Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Cross Back Aprons Galore

I've been busy with the cross back pinnies.  My personal favourite is the pink dog roses.

The unused vintage bark cloth is pretty good.

The always popular hand embroidered beauty.

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

See & Sew Jumpsuit

All of a sudden the summer clothes don't fit.

My smallest assistant decided she'd knock up her own with the help of Butterick See & Sew.

Then she stole my favourite Ankara.

A job well done.

Mine's the same pattern but turned out a bit more Winston Churchill!

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Yellow and Grey

This is some amazing rubberised lace that I found on my travels, it's so good because it still retains the integrity of the lace structure even though it's been soaked in rubber which makes it strong and flexible but with the appearance of the fragility of lace.  I've laid the lace over some silver linen which is pretty good stuff on its own and made a gorgeous little clutch. 

I'm working on lots of greys and yellows at the moment, always a good combination.
  I love this grey fade, perfect for the summer.

Who could resist a knit print fabric?  Well certainly not me, it's now a project bag over in the shop. 

Shetland Tweed from my travels to Shetland Wool Week last year, love a bit of pinstripe.

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Ginger Jeans

I made myself a pair of Ginger Jeans from Closet Case Patterns.  
These are my muslin, (practice), and I'm pretty pleased with them.

The denim needs a bit of stretch, 
I got three to try from The Fancy Silk Store and started off with my least favourite.

These are the high-rise version and so comfy.

The reason most people make clothes is not because of cost - it could be - but more likely because of fit.  I've spent years in badly fitting jeans, big thighs,  big hip bones but proportionally smaller waist does not tally with the majority of jeans around at the moment, skinny leg and low-rise.

These were a lot easier to make than I expected.

At times I did have to suspend my practical thinking and experience and just go with the instruction book and of course it worked.

I was chuffed with my zip insertion.

The pockets meet up at the zip which gives an altogether smoother silhouette.

Top stitching is much easier with something under your machine foot when you get to a bulky seam and of course I hammered a lot of my bulk before I started.

Fly before it was unpicked and revealed.

I made serious notes, it's a lot easier with two sewing machines, one set up for top stitching.

My pocket idea was a serene swan leaving a Hokusai style wave in it's wake.  I could have executed the pocket design better but I was impatient to get them on and I think they'll do for a first attempt.

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Monster Totes

A bit of sun at last,  I've been busy in the studio with a few totes.

Can't beat a good bit of vintage Sanderson.