Sunday, 15 October 2017

Tilly Agnes Top

Tilly Agnes Top - I decided to make the Agnes in a jersey with more body - I will stick to cotton or poly jersey for this pattern. Beautiful diamond print polyester from Textiles Centre in autumn shades of black, brown and grey on peach.
I really love the Victorian style of the gathered sleeve, it makes the top distinctive but the look is still modern. The top and sides of the sleeve are gathered, the top centre of the sleeve is ruched with elastic. It's pleasant to sew and I'll be making a few nautical stripe versions this winter!
Necklace is the deathmoth by Sugar and Vice. It is chocolate brown with gold mirror, unique and good value at £25. 
Also ordered a Wren & Wilson bike pendant! My own bike is mint green so close enough!

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Deer & Doe Chardon Skirt

Deer and Doe Chardon skirt - available in paper pattern from France. Fabric is £4.99/m stretch cotton twill from Fabric Land in a tiny Aztec print on fresh white, I bought two metres and didn't need that much. I also cut the facings from the same and medium interfacing.
 I sewed a 42 to match a 40 hip and sewed the button loops (two at the front two on the reverse) and a centre back zip - I used an invisible one, which I also topstitched for security. I think the renovation of the pattern was a good idea as I wasn't keen on the bottom band so must have overlooked it. It is easy to make and easy to fit too obviously - I traced my pattern anyway to preserve the original paper.
I really enjoyed sewing this, it took one Saturday to make without rushing. It has box pleats at the front and also the back, then you stitch the pleat in the ditch to keep the pleats inside sharp, this creates the illusion of a smooth waistband - the centre of the belt should match up with the centre line in the skirt - it's a bit twisted on my hanger. I wore this skirt to work with a long sleeved shirt and I felt princessy in it, I think I could go down a size because my waist is smaller and there is comfortable ease in the hip. I've cut/pinned another in plain beige.

Friday, 22 September 2017

Style Arc Barb Pants - Nautical

I needed some casual trousers so I went for Barb pants: Etsy size 10-12-14 and a white and navy bengaline (Rosari skirt from the same fabric). French slogan sweater from Joanie Clothing outlet.
One of the little gardens on the way to Beachy Head from the train station.
Photos with the Itch to Stitch Vienna Top and a Ralph Lauren jacket from 2003!

Beachy Head to Birling Gap

Eastbourne is a pretty beach and historic hiking location. We stayed at Ellesmere Hotel, which kindly doesn't charge for your companion dog, clean and great value - recommended! It was £44 for a twin room, which I split with my friend. I took two days off work and we spent the time outdoors walking in the fresh air, we didn't go to any pubs or restaurants and instead chose picnics on the hills. Walk up South Downs National Park - there is a large hill from which you can catch a view of the town. Carry onto Beachy Head.
It's best to visit in sunshine because the chalk lights up a fresh white. Above, daytime; below, evening light / sunset.
We walked to Belle Tout lighthouse (not pictured) and onto Birling Gap. The step climbing and hills were great exercise with amazing views! I think we walked the equivalent of a half marathon on each day.
A chalk rest break. The steps down to here are closed in October so we were happy to visit in time.
Eastbourne Seafront.

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Hawaiian Willamette

Hey June Willammette cropped version. I've wanted a mens style Hawaiian shirt for a while, the short length on this one is quite flattering.
This shirt I sewed in July but I finally managed some photos albeit on a night out! I paired it with my favourite jeans, button up high waists which I thrifted in 2015. I used a rainforest print cotton twill and two faux horn buttons.
Necklace is AW17 Tatty Devine Beetle pendant. I worked an overtime Saturday and decided to buy some bling with it! It's perfect! Nature themed, a little bit creepy, shimmering colour and a substantial pendant that's not OTT. The low neckline of this shirt presents statement jewellery well.

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Willamette Shirt - Poplin

Hey June Willamette cropped view. This cotton poplin with clear buttons is my first version that I decided to throw on for an impromptu walk with Alice, these photos are in Reading on the rivermead side of Caversham Bridge whilst the festival was going on!
 We were blessed with gorgeous sunshine! It was also hot and humid, just as well I wore all cotton...

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Beausoleil Blouse & Rosari Skirt

Itch to Stitch Beausoleil Dress & Top - I was attracted to the French name, and the option for peplum. It's a simple versatile design, but also interesting enough to want to sew. I also like the smart appearance of sleeve cuffs in shirt patterns. I sewed size 4C with 8 peplum and graded between. It has front darts and a centre back invisible zip.
I like that this top is not too close fitting, it was smart, neat and fresh to wear.

I used rose print cotton lawn and white cotton lawn for facings.
This is an intermediate sewing pattern because it uses an all in one facing, understitching and pulling the back pieces through the shoulders can be tricky but it looks beautifully neat. I also edge stitched mine. The front and back facings and sleeve bands are interfaced, along with the centre back zip. I'd sew it again but stick with cotton lawn or viscose, something that presses easily. I used a white invisible zip as that is what I already had left over from last summer and silver hook and eye. I think the cut outs add a modern edge to a granny chic print like this one!
Pauline Alice Rosari Skirt
I used white/navy bengaline and golden/charcoal tortoiseshell buttons, this is the patch pocket version. Understitched the button facings and waistband so it was crisp to press and topstitch. I would say the waistband comes up 1 inch smaller than the garment measurement listed.
I wore a Eucalyptus brand shirt (made in UK) and my Rosari skirt for the walk (and pub!). The deer in Hampton Wick area. The parks shoot them to 'control the population' which is definitely a lie as humans far outnumber the deer! They are gorgeous gentle animals.
 This deer was wading through the water and his friend was throwing mud over his shoulder to keep cool.
We purchased a London travelcard for £15.80 on the railcard, but you can visit Richmond or Hampton Wick from Reading avoiding the underground and probably around £13.