Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Butterick B6413

It's not often that I see a dress pattern and know instantly that I need to make it. 
But with this dress, I bought the pattern immediately. 
It is the Gertie pattern- Butterick B6413, based off the Fuchsia pink dress worn by Marilyn Monroe in the 1953 film 'Niagara'.

I made the dress up in a pale blue crepe, thinking that would make it a more daytime piece, and so more wearable.
 Turns out this dress is incredibly inappropriate for daytime attire, regardless of the fabric you choose.  
Could be the low cut neckline, or the bust peephole, but that didn't stop me wearing it out for brunch. 

I made one adjustment to this pattern, and that was to make the front tie detail a functional tie and not a faux detail.
 I am really happy that I took the time to do this adjustment, as it has come together really well!

Also, pastel pink and pastel blue seems to be a very pretty combination that I must remember for future sewing plans! 

My vintage dead stock jewellery set matched the outfit perfectly, so I finally managed to wear it.
 I had put it away because it was much larger than I had thought it would be, when I ordered it online. It is also incredibly delicate and I was afraid to damage it. 

Outfit Details
Dress- Me Made, Butterick B6413
Jewellery- Vintage Dead stock, Bow and Crossbones
Shoes- Old, Agnes and Norman

I shamelessly chose this location after finding that this little cafe was an Instagram hotspot. Not my usual requirement for the backdrop for my pictures, but it was so pretty, I had to pay a visit.  

Just look at that picturesque setting. Adorable!!

And I now officially want a vintage bicycle with a basket full of flowers. 
Which is ridiculous as I have no bicycle riding attire or the ability to ride a bicycle on the roads in London without being run over by a bus. 



Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Spoonflower Rue Dress

Polka dots are definitely one of my favourite prints!
So when I was approached by Spoonflower who print custom fabrics, I went straight for the polka dots. 

Polka dots prints are usually repeat prints with a symmetry to them, but what I liked most about this print is the random placement, it gives it that more designer feel and seems like a fun and happy print. It is also extremely difficult to find prints with a soft cream base, opposed to a harsh white. 

I wanted a pretty summer dress that would be elegant but also fun and playful. 

To showcase this stunning cream and red polka dot print, I decided to sew up the Rue dress from Colette patterns. 
This dress is a classic shape with some interesting details which need a crisp but not too stiff fabric to maintain the shape. 
The Kona® Cotton Ultra fabric that I chose was the perfect choice for this pattern, it's heavier weigh held the skirt and bust pleats in shape perfectly and was very easy to sew. 

The piping in this pattern was incredibly exciting! I don't often get the chance to use it, so it was a nice addition to this project. The red piping really does make the polka dots pop!

Although the skirt of the dress is pleated, it isn't super full, so I feel that I can wear it that little bit more casually. 
Of course my idea of casual is somewhat skewed, as this dress to me is a casual look. We should wear the clothes we love everyday, and not just for special occasions!

I added my Cupid brooch from The Pink Bungaloo to jazz up the simple bodice, this can be a difficult brooch to wear as it is on the larger side and won't sit nicely on a collar, but it is quite at home on this dress. 

Outfit Details
Dress- Me Made, Collette Rue dress. And sewn with Spoonflower cotton fabric
Brooch- Pink Bungaloo
Shoes- Rocket Originals, Ida shoes in Red suede

This has been such a fun project, it was so liberating to choose the exact fabric that I wanted, from such a huge range of choices.

And I have ended up with a pretty summer dress which I need to take on picnics, to the seaside and the circus! 



Please note, I received this fabric without charge for my collaboration with Spoonflower, my opinions are of course my own. 

Sunday, 16 April 2017


Happy Easter dear readers, and what better day to reveal my #EasterSpringDress2017

  When I saw that Gertie was hosting a sew along for her summer dress pattern-Butterick B6453, I dropped all other sewing projects and had to start sewing this dress.

It also quite happily fitted in with the #EasterSpringDress2017 sew along that Akram from Akram's ideas blog and Judith from Judith Dee's World hosted.
So it ended up being extra fun!

It is a super simple and fun make, which allows a pretty print to be centre stage.

And the little straps have metal sliders which make the straps adjustable and give a professional, polished finish.

I wore this particular outfit to Greenway Estate in Devon, which was of course the summer home of the British author Agatha Christie- but then you already knew that, I'm sure.

It ended up being an incredibly warm and sunny day, perfect for wondering around the gardens in a pretty floral dress.

You can just see the house in the background. 

And never one to go on an outing without a craft of some sort, I spent a little while sat outside doing a little knitting in a deck chair, absorbing some sunshine.
How very British!

X O X O 


Friday, 24 March 2017

Little Pixie hat

As much as I am willing the warm weather to arrive, it's just not here yet.
I often jump the gun with the summer dresses, bringing them out much too early and then regretting it bitterly when I am stuck being totally inappropriately dressed for the weather.
Not gonna happen this year!

With that in mind I would like to share with you my little Pixie Hat, which I think is cute as a button.
 (You may not, it is a Marmite hat, you either love it or hate it!)

I of course saved it for photographing on my recent trip Sweden, as it deserved a frozen landscape to set it off to its best advantage!

