Friday, 13 June 2014

Friday I'm In Love

Hey Peeps!

Living by the sea has clearly rubbed off on me and todays fabric selection has a decidedly nautical theme....
Land Ahoy / The Deep Deep Depths
Ocean Map / Lobster Pot Blue 
.....aren't they gorgeous? I stumbled across the first fabric whilst looking for map print fabric on eBay and it really caught my eye, it's such a pretty colour and I love the little pops of red. This next fabric is another Spoonflower gem. I was looking for octopus fabric (the octopi joke is something my bestie and I have been messing about with for years.....octopi really do learn faster than she does), I'm not sure what I'm going to make with it yet but I know it's going to be the "I Am Not An Octopus" dress when it's finished! The Ocean Map fabric initially attracted me because of the colour, from a distance it looks almost solid but as you get closer you can really see the details. The final fabric is just awesome.......I need it.

Friday, 6 June 2014

Friday I'm In Love

Hey Peeps!

This Friday's fabric round up consists of these four gorgeous designs....
Globe / Glow In The Dark Stars
Liberty Lodden Lawn / Floral Cotton Lawn

.......I first saw this Globe print fabric on Roisin and fell in love, I'm not 100% sure what I'm going to do with it myself but I love it. I bought myself some glow in the dark PJ's last year and have been looking for some starry glow in the dark fabric for a dress for ages. I really like this one, I'm thinking a KB V neck dress with glow in the dark bias binding. I saw this Liberty lawn when I was at Liberty's last Christmas (I went to stare at the pretties whilst pressie shopping) I immediately knew I wanted to make a jumpsuit using the KB trouser pattern and the By Hand London Anna V neck bodice but at £22 a metre I walked away. The £13.50 price tag is still expensive but so much more affordable. Lastly this pretty tropical print lawn would make a gorgeous summer dress, I'm really loving these Hawaiian style fabrics at the moment.

I've been sorting through my wardrobes recently trying to reduce the amount of stuff I own (there is a lot of stuff), one of the things I seem to have loads of but never wear are my slogan tee's. Some of them I bought myself and some were gifts but all of them are brilliant. I know I won't ever wear them again and I don't want to get rid of any of them so I thought I would turn them into a quilt top. Here are just some of my collection....
.......I've never made a quilt top before but I think this will be fun, I'm planning on picking Mum's brains when she is back here this July (Mum is an awesome quilter). I recently saw some amazing faux fur fabric in John Lewis which was 150cm wide so I was thinking I could get a 150cm square and use that as the back. Technically it won't be a proper quilt but you get the idea. I've got another "fancy front/geeky back" quilt planned too but that's a secret. What do you do with loved items of clothes that you know you just won't wear anymore?

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

A Real Anna

Hey Peeps!

It's no secret that I love the By Hand London Anna dress, I've made six now. I've been wanting to make a maxi version for ages but after trying out the Anna skirt and not loving it on me I was a bit unsure how I'd like the maxi version. I've recently discovered Swedish Tracing paper (many thank to Tilly and the Buttons) so I used this to trace the pattern again but I graded it out from the size 8 to the size 16 at the hips. Once I'd cut it out I then pinned the pattern pieces together to see how the skirt looked and I loved it.

I'd been hunting for some blue and yellow rose print fabric for ages and for some reason Google threw this.....
......up as a choice! There is a teeny bit of blue and yellow (I'm still looking for blue and yellow rose print if you know of any?) but not what I had in mind. Still I was rather taken with it so I ordered the last four meters from Shan's Fabrics knowing that it would make the perfect maxi Anna. Here she is....
.....and I love her! I'm calling this my Apocalypse Nowish dress (I was watching season four of Angel while I was making this, Lorne is my favourite). This is almost totally a By Hand London Anna the only KB addition I made was adding a waistband , I just like how it looks (plus no worries about all the seams matching up!). I went with the one thigh high spilt at the level suggested on the pattern which I think is a little high but if you've got it flaunt it! (Considering how much I hate my legs I do make a lot of dresses that show them off, not sure what that says about me?)
I used some more new to me techniques to finish off this dress including machine finishing the sleeves without the stitching showing on the outside which I got from the Coletterie and attaching the lining to the zip by machine which I got from Sewaholic. I was going to attempt to hem this with a blind stitch but chickened out and did it by hand in the end! All the skirt pieces were finished with a french seams except for the back and the thigh high split, for those I used this lovely yellow bias binding that I got for Tatty's PJ's. I like that there's a little flash of yellow every now and then when I walk. Considering how unsure I was about this skirt type I'm totally in love with it now and I can imagine lots more in my future. Mmmmmmm a whole wardrobe of Anna's!

I did try to talk some proper outfit pictures as I wore this dress at the first available opportunity.....this months book club meeting but I discovered that my camera and phone are no longer friends! For some reason I couldn't get the connection established which lets me use my phone as a remote which is how I've been taking pictures up until now. I didn't have time to faff about with timers so I decided to take these pictures instead.

I'd also like to announce that Wendy from The Vintage Pattern Files is the winner of the Pattern Pyramid. Congratulations! Drop me a message with your address and I'll get the patterns sent off to you.