Sunday, 3 December 2017

Sew House 7 Toaster Sweater 1

I had to sew another toaster sweater to replace last year's toaster 1, which I had made in a soft bouncey white cotton tshirting, the toaster 1 is effortless cool - so quick to sew up, and the topstitching is snazzy. I bought the pink French terry £7/m ebay last winter so it's another stash buster. I have just under 2 metres left of it for another sweater project.
My inspiration photo had an oversized hot pink turtleneck, indigo blue jeans and a black cowboy belt. 1980's or early 1990s. I don't normally go for bright colours but I wanted to recreate that sweater!
The brooch is the Laika space dog from November's Kimchi and Coconut subscription box. 

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Mimi Blouse and Deer & Doe Chardon Skirt

Tilly and the Buttons Mimi blouse (Love at First Stitch book, UK) with Deer & Doe Chardon Skirt (French, PDF now available). I sewed this shirt with the skirt in mind so I'd have a matching handmade outfit! I am wearing a limited edition Kimchi and Coconut Vaquita necklace, 10% of the purchase price goes to marine conservation. My two loves, style and the freedom/love of animals. It has a beautiful metallic finish.
My hair is in the way but the back features a yoke (easy to sew - no burrito method, this has separate facings) and light gathering in the centre back.
Cream trenchcoat is Oliver Bonas purchased last year. I had intended on wearing a cropped jacket to show off the lovely bell shape of the skirt but it's cold outside! This time I wore a tan belt to add some contrast between the white printed fabrics and it matches the horn-marbled buttons.There's no bump in the skirt, I just had to move the excess fabric to the back when tightening the belt.
This blouse is lowcut, which I think is very flattering with the V neck look of the collar. 
My changes to the pattern were to:- sew a narrow hem instead of the 3cm allowance and I added an extra button; sew narrows cuffs using the arm sleeve facing instead of turning it inside. Love at First Stitch: £12.75-£20  I will probably only make this pattern, and it's still worth it as I can see this as a staple blouse for plain colours. I like the relaxed fit around the body and gentle shaping at the hip, it's very wearable.
Deer and Doe Chardon skirt - French style!  Made in September. Fabric is £4.99/m stretch cotton twill from Fabric Land in a tiny Aztec print on fresh white. 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 invisible. 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.
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.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Kimchi & Coconut / Beach

This weekend I went to Eastbourne for a coastal getaway and decided to take some snaps for the Kimchi and Coconut outfit-along! Wearing Kimchi and Coconut Galactic Whale and a cotton lawn beausoleil top made in the summer.
Blue shimmer. Beachy Head in the background:-
October subscription box and Platypus necklace by Kimchi and Coconut. Moon earrings by Tatty Devine. I went for plain white for this outfit because of the statement platypus, I have a khaki shirt dress which would also suit. This ensemble is more suitable for walking / weekend beach trip.

I do plan to wear the platypus with my handmade Hawaiian shirt in bright rainforest colours! 
I also got a snap of the Tatty Devine witch "potion" bottle, which I ordered with the moon earrings:
 I made her doggy bag two years ago!

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Jewellery Making: Parrots & Troplical Flowers

My favourite colour combination is ocean blues and lime green. I ordered some pluemeria flower fimo beads 10-12mm £4 and selected the lime, white and blue. recycled heishi beads, and three fimo roses 18mm. I chose to connect these beads with eyepins.
I made the bracelet from left over fimo beads and two 6mm aventurine stones. The firepolish rondeles I bought new from a charity shop as part of a sealed Totally Beads amethyst & fluorite jewellery kit for £3, I don't believe in good karma but I have been donating and gifting jewellery lately and there it was! Double threaded bracelet (2 rondelles per flower) in tigertail (strong and sturdy). I kept the threading tight and as a result the flowers stay outward facing. 
Large dusty pink fimo roses, I bought these thinking I would just make earrings as they are my favourite flower, instead I used all ten on one necklace! 10 for £3.99. Contrasting green and lime wooden parrots.
I never waste or hoard beads as you can use remaining beads for spacers, I used leftover fimo outline roses and mismatching plumeria flowers.

I was having a charity clearout and found my jewellery making collection so I made necklaces from beads I already had:-
I love 1980s style parrot necklaces but I couldn't find any, so I bought the craft beads on ebay, the colours arrived as yellow, lime, green, violet and red. The lime is my favourite as they resemble the cute parrots in Barcelona. Foil hearts in turquoise bought originally to make a sea inspired bracelet. Polymer roses purchased for purse making. Metal spacers from a necklace bought in haste at the train station.

Grey Rose -
Metal spacers and seed beads from a recycled necklace, pink foil beads (10 years old, only had enough to make something small), sea green turquoise hearts I purchased originally to make a bracelet, leftover aventurine stones (pale green), recycled emerald-green glass beads. Recycled closures.
I bought the polymer clay roses for sewing onto handmade purses but I figure these would be too delicate for that.

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.
Beachy Head.
 Eastbourne Seafront:-
With the Itch to Stitch Vienna Top and a Ralph Lauren jacket from 2003!