It has a lovely texture, and is a super quick and easy project!

The pattern is from an old vintage magazine that I found, and want to share with you all, just in case you wanted to knit it up for yourself! ;-)

This is a lovely beginner project, so if you like it, I say give it a go!

X O X O 


Monday, 27 February 2017

Not a Christmas Jumper

As a maker of garments, I like to make things for specific occasions.
It's nice to have that deadline in mind in order to get things finished, otherwise I end up with multiple projects on the go, in various stages of completion (and/or disarray).

So when I was invited to Sweden for a week in the winter, I was certain that I needed to make a winter appropriate jumper to photograph in the snow.

Snow is not something we get in London, and oh boy was I excited to see it!!

 So when I came across this Fair isle jumper pattern, for Susan Crawford's Perfect Christmas Jumper, I had to make it.

Oh the joy of naivety!
Were I a better knitter, I would have known that this was a bit of a tricky project, but ignorance is bliss, and so I began.

I didn't realise it would take so long, 2 months, of all my free time, which I have never committed to one project before.
Or that knitting with 2 colours required so much of my concentration to make everything flat.(It was all puckered at first so I had to rip it back and start again)

But somehow, I managed it in the end!
And it is pretty cute, if I do say so myself!

And so, even though it is meant to be the perfect Christmas Jumper, to me it will always be my perfect swedish jumper, that I wore for a long walk, in a frozen wonderland, with my swedish friend.

Isn't it nice that garments absorb memories of the places we wore them, and who we were with, or is that just me?

X O X O 


Friday, 10 February 2017

#twirlywintercoatcollab with Butterick 5824

It was seriously time that I made myself a proper winter coat! 

The vintage one I have had for a while now, is so riddled with holes in the lining, that at this point, there are more holes than there is lining. (not one word of a lie!)

I realise that re-lining my coat seems simpler than making a whole new coat, but that may just be the most boring sewing task on earth, so it just won't get done! 

A brand new project is always better at keeping my attention!!

Naturally, with the option of making a coat, a dramatic swing style in an equally dramatic colour combo was inevitable!

I used Butterick 5824 , which is an oldie, but goodie. It is of course a Gertie pattern, oh how I love Gertie, she designs the best retro patterns!

Such a lovely, classic shape!

With dolman sleeves, a shawl collar and twirly skirt, this coat is a real show stopper!

Of course a collaboration isn't complete without a collaborator.
 So let me introduce Bianca from Vintage on tap which is one of my all time favourite sewing blogs!
She is the most fabulously dressed, sassy stitcher, who makes the most wonderful sewing videos of her makes.

Bianca has used a classic plaid fabric to make her coat much more of a wearable, everyday piece. With the classic shape which dramaticly swishes when you walk.

I spy some fab pattern matching going on here! I do love a pattern matched seam!
High five on that one Bianca!

Ooh, the lining of her coat is such a glorious pop of colour! I most definitely have a weakness for a snazzy lining!

If you like a vintage inspired make, her blog is a must.
Pop over to her blog HERE to check out the details of her beautiful twirly coat!

I knew immediately when I saw this Butterick pattern, that I wanted to make it a red coat. But when I thought up the leopard accents I was in two minds whether to go ahead.
Leopard and red are a classic, neutral combo to me though, so I had to do it! 

When I made the toile practice version of the collar, it just didn't sit right, so on my wool collar, I did do a bit of fancy stitch work. 
Half way through the hand stitching I did think it was a hideous waste of my time(it takes a lot of time) but it does hold the collars shape well and gives a lovely roll to it too. So it was worth the effort after all! 

A shawl collar really is very lovely in the back! 

And bound button holes, I always think they look super fancy!

I had to do a matching cuff in the leopard print, just to tie the whole look together!
Though the cuffs weren't included in the pattern, they are really just rectangles of fabric so weren't hard to add. 

I really do like those cuffs, they are such a chic finishing touch!

Pockets are one of those things that you really miss if you don't have them, especially in a coat. 
It does take a bit of extra time, but was worth every minute!

Lining is a make or break element to me. I like a slippery lining to make it easier to slip your arms into the coat when you put it on. And it just looks so put together and professional with a full satin lining.

How gorgeous a coat looks, really does become irrelevant though, if it isn't warm.
So to really insulate the body, I interlined the lining of the bodice and sleeves in lambswool/domette. 

It is now super duper toasty! Which is such a pleasure to wear on a cold day!

Personally I don't like an open lining, I like everything to be neat and tidy. So I went off-piste with the instructions and did a bagged out lining. I think it looks much nicer all enclosed with the little bias cotton facing.

This coat really is all about the skirt!
It is made for twirling and brings out you inner child who will prance and twirl in this coat with every step! (or maybe that's just me)

It is very full and will easily accommodate a circle of gathered skirt with a full petticoat underneath.

I'm super excited to have made this coat as it has allowed me to practice some new techniques as well as being able to swan about town in my red coat!

After all, every girl needs a red coat!

And sewing along with a fellow stitcher is such a support. You can scheme and plan your ideas with someone else, and have that backup for when things aren't working out as well as you had hoped. 

Thank you all for reading my post today, and thank you Bianca for such a fun project!