • I made XL in the butt, I think, in a stretchy merino. But I always find it really difficult figuring out how much is the fabric actually stretching ie how much bigger do I need to make a woven version


      • I’ve made some in knit but I am thinking I will have to go up a couple of sizes for non-stretch. Do you think you’ll go down when you try knit? I also found the waistband elastic way too tight!


        • I have a knit waistband on them and i cut the elastic to the largest size – i also checked the fit of the elastic aruond my waist before i sewed it in. I had to grade these up due to my measurements being greater than the XL on Papercut. I overlayed a pattern for woven pants that i knew fit to get the waist and hip measurements correct for me. I could probably reduce a little for a knit so they don’t look too saggy baggy.


  3. Oh my, flowers, birdies all over! I love. What a great outfit. You’ve made stuff up a storm! How did you get all that made in a week? We’ll see you coming now 😉


    • Is this where I tell you that it only took Thursday night to cut it out and a few hours on friday and a good chunk of Saturday to sew it. It was more stressful doing the blog post than doing the sewing.


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