Monday, 14 August 2017

Lavender lady

I have wanted to visit a lavender field for the longest time, so when an opportunity presented itself I knew I needed to make a dress to wear. 

I wanted something with a whimsical feel but a simple shape because it was a very last minute make and I didn't have a dress pattern to work from. 

The fabric is a cotton Broidery Anglaise which I had in stash.
 I don't usually like to keep fabric in stash because I find I tend to go off them if they don't get made into something while I am still excited about it. 
I had got to the point where I had forgotten what I had bought this fabric for and I was irritated that it was taking up space in my very limited storage. 

It is such a beautiful fabric though, and I didn't want it to go to waste. 

I used a classic men's coat buttons in brown down the front. 
They have an almost tortoise shell effect that I rather like, and compliments my new Joanie sunglasses that I picked up in their sale last week. 

I naturally had to team this dress with my favourite straw hat for a stroll about the lavender field! 

At first I cut the neckline totally straight, but I went back in mid sew and slightly curved it into a slight sweetheart shape, which I much prefer. 
It is still only a very subtle change but I do think it looks softer. 

Outfit Details
Dress- Me Made, self drafted
Hat- Old Accesorize
Sunglasses- Joanie Clothing

The hem ruffle is possibly my favourite element of the dress!
I allowed the scalloped edge to border the bottom hem and the result is such a sweet little detail. 

I am so happy with the result, and the white fabric photographed much better than I had thought it would! 
It's always such a shame when the beauty of something just doesn't translate well in a picture. 

My new favourite shoes from Rocket Originals are absolutely darling and go with practically everything! I would most definitely recommend the brand to anyone that has been on the fence about purchasing from them online. 

The lavender was magnificent, and the smell was intoxicating! 
I could smell it in the air as soon as I got off the bus. 

The Mayfield lavender field was a lovely little afternoon trip, it is always so refreshing to take a step away from the usual, everyday routine to see something special. 



And a special thank you to my lovely friend Maria who took an afternoon jaunt to the countryside and who took such lovely pictures for me. 

